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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ImperialStefan (22) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Aroma: Coffee, Raisins, Rum, Vanilla. Appearance: Pitch black, tan head. Taste: Well balanced sweetness rounded off by a decent hop bitterness. Very nice. Could maybe have toned down the hops a smidgins?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, vanilla, green peppercorn. Medium-full bodied, slightly roasty bitter on the palate. Taste is coffee, green peppercorn, roasted grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopbag (144) - - JAN 25, 2015
22oz bottle from the cellar. Complex, not too sweet, well blended coffee. Stiff brown head despite the motor oil pour. Good bitterness level with no notable astringency from the espresso. No complaints, just a really nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROGUE (2152) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2015
22oz bottle. Pours a deep midnight black color with a creamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight char, and caramel. The coffee has a big presence in the flavor along with lots more milk chocolate, along with caramel and some toffee balanced out by a fairly stout coffee bitterness. A little hint of alcohol becomes present towards the finish. Silky smooth medium mouthfeel and a sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1198) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Bottled. Pitch black beer, minimal head is vanishing. Strong aroma: coffee beans, roasted grains, a hint of smoke and dried plums, some creamy caramel and syrup. Heavy maltiness, liquid bread, salty licorice, dark chocolate and a hint of burnt sugar. Resinous bitterness hits in the finish. Full body, thick syrupy texture. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rick_91709 (267) - USA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Inky black with a small, beige head. Coffee aroma and taste. Bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
May 19th, 2013 - Like it’s vanilla not-vanilla counterpart, the espresso version of Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout pours like a thick, oily ink from the bottle, immediately flavoring the air with the coffee house scents of freshly ground espresso beans, which have a unique tang to go with the deep earthiness and biting acidity. The scent is also made rich with the smell of sesame oil and/or sesame seeds and steak - a decadent Japanese steakhouse aroma. This may be smooth and sultry, but the texture is raucous and punishing. An over eager sip brings the acidic scratch of coffee grounds, where more moderate ones are better expressed by light coffee flavors and a well balanced espresso sharpness. The violent flavor and palate is actually kind of nice, even as it kicks and growls. In spite of a bubbly taste the flavor comes through, and only improves as it warms and settles, changing from a thrashing brew to a calmer, murkier, more flavorful drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
A black body with a brown head that had mild retention. Aroma was a great mix of dark chocolate, coffee and leather notes. Some alcohol was present. Flavor seemed to have more dark chocolate flavors then coffee. Still had rich roasted malt flavors and the alcohol was a nice warming sense in the finish. Moderate mouth feel. Easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (462) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Aroma of rich roast and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet, with a nice earthy coffee & milk chocolate, bundled with an evened out roast and a mellowed out licorice feel to it. Great mouthfeel, remember this as much better mouthfeel than the normal Stone IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (776) - Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Aroma of bitter coffee. Super dark, tan head. Smooth palate w/ bitter finish. Taste pretty good. Great stout.

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