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RATINGS: 568   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jhp40219 (309) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (2278) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
docsteigs (528) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6573) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1533) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3563) - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ggpiano (7) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013 does not count
coffee, chocolate, caramel, black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, slightly complex undertones in the coffee/stout sweetness, creamy, full body,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Espresso, char, cocoa nibs, dried cherry, soy, booze, and tobacco aromas. Black with bronze around the rim, and with a very minimal, fully fading head. Dry, roasty, bitter, and savory, with flavors of cocoa, espresso, molasses, cracked black pepper, and a shot of vodka. Full bodied, well carbonated, strong, and finishes with coffee and dark earth lingering on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zickbeer_ye (281) - Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sweet boozey black coffee and malts. Brown head, dark blackish red body. Boozey, Bitter coffee, earthy spice with some sweet notes and slight soy. Dry, slightly bitter and a little hot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
22oz bottle. Opaque black body with a thick tan head. Smells amazing and decadent - espresso, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is chocolaty, smooth, espresso adds a nice layer of complexity. Stone somehow made one of my favorites even better.


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