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RATINGS: 572   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 youíll 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 itís production...youíll 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 couldnít 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 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. Itís 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 (2411) - 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 doesnít 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, thatís a great stout right there! The espresso is subtle and doesnít 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 (316) - 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 donít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (2418) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
22 oz bottle from Liquor Kabinet. Black with a light brown head. The aroma is espresso, roasted dark malts, dark chocolate and earthy bitterness. Similar flavor, lightly sweet and bitter, but very smooth. Way to easy to drink for 11%, dangerous. Medium bodied, soft and creamy on the palate. NICE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
docsteigs (536) - Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Aroma of coffee, dark cocoa and grill. Pour is lacy black with legs. Taste is roasted barley-bitter with a suprising milk chocolate/cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2013
22oz bottle, shared with friends over a game of Catan. Black color. Dark and thick. Big chewy body. Light, kind of crisp carbonation. Definitely dry in the finish. Big roasty espresso bean aroma. Some good earthy hop. Huge bitter taste. Minimal sweet. Love the big coffee flavor. Bitter and strong, like turkish coffee. Tasty big espresso RIS. Great to sip and savor. Or chug, as robotopera preferred to do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1541) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bomber. Pours black with a fast disappearing tan head. Malty, chocolate nose with a nice coffee aroma. Taste is the same with a silky smoothness and some alcohol on the end. This is a very easy drinking and dangerous beer-this could be drank very quickly. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Very chocolate aroma with some lighter espresso tones. Flavor in this draft has had the espresso turn to some light pepper tones, still pretty good and would be very good without that off tone.(hoping that the bottle is better)

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