PhillyCraft (8186) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
On tap at Reservoir with bill, pours pitch black with mocha medium head, thick lace. Notes of heavy espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasty malt, green pepper and light vanilla. Sticky palate with medium body. Full flavored and warming. Booze is relatively well hidden. Nice RobertDale (6976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with mocha head and wavy sheets of lace. Nose of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. Pretty creamy with a ton of coffee flavor along with chocolate, vanilla, licorice, roasted malts. Pretty sweet up front. Not overly bitter with all that coffee but some bitterness on the finish. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick airy light brown head. Rich, sweet nose of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans, and dark sugars. Charred, roasted body with notes of dark fruits, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee beans; high octane with alcohol heat that flares the nostrils. Very good beer. brystmar (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Plenty of rich coffee aroma amidst the chocolatey, roasty stout foudation. Deep, dark, roasty base unleashes a hearty burst of espresso after each sip. A touch boozy as it descends; a few months should provide a good trade-off between smoothing out the heat while ensuring the coffee remains intact.
matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Good body; a touch too much carb for the style. Stone's IRS proves its versatility yet again.
Of course this exceptional, but not sure I can detect the espresso undertones--albeit I do drink a lot of espresso beverages. Even with the ABV slightly elevated from previous versions, this thing is still smooth as hell and a pleasure. Wish I could detect the espresso, but that might not be possible due to my over-consumption of espresso itself. 220z bomber. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Pours thick and dark unclear with a beautiful creamy cocoa head. The aroma is the weakest part here, almost nothing even at room temp, just some roasted malts. Starts out with a big creamy body that brings on the roasted malts and coffee and a smooth espresso bite as wanted. The flavor is really smooth and delicious, brining no alcohol bite either. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Smells like the coffee isle at Central Market. Deep brown/brack with a thin, alchy tan head. I don’t even like coffee but this is delicious. There’s enougj roasty malt and dry cocoa taste to make it balanced. It finishes powerful but smooth. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brownish black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Has a sweet citrus taste with a nice roast layer and chocolate notes on the back end. A hoppy, roasty, chocolaty stout. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 2013 odd year. Pours thick and black with a brown one finger head. Big coffee, roasted chocolate and hops aroma. This smells and looks much thicker than the regular RIS I had. Lots of rich chocolate aroma with the espresso. Sweet up front mellowed by the earthy spicy coffee bitterness. Still a bit of hop bite in this to go along. Flavors fade into sweet chocolate fudge, yum! Very little of the fruit and anise that I get from the standard RIS, and lots of coffee. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. So much fudge and goodness that there is no sign of the 11% abv. This is really well done and possibly rivals FBS (one of my favorites). Makes me want to revisit the standard version.