kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2011
Name: IRS 2010, GK Mad Man Mix
Date: October 06, 2010
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: black, fine an head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of roasted, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of spicyness, light peppery finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Handbottle… Clear, dark brown ale with a flimsy, fat-bubbled, tan head. The fantastic bouquet is a synergetic merging of fudge, vanilla, cinnamon and chili peppers. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. Deeply roasted malts, vanilla, fudge, medium bitter hops and mild acidity really pull the flavor together. Roasty, moderately bitter, chili-warm finish. Truly throat-warming. Bottle courtesy of 50belair! Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a dark brown, cola colour with no head. Light, fruit aroma. Flavour is hoppy, malt, citrus, peppers, spice. Quite nice but nothing special, or at least that’s what my notes say. I had this beer, who knows when, at a Stone event. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Big thanks to my buddy in SD for this gem. Dark brown/black pour with a small white head. I’m a little under the weather so I couldn’t really identify the aromas. The taste was interesting with dark roasted malts, some smoke flavors (maybe from the porter?), a little heat on the back end from the chipotle peppers, and a strange kind of acidity. Wacky stuff but I’m glad I got an opportunity to try it.... chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at Small Bar into a goblet for the Stone 40 tap take over...Black pour with a medium carbonation...The aroma is sweet, spicy, and herbal. Vanilla, cherries, spice, and fresh herbs (sage?!) that broke up the sweetness but not a great addition...The taste is also very malty with an aftertaste of the herbs.
This is an ok beer, but a blend that was probably left unblended. I wouldn’t give it a try unless your a ticker.
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Growler. Dark black pour, 1 finger tan head. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, plum, burnt coffee, spicey kick in the back of the throat, certainly chipotle, and lightly "spiced". Strange IRS, which I guess is the point, certainly a nice beer to try, but I wouldn’t go to it often. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Appearance: Served up a near black body with a very, very thin, beige head.
Smell: Roasty malts, some chocolate, some coffee, and a sliver of vanilla bean. An opened can of chipotle in adobo sauce sprinkled with dried sage. Meager hints of dark fruits and citric hops.
Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness, moderately sweet, with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Then, some citrusy accents and some smokey, heated pepper character gives the tongue a little singe. Traces of dark fruits and berries. Thin hint of vanilla. Curious touches of sage leaves. Roasty, earthy bitterness. A bit more baker’s chocolate and pepper on the finish. Huh?
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lightly carbonated.
Overall: An oddity, really, one to be poked at and prodded, maybe even shunned from civilization, and, if you’re daring, given a sip or two. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Growler fill from brewery, a special tap for Stone’s "Gregface" event tonight. Pours pitch black with great big fluffy mocha brown head (gushed out of the growler, actually). Aroma is actually toward the weaker side, but includes mellow roasted malts, notable hops, light smoke, light sage, some wood, dark fruit, and a hint of pepper. Flavor is also "soft" relative to normal IRS. Tastes of smooth roasted malts, significant hop notes (citrus and pine), dark fruit, light chocolate, and hints of the sage and chipotle. I don’t know the details of the blend, but I think there is definitely some Arrogant and/or Double Bastard -- smells and tastes like a blend of IRS and the Bastards. Finishes lightly fruity-sweet. Altogether this is quite "soft" relative to other versions of Stone IRS that I have tried (regular, barrel aged, 10th Anniversary Blend). I prefer all of these other IRS versions, though I appreciate the uniqueness of this. (34, 482) JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap at RNH. Deep brown pour. The nose is quite soft. Chewy with a soft oaky/bourbony sweetness on the back of the palate. An unusual soft fruitiness in here as well - an herbal and spicy sort of sage flavour pops out from the back. The roast is quite subdued but there is a sort of herbal astringency and a little bit of woody/earthy spiciness. Very unique brew although I don’t love it. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore.
A-pours a jet black color with little to no head, of what you can conjure up you get a thin bubbly tan topping.
S-burnt plums, lots of sweetness, burnt stale coffee, more sugar with notes of toffee and caramel.
T-big malt sweetness, loads of roasted and slightly burnt flavors with burnt plums and some stale coffee behind. the coffee bitterness lingers for a fair bit.
M-medium body, smooth and creamy on the palate. carbonation is a little light and the finish is a little thin.
D-a little stale and singular, big time roasted and burnt malts with a lot of sugar and malt sweetness.