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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Black pour with a thin espresso colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee beans and malt. Huge chewy mouth. Long coffee finish. Mouth coating. Silky smooth. Hints of bitter chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
niday2288 (115) - - JUN 30, 2013
Pour is thick midnight black with a thin dark tan head that disappears quickly. Not overly carbonated. Most is dark cocoa, molasses roasted malt and some coffee. Taste is nice. Good espresso/coffee bitter on the back of the tongue with the roast flavors coming through from the malt. There are some chocolate notes as well but more subtle. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Overall very good. Nice touch with the espresso which added very subtle flavors. Very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Doofgoblin (491) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Coffee, hot chocolate, and beer! Seriously, buy this...Aroma is off the charts with coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted goodness. Taste is just as complex, thick, smooth and flavorful. I could drink this for dessert or breakfast. Got to compare this to the espresso yeti side by side...I smell bacon...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is big coffee with a dry roasty finish. Pretty straightforward. Drier than usual for the style but still respectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Pours a dark black color with a thin brown head. Heavy aromas of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Beer is fairly dry with a burnt espresso finish. Some minor chocolate sweetness at the beginning. Pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40482) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
From tap. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and light vegetables. Thick malty, herbal and dense dark coffee. Bitter and dry roasted malty finish. Smooth and lingering coffee malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2638) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
bottle pours deep dark black with a tan head. nose of roasted coffee beans. taste follows in order with some slight astringency. body is solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gramoit (398) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2013
Lots of Chocolate and Coffee with some vanilla, very smooth, alcohol well hidden. Actaully enjoyed this more than Stones IRS. This may have been due to drinking at a more suitable temperature for this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2066) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
$7.79 bomber bottle. Wine Warehouse. Charlottesville. Pours black with 2" of brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and milk. Deep bitter flavor of coffee and chocolates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma brings out dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet dry cocoa. Flavour brings out rich dark roasted coffee, medium roasted malt, a little vanilla, and some medium sweetness - not sure from what the sweetness comes. Everything is balanced very well, with the espresso well-incorporated. As good as the regular Imperial Russian Stout. Excellent.

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