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RATINGS: 561   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (936) - 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 (250) - 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 (1561) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Coffee and light toffee aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavor with toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Coffee and chocolate lingers with toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma has big roasted malt, dark chocolate, strong coffee with the typical Stone hops there as well. The flavor has much of the same ; big roasted malt, dark chocolate, strong coffee and hops. The roast can be overpowering when this is too cold. Upon warming, this opened up more and be a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
On tap. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is bitter, coffee, roast. Taste is very roasty, some coffee, very bitter. Thick body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmytalent (84) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Espresso IRS by Stone is delicious. It pours a deep brownish black with almost no head. The aroma of espresso is pungent. As soon as you crack the bottle open you can take it in. The flavor is perfect... A nice rich stout with bold espresso flavor and undertones of chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (854) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pitch black, brown head. Coffee and cocoa aroma. Espresso and dark chocolate flavor. Full and creamy. Wow. This was great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Having a great beer bar a few blocks from your office provides a free beer insurance program for those brews you missed in the bottle, as was the case with the Stone EIRS. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Pours black with a tan head, unsurprisingly. Flavor is sweet, then bitter, then finishes with a strong coffee flavor. Next year I will be sure to grab several bombers of this. Draft - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roast, coffee,and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roast and dark chocolate flavor with boozey finish. Good.


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