BeerandBlues2 (13661) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Draught at Stone Company Store Oceanside. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, heavy chocolate and roast malt with prunes, light earthy hops and moderate Belgian yeast esters. Flavor is heavy chocolate and roast malt, lightly ashy with prunes, vanilla, light earthy hops and bitterness, Belgian yeast esters and spices and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. MrZoe77 (1) - - MAR 24, 2014 does not count
Imperial Russian Stout has a chocolatey overtone but not overwhelming.. I think it's a nice go between for those that like stouts/IPA's.. Great beer
MrWatsInYourDrink MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churhill's Pub in San Marcos, CA. (This is NOT the anise version.)
Opaque, near black with small khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of cherry, roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey, caramel and toast with an alcohol burn at the finish. Heavy toast, chocolate and whiskey.
Medium body and high carbonation.
A cherry scent is prominent on the nose, but cherry is not apparent in the taste. The taste is like a toasted chocolate whiskey liquoure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle pours black hardly any head. Smells roasty hops chocolate spice nice. Good over all bit bitter nice taste. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2012
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
Name: IRS 2010, Belgo
Date: October 06, 2010
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, lots of phenolic spicyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of funky phenolic spicyness, light earthyness, winey fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
2003 tap pour - from notes:
Opaque black with oily appearance. No head to speak of by the time I sit down with the brew. Smells beautiful. Caramel, smoke, toffee, bitter chocolate, and surprisingly still present floral hops. Taste is marvelous, too. Worthers toffee, cigar tobacco, dark dark chocolate, bitter west coast hops, and even a little orange creamsicle. Simply oustanding beer. hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft... pitch black ale with a small, creamy beige head. The bouquet is of dark chocolate intertwined with dark-fruity, spicy, Belgian esters and phenols. Full-bodied and silken with lazy carbonation. The flavor presents bittersweet dark chocolate encased in a caramely, clove-candy shell. Finishes roasty and burnt with a kiss of fudge sweetness. Ron (4064) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2012
On Tap at MacGregor’s. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of raisins, grapes, dates and licorice. Flavors of chocolate, raisins, prunes. Medium to light bubbles. Thick and sticky body. A little alcohol in the flavor. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Far better than the anise version. Black pour, and tan head. The toasted sugar inside seafoam candy is on the nose. Brown sugar and honey, over dark chocolate. Similar flavor, and it’s a little hot. Tasty, and but I’ll take the American version any day. raphael (1282) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2011
This smells like something that shouldn’t be here, like mint, something medicinal? maybe its licorice, with milk chocolate, alcohol & dark fruit. dark tan head over darkest brown. not the thickest imp stout but a fine mouth feel..tasting makes the licorice definite, roast malt, a prune-oak sourness. must be hops but don’t know where.
way quirky beer. well-crafted, of course, but just a little bit not me.