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RATINGS: 585   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle: black pour with medium-sized brown mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, creamy caramel and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is rich espresso, dark caramel, toasted bread, a slight alcohol warming tingle, some bittersweet chocolate and a tad bit of charred grain. Wonderful sipping beer on a cool evening, full of flavor and warmth.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikedevilsfan (217) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Almost perfect stout. Smells of espresso beans and chocolate. The same for the taste, well balanced impeccable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1839) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a medium dark tan head with great retention. Aroma is packed with coffee; I also get a little chocolate, bread and soy sauce, but itís the espresso that dominates. Taste is milk chocolatey, coffee; mostly sweet, but with bitter and tart edges. Mouthfeel is creamy, body full, carbonation just right. Overall, not just a great coffee one-off experiment, but a beer Stone should distribute on a regular basis.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2013
Bomber. Nose if coffee, chocolate, a bit of licorice, wood. Black with nice lacing. Huge coffee flavour, light citrus, chocolate, wood, charcoal. Bitter and boozy finish. Smooth and silky body. Nice. I donít particularly dig so much coffee flavor in my beer, but this is certainly well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Strong coffee/mocha aroma, dark pour with mild lacing, balanced and smooth coffee taste with a small aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1753) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours jet black with big tan head. Coffee and creamy sugar aroma. Taste is thick boozy slight bitter lots of Smokey ash and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Belmont bottle. Overall a nice coffee stout with a nice punch of bitterness from some cold espresso notes. Trends towards the black coffee end of the spectrum. Nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Poured a dark brown with a big tan head that left some wonderful lacing. aroma coffee coffee coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, molasses. flavor the same as aroma with a nice bitterness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2749) - 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..

4.7
   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!!!


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