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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Pt. 1. Pours black with a tight, creamy beige cap. Loads of well roasted malts and deep espresso in the aroma. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with lots of ashy roast, burnt chocolate, bitter espresso coffee. Full bodied with fine to average, creamy carbonation. Dry baking cocoa finish with charred malts, ash, punchy espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Very rich and full on with the espresso.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MoorFiend (2) - massillon, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2013 does not count
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
A crowd pleaser. Lots of nice espresso flavor, malt, roasty, warm, slightly bitter but overwhelmingly smooth. Best enjoyed on a cold night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 4, 2013
courtesy of fiulijn - black beer with a moderate beige foam left; strong coffeish aroma, ashes; full-bodied, fairly bitter, subtle carbonation; more ashes and burned coffee, long chocolatey finish - robust and well-crafted

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (444) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Shared bomber, tulip glass. Black, opaque color. Mild roast coffee aroma. Starts rather simple- coffee and mild stout characteristics. As it warms, palate becomes more complex. Imperial stout boldness with coffee accents.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pours jet black with nice tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roast malt. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and sweet malt. Little bitterness to balance. Full body with soft carbonation. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (236) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pours dark hazy black with a khaki head and pretty good lacing considering the ABV. Smell is dark roast, smoke, espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, alcohol and hops. Taste is pleasantly dry with nice bitterness from the espresso and chocolate. Start to taste a touch more of the sugar as it warms. Creamy smooth texture and carbonation, very thick and filling. Great stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Big bad coffee stout. Great coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Thick on palate and quite lovely as it warms

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (356) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
Pours thick black with a small brown head. Aroma has loads of chocolate and roasted malt, slight coffee, slight alcohol touch at the end. Taste has roasted malt, some coffee, chocolate, dark berries, followed by a slight alcohol sensation.A long lasting bitter, roasted chocolate after taste. Thick, creamy and smooth mouth feel.
This was pretty much like the regular Imperial Russian Stout from Stone. Smoother mouth feel but lacks a bit of "punch" imo. Coffee was not that prominent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mdcflacal (6) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2013 does not count
Nice dark color. Thin head. No light passes through except on the edges. Roasty and somewhat sweet aroma. Nice, full mouthfeel. Great balance of roast malt taste, coffee, sweetness, and bitterness. I just really enjoy the execution of this big coffee stout.


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