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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3323) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Brownish black with tan head. Aroma of espresso, coffee beans, anise, liquorice and wood notes. Taste is rich and full, perfectly balanced; espresso, sugars, chalk, liquorice, wood, raisins and dark chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2488) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
Bottled:
Pours black with a lacing head. Dry espresso aroma with notes of toffee and licorice. Smooth mouth feel. Flavour is coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. Long, espresso dry finish. Nice one!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wisdomsolo (436) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Wow! This was fantastic. The aroma was toasted coffee, malts, toffee. The flavor was sweet yet just a touch bitter from the big coffee notes. Super smooth on the tongue. Loved it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2865) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2013
30-NOV-2013, bottle @home, brought by Erik, from Systembolaget. Black with tan head. Aroma is roast and coffee. Taste is roast, coffee, more berry-like, and some soy. Very full body, soft carbonation, sweet but with a bitter espresso finish. Big brew. Thx. Erik.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2762) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Solid black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, espresso, and anise. Roasted malt and espresso dominate the flavor with licorice and chocolate. Exceptional!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4391) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle: Thanks to Gothgargoyle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small brown foamy head, which disappears quick and leaves a headless black colored beer. Aromas of espresso, coffee beans, chalk, coffee roast, anise, some bay leave, some light liquorice tints, roast and wood roast. Flavours of espresso, coffee roast, some spices, some brown sugars, creamy, bitters, chalk, liquorice wood and wood roast, some raisin and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is a good mix of roast, espresso, coffee beans, bitters, light spicy and some brown sugars. Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy thicker light oily texture.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 650ml PBFVIII
Opaque brown color, small brown head. Toasted, coffeeish, bready aroma. Medium to full bodied. Lots of coffee, toasted flavors, finish has hoppy bitterness. Nice long coffeish aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1547) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle at Theis. Black with a medium sized light brown head. Warming, coffee, roasted malt, coffee grounds, alcohol. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Heavy sweet and bitter. A bit rough.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gruberm (327) - - NOV 23, 2013
Black liquid and a dark brown head. Strong and obvious chocolate smell. Creamy taste with strong odd astringent twinge and a bitterness likely from the espresso. Pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dazz3 (1552) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells and tastes coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, smoky with a coffee, roasted malt mild bitter finish.


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