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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
bottle pours deep dark black with a tan head. nose of roasted coffee beans. taste follows in order with some slight astringency. body is solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gramoit (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2013
Lots of Chocolate and Coffee with some vanilla, very smooth, alcohol well hidden. Actaully enjoyed this more than Stones IRS. This may have been due to drinking at a more suitable temperature for this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
$7.79 bomber bottle. Wine Warehouse. Charlottesville. Pours black with 2" of brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and milk. Deep bitter flavor of coffee and chocolates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (10577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma brings out dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet dry cocoa. Flavour brings out rich dark roasted coffee, medium roasted malt, a little vanilla, and some medium sweetness - not sure from what the sweetness comes. Everything is balanced very well, with the espresso well-incorporated. As good as the regular Imperial Russian Stout. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and anise. Med + body. Flavor is anise, dark baking chocolate and coffee. Plus heat. The coffee gets stronger as the chocolate wends away. This is a really excellent, ingredient rich, ale. A gustational delicacy. I wish my espresso machine could make this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is Smoke, coffee, licorice, and strawberry. Black in color with a small tan head. Carbonation across the palate but a smooth finish. Sweet syrupy taste up front and a bitter Smokey finish. Great well balanced and unique beer that has a lot to offer. My high rating is because it’s unique and exceptionally complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bomber poured into tulip glass. Deep dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and molasses with some licorice and black coffee. Flavor is much the same with heavy dark chocolate, licorice and molasses. The coffee character I get isn’t so much espresso as it is a milky blend, like a latte or something. I’m tasting a lactose sweetness and maybe some vanilla notes that betray the bitter beast that espresso should be. Still, this is a very tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours inky black with thick mocha head that quickly dissipates into a thin collar. The aroma is of espresso and roasted barley. First notes of sweet chocolate and malt give way to bitter, almost burnt, roast coffee. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms. Oily mouthfeel with light carbonation help make this big stout a sipper. Truly a well crafted beer, Stone has produced one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (673) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Almost perfect stout. Smells of espresso beans and chocolate. The same for the taste, well balanced impeccable.

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