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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and well, sinful, you might worry that you’ll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. It almsot seems evil. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in it’s production...you’ll have to add that on your own. This Odd Year addition was brewed in the authentic, historical style of an imperial russian stout, but with the addition of several hundred pounds of espresso beans from our friends at Ryan Bros. Coffee. Actually, this could be considered historically accurate, since the Russian nobility were as fond of earthy breakfast beverages as they were of hearty dark beers. Catherine the Great herself bolstered her finesse for ruling an empire by drinking five cups of black coffee every morning during her lengthy reign. While we couldn’t fit five cups coffee in every bottle of this darkly delicious libation, we assure you that the deep, rich espresso flavors are unmistakable and meld beautifully with the roasty bitterness of the dark malts. Catherine would have whole-heartedly approved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at Iron Monkey Jersey City. Pours near black. Medium roasted malts, sweet coffee, hints of dark fruits, light boozy notes, and medium malty sweetness. Pretty good; not overly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3323) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
Flaska från SB ca ett halvår gammal. Stor kropp, kärv doft och smak med mycket kaffe. Stora kärva smaker av hårdrostat kaffe, mörk choklad, men också viss sötma som rundar av smakerna och en lite örtigare grön kaffesmak. Som att dricka kärv espresso. Maffigt och riktigt gott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is black with dark caramel head. The nose has a strong roasted coffee up front, touch of anise, slight dark malt and caramel. Taste is even more roasted coffee, notes of dark chocolate, roasted brown sugar and caramel with some faint berry sweetness in back. Body is thick and viscous, strong carbonation to balance, sticky and chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Pours black with a tan/orange expresso head. Aroma of coffee coffee and more coffee. Taste of roast nutty malt and oh yeah expresso. But wonderfully smooth without any of the bitterness you see with so many coffee/expresso stouts these days. Terrific stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (317) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
pours black with thin brownish head smells of toast malt, coffee beans starts of sweet then balances out with a roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavor. light body light carbonation Amazing stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3495) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dense black with a small brown head. Aroma has mainly coffee up front, some light chocolate and sweet notes of licorice and caramel. Taste is light sweet with coffee dominating, some chocolate bitterness finishing. Medium smooth body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3587) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On tap at the Stoneyard in Brockport with Bob. Pour is inky black, tan head and some lace. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is lightly bitter, espresso, fudge, dark chocolate and light booze. Palate is soft, lightly creamy, slick, light bitter finish. ABV hidden well. Very warming. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
65cl, Vintage 2013, new exclusive American brew, with coffee, thx to John for bringing this over!, complex Stout, roasted and slightly spicy/bitter, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Black and rich. Thick and satisfying. Coffee and chocolate and bitterness all swirled together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very thick and full bodied. Flavor is strong coffee but it goes down so smoothly. Awesome beer.

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