Capa (3298) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Poures black with a dark tan head. Aroma is invinting. Alcohol, molasses, roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Aroma is dominated by the molasses. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol are in there. Mouth is thick and creamy. Finishes with a enjoyable alcohol warming. I’m glad I finally got to try this after missing it a couple times, great beer. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
I cracked open a 2005 of this not all too long ago. Very thick black pour with a nice tan mocha head that stuck around for a little while. Lots of roasted bitterness in the aroma, coffee, and chocolates, dark fruits, licorice, and dark malt flavors really shine through. A very good beer...Stone rarely disappoints. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a deep jet black, with a dense one finger head that settles very slowly to a thick layer of foam, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.
Smell; dark roasted coffee mixed with bittersweet chocolate. There’s a nice presence of dark fruits, and I’m also getting a little bit of anise.
Taste; the aroma of this beer is really good, but the flavor is incredible. The coffee and chocolate flavors come through much more prominently than they did in the nose. Dark fruits, such as plums and a touch of cherries, fill out the middle, and a touch of that anise and a spicy alcohol presence round out the end. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it’s only a little, and doesn’t detract from the beer at all.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and very creamy, with a very good drikability that would be higher if this were not such a thick beer.
Whenever I try a beer with the magnitude of hype that surrounds a beer such as Stone’s IRS, I’m always a bit worried that it won’t live up to it. However, with this one, I had no reason to worry. What a great beer. Beer5000 (6486) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Body is the definition of black. Head is creamy and dark brown. Aroma is complex, coffee, dry fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, even some fruit and vanilla – It’s all here. Flavor has all the promising contents from the aroma, extremely delicate and well balanced. Loooong warming finish. A nice full bodied beer. Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2007
22 oz bottle (Limited Early 2005 Release): Pours motor oil black with a mininmal tan head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is roasty with hints of coffee, fruits and alcohol. Initial flavor has a rich roastiness with a coffee bitterness. Full body, smooth with alcohol warming. Excellent sipping brew!
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
’03 bottle. Black pour with la small loose brown head. Big coffee flavor and aroma, lots of alcohol, raisin, dates and brown sugar. Full body with a nice alcohol warming. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22oz from Jason Boboski, Limited Early Summer 2005 Release, (so about two years old) thanks! Poured pretty aggressively and got a film of tan head at best, oily thick black body. Huge aroma of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruits, molasses, charred wood, a bit of grain. Flavor is full of roast and pretty much the same with a tiny bit of salted peanuts. The finish was of course roasty with just a bit of bitterness. Not near as bitter as I’d have guessed. Slick thick body, minimal carbonation, good stuff. bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2007
I don’t exactly remember what this tastes like, but I remember my rating. Ha! UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
I can’t remember the year of the bottle, I am sorry to say. I tasted some saltyness in my bottle. Almost similar to soy sauce, but that might just be that my brain equated the blackness of each of them. Nevertheless, it is very impressive to be drinking a beer, and thinking of soy sauce, and realizing that it works out to make a very good beer. No surprise that it is in the top 50. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours a dark black with brown head. Aroma is sweet dark malts and lots of molasses. Nice sweet dark malts with a nice smooth finish. Good RIS.