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RATINGS: 577   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2507) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Tap at the Coffee District. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Expresso and roasted malt aromas. Huge expresso notes dominate the dark and somewhat bitter roasted malts. Good body with a decent mouthfeel..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
This poured inky black with about a finger and a half worth of a mocha colored head. The aroma was of chocolate, toffee, vanilla and of course...ESPRESSO. The flavor followed the nose almost exactly, with the espresso tying all the other flavors together nicely. This beer drank smooth as silk and I could hardly detect the alcohol...scary! What a truly magnificent beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1391) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Dark with slight brown with big oxidation and slight tan head. Very smooth initial taste, almost cream cheese consistency. Firm enough lift of coffee but more smooth almost chalky malt tick. Linger of pepper but all super solid.

Bottle, Deeblo Doesn’t Rate Tasting, Thanks to BenH for the legwork and Mike for sending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (766) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Black beer with a frothy, tan head. Aromas are of powerful dark coffee. Tastes of lots of earthy notes, heavy dark coffee, and muted dark chocolate notes. The coffee really overpowers the chocolate flavors, which is unfortunate. Finish is of bitter coffee. Mouth feel is oily and syrupy. Not watery at all, this is a monstrous coffee beer. A sipper, one to sit back and enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebrodeur (8) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
The coffee bean always gives a stout something a little extra. As good as always with a hint of something different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Very intense coffee on top of a great IRS. Pours black with tan head, looks like a dark coffee. Tastes like espresso, the coffee really dominates. Hops are masked by the coffee and some of the chocolate gets lost. It’s a coffee bomb, but a very tasty one. Dry, sticky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at the abbey. Pours BLACK with a small nutty head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, and slight hops. Flavor is bang on imperial stout with a great coffee tang, slight tartness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
22oz bottle: pours an oily opaque with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and espresso roasted aroma. Starts with good rich chewy sweetness with some dark chocolate and a good amount of espresso. Finishes slightly drier and bittersweet with some lingering coffee and dark chocolate. True to style, complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2515) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
I finally got my hands on a bottle of this elusive brew. Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that doesn’t stick around very long. Aromas of espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses, a hint of earth and dark fruit. The flavor is what was promised in the aroma. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. Wow, that’s a great stout right there! The espresso is subtle and doesn’t whack you in the face like some other coffee beers do. Great base beer as always and the coffee addition is superbly done! Put some in a barrel!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jhp40219 (319) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bomber into snifter glass. Pours jet black with a chocolate tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is amazing! Chocolate, coffee, liquorice, and a hint of smoke. Taste is huge! Milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, toffee, liquorice, oak, and hints of dark fruit. Alcohol comes through strong and with a nice burn. Even so, this is very smooth and drinkable. Incredible long finish that leaves an insanely delicious chocolate and espresso aftertaste. Huge full body, thick chewy texture, medium carbonation. I have to go with a perfect rating here, I absolutely LOVE this and don’t know how this could be improved. I get the regular Stone Russian Imperial Stout every year and it has always been a favorite of mine. But the addition of espresso puts this over the top! Top of the top notch.

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