brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Black in color with a small tan head. Super sour nose. A bit of vinegar, some roasted malt, rubbing alcohol, and nail polish remover. This is awful. The flavor burns and the beer hurts to drink. What I’d imagine nail polish remover and windex tastes like. Holy crap. Roasted malt, alcohol, and vinegar...white vinegar. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
I’m sad that the IRS on tap this time was just their regular IRS. It was a fine brew, just not the world-changer that the aged version must’ve been. Color rich thick black with strong brown head. Not overly thick in the glass. Nose sweet dark fruit and roast malt. Taste lots of different dark sweetnesses including dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and the slightest hint of chocolate. I didn’t pick up any coffee nor cocoa bittering. Good, but not amazing. imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Tap at brewery. The brewer said that this was a 06 version that was aged. Pour is pitch black with nice lacy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and strong coffee. Flavor is outstanding with coffee notes, nice malt presence, and a slight vanilla in the finish. The body is so thick on this guy. This is what a RIS should be. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
On tap at the brew pub. I had both this and the bad-ass barley wine on the same night and what a shock to find two such great beers at a hole in the wall kind of place in Fresno. this beer poured a deep deep black color with a thin tan head. Aroma was roast roast and more roasted malt, with just a hint of caramel and some coffee, chocolate and yeast in the background. The mouthfeel on this was smooth as silk. Went down very easy, no harsh bitter aftertaste. This was a tremendously tasty beer. If you’re in Fresno this is worth the trip into the sketchy neighborhood. TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Holy shit! I found a gem in the middle of the Fresno ghetto! I am really stoked because the head brewmaster Bill takes aging very serious. This was an ’06 on tap!!!!! For a small brewery this guy knows what is good for a beer. Time in the fuckin dark! California brewers watch out. This RIS is fuckin insane. No joke probably the 2nd best RIS I’ve ever had. Poured dark with an eight of an inch of brown head. Nose was toasted marshmellow and coffee. Taste was incredibly smooth and easy drinking. As it warmed it got better and better. Got a ton of coffee and was really really wet on the finish. Very full bodied and thick. A little too pricey is the only downfall.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Beer was released in November ’06.
The pour looks good, pitch black. The head is totaly missing, not sure why. Smell is good, a little light for a russian imperial stout. Taste is all caramel, with a hint of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is full, and finishes smooth for the 11% ABV and caramel fullness.