gyllenbock (9323) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a two finger khaki color. I’m quite impressed with how well the head retains itself given its gravity, though there isn’t significant lacing left on the glass.
S: Well, it’s certainly a coffee bomb, that’s for sure. I notice a bit of licorice and chocolate in a (vain) attempt to balance the big coffee, as well. Meh, who cares - I love coffee, so I love the aroma.
T: Just like regular Stone IRS, there’s a lot of licorice flavors to open this one up. The coffee explodes after the midtaste - and it’s my favorite feature of the brew. It’s not really balanced though, because of how the coffee and licorice notes dominate everything. Nor is any real complexity is to be found. Ah well, I enjoy the coffee character, at least.
M: I like that the finish is mildly dry, because I find the regular IRS too hard to drink (even compared with other big imperial stouts). Given the ABV, it’s pretty easy to down, but I think there’s too much generic licorice sweetness that gets in the way of things.
O: Looking back at my review archive, I can’t believe I gave the regular IRS a 4. Because of that, I don’t blame Stone for adding a shitload of coffee to a (in my opinion) blah RIS. As a coffee stout, though, it doesn’t compare with FBS or Wake-N-Bake. However, it’s still pretty good at the end of the day - but I’m not sure where all the high reviews are coming from. At least it’s better than Oak-Smoked Old Guardian, right? ...right?
Bottle bought at Systembolaget in 2013. Black with a medium tan head. Smooth with espresso, dark chocolate, some dark bread and light licorice. Sweetish and with a full body. A nice one. Svesse (8615) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2017
(Bottle) Black colour with brief, frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, cacao, black rye bread and raisins. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, black rye bread, liquorice, raisins in brandy and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a certain sweetness shining through. Fairly straightforward, but tasty, well made and solid with lots of black coffee and dark chocolate. Excellent beer. dorain (423) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Vom Fass (Version 2013) im Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-04 getrunken. Aus der Imperial Russian Stout Reihe gab ja schon einige Version ins Glas, doch dieses wirkt unstimmig. Denn ja hier sind die Mokkanorten deutlich anwesen. Leider ZU deutlich so das dieses Stout eine deutliche Bitterkeit durch die Röststoffe erhalten hat. Am Ende bleiben nach Abzüge in der B Note immer noch recht gutes Imperial Stout. WillRunForBeer (2675) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Draft at Aces. 2013 vintage. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, coffee. Flavor follows. Creamy, full mouthfeel with dark chocolate, dark coffee. This tastes fresh. Held up well! gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours black with a light brown head. Slight green pepper nose, bitter coffee, chocolate. Slightly viscous mouthfeel, fudge. Mild sweetness.
MrTipple (5378) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
Sweet coffee, dark, intense roast, dark chocolate, pralines, dark, toasted malts. Dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. More intense coffee, chocolate, dark toasted malts, cacao, light alcohol, soft carbonation, full bodied. Superb Impy, great aroma and palate, very intense and rich. Keg at Stone Brewing, Berlin. dambor (727) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 28, 2017
2013 version on tap at Stone Berlin. Pours black with creamy head disappearing fast. Aroma: a clear espresso kick coupled with roasted malts and a little bit of pleasant coffee sourness. Taste: nice roasty taste with some coffee and a good bitter palate. The coffee is pretty dominating but it is a fantastic tasty RIS. nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is smoky and ashy with a nice coffee note, some chocolate, some anise. Flavor is slightly sweet, good coffee, some bitterness, some anise. Full bodied and slick feel. Pretty good. mikeyo1 (840) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle @ home. Cellared for 3,5 years. Pours a black liquid with a tan to brown head. Aroma is richly roasted with coffee, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, red fruits, dark bread, dates. Some tobacco, resinous plums, pears/cognac and soy sauce in background. Body is big, carbonation low with a fantastic mouth feel that starts out with rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Together in a smooth but roasted palate that lasts for several seconds than nicely transcends into an increasing coffee and espresso sensation that lasts throughout the roasted aftertaste. Aftertaste also has slightly vinous dark fruits, dark syrup, ash and dark chocolate lingering Nische (2291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget, cellared for a year or two. Pitch black with tan head, leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, ground coffee, red berries, a bit of roast. Taste is similar with quite a bit of sweetness. Roasted, coffee finish.