itfitz (10) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow -- this is one of the best-assembled Imperial Russian Stouts I’ve ever had.
Stone throws their signature hops into this -- at first, the idea sounds dubious, but the result is more than pleasant.
Make sure you read the back label. It’s hilarious and reflects the great sense of humor that the Stone guys have. But it also gives some insight as to how and why they did what they did to this stout.
This stout is all about coffee. It pours looking like a faintly-ruby red motor oil, with a nice tan cafe-au-lait head.
The aroma is again coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate, floral hops and citrusy fruit. It’s a quite-pleasing smell.
Once it hits your tastebuds, the real fun begins. Not surprisingly, coffee jumps at you, but the chocolate and roasted malt follow on quickly. It is mildly-heavy, but less so than other Russian Stouts. You won’t want to drink more than 2 or 3 of these.
It finishes well, the carbonation being replaced by a velvety smoothness, and leaving a great aftertaste.
Stone has hit another home run with their version of an Imperial Russian Stout. Chtob vse byli zdorovy!
dbhenry (120) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a beer of extremes: extremely heavy body (and very high alcohol content), extremely dark, caramelized malt, and very high hoppiness. It is more like taking medicine than drinking a beer. All the elements are very high quality, but it is just too over-the-top to be an enjoyable drinking experience.
VastActiv (2623) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.665l from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Enjoyed at Nivala. 2014 Release. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavors: Coffee, dark chocolate, some spices and roasted malts.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone Lumia 625
allmyvinyl (2889) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh... thought I’d done this before... Pours black, thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the aroma, same on the taste, but a bit thin, surprisingly thin. Bit disappointed.
Pilgrim_211 (4) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My friend Mike hyped this one up so much that I thought it wouldn't live up to all the fuss, but it definitely didn't let me down. It's one of my favorites period.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Stuu666 (1659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, lots of chocolate, liquorice, dry roasted malts, coffee. Quite thin and disappointing on keg - 3.5. Bottles gets the 4.3.
aenima (242) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar. Balanced finish. Maybe a little to balanced and boring.
arnold931 (445) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Third Base. Make sure you let this warm up first. Pours deep brown with huge tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is delicious chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
hackobock (1198) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Black with a one inch dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet licorice and milk chocolate in the background with a dark roasted bitterness growing and finish is medium bitter roasted with a sweet milky note. Texture is sticky, medium bodied.
jdobbs (352) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is very unique and I really like it. The taste is a real hefty dose of roasted flavors with a bit of the alcohol bite as this ones pushing 11% here. Definitely a beer that the guys over at Stone take pretty seriously. If you’ve actually found this in the store and they aren’t sold out BUY IT! not for the newbie.
BeerBeCue (99) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 edition bomber poured into Stone IRS snifter...hehe! Pours a nice almost-back with some copper highlights with a finger-thick head, reducing to a medium patch of foam. Aromas are of liquorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is medium-sweet, somewhat bitter...honestly my tongue is a bit confused by this one...! Body is, sure enough, rather full, texture is slick/oily, and carbonation pretty low. The brew interestingly has some astringency in the aftertaste, which is also quite (but not overpoweringly) bitter. Overall: amazing. I wish I would’ve bought two and drank one fresh, but I decided to age this one for 2 years. One of the best imperial russian stouts I have ever drank, the other one being Old Rasputin.