jonno (2762) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
Tap at Small Bar. Soft vanilla nose. Smooth. The belgian yeast really stomps on this and the aniseed in the finish gets a bit out of control. Still a good beer, but when the base beer is the amazing IRS, this is a bit of a disappointment. Very rich - too much so. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Small Bar Logan Square for the Chicago Takeover. Black with a thick tan head. Very spicy aroma with a lot of clove and dark chocolate. Rich chocolate and clove flavor with moderate fruitiness. The belgian yeast for the most part just seems to add a spicy clove flavor to the regular beer, and I like the mix with the malt here. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. I’d like to see more of this. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: Very aroumatic phenolic, cloves, chocolate. Some astringency, impy hoppings, tasty vineous, carbonic and a touch of sour and tasty. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coconut, Belgian yeast, raisins, and some chocolate. Flavor of yeast, light char, chocolate, roasted grain, some citrus, and raisins. Nice warming sensation as it goes down. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 event in Baltimore. Dark black, almost no white ring. Lots of milky sweetness, light oat and grain notes, creamier than the other Impy stouts, and like 10th Anniversary, a bit more balance and showing less age than the others, though without the fruit complexity.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: Pours out an essentially black body with a thick, persistent, light beige-hued head.
Smell: Still contains the chocolaty, coffee-hinted, roasty aromas of the original, but it seems softer, less punchy. The aroma gains some enduring spicy phenols and a vigorous dark fruitiness teamed with a bit of banana.
Taste: Sweet, sugared, coffee-toned roastiness enveloping melty chocolate morsels given a sweetness boost from a few sugar packets. Slightly elevated fruitiness of faintly tart plums, prunes, and even a bit of banana. Spicy traces of licorice powder and coriander throughout the flavor. Complimentary bitterness, though still seemingly less than one would find in the original. Finishes a tad sweet with a small sip of chocolate-flavored coffee and slowly closes with a lingering fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: The selected Belgian yeast strain provides for some fun, new nuances. It’s a nice novelty, though I would still take the original Stone RIS over this. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Aroma is char, burnt chocolate malt, chocolate, a bit of roast, and some fruity yeast esters. Flavor is rich chocolate, milk, some roast, tar, and banana, fruity yeast esters. I rarely like stouts made with belgian yeast. I just don’t enjoy this combination of flavors I think, This seems well made, not to disjointed, but I don’t enjoy it. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
On tap at Small Bar - Logan. Thanks Kan for the sample. Black pour with a beige head. Lots of Belgian yeast in the nose with burnt malts and candies. Sweet chocolate candied flavors overly sweet and strange with that Belgian yeast. Sweet finish. 7/3/7/3/14 ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover tour event. pours jet black with a thick, creamy, beige head with sheets of lace left on the glass. aroma is damn nice and very unique with big roasted malts, cocoa, licorice, and light coffee backed by spicy, herbal yeast, sage, orange peel, and dark raisins. flavor is delicious as well with the belgian yeast adding a unique, herbal, spicy complement to the roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate sauce of the irs with smokey licorice and dark fruits on the back end. palate is full bodied and smooth on the tongue with light carbonation and a lingering, herabl, roasted finish. overall, an interesting and delicious take on the irs. italarican (1550) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Thin black pour with a khaki head. Aroma is slightly smoky with some milk chocolate and rum. Odd blend of citrus, dark malts, and burnt toast. Finish is charred toast and dark chocolate. Definitely not my favorite Stone stout.