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RATINGS: 558   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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but itís definitely over hyped. Like many of Stoneís beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle pours a dark brown black has coffee flavor booze some bitter chocolate. Roasty. Not bad really donít see much diff from normal one. Nothing out of this world solid none the less.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3857) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Coffee for sure in taste. Bit of a change up from regular RIS. Roasty. Slight bitterness. Solid overall if not overwhelming in coffee or espresso.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1440) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22oz bottle shared by Colleen, Thanks! I thought espresso was supposed to be bitter coffee type stuff, but it works here, though Iím not a huge fan of stone IRS on its own, the espresso adds some niceness to it, I"m down with this

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1740) - USA - MAY 30, 2013
Deep black in color with a light tan head... Aroma is strongly espresso beans... Flavor is dominated by espresso up front but gives way to licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate... Hints of vodka or grain alcohol on the finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is a wonderful balance; not bitter, not too sweet. Coffee is well balanced with the milk chocolate flavors. Finishes super smooth with no bitterness. Absolutely stellar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBat (59) - - MAY 30, 2013
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Smells strongly of alcohol with some espresso. Pours jet black with a tan head. Taste of dark chocolate malt and hint of coffee. Canít wait to enjoy again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Aromatics really hit hard with coffee that is over powered by alcohol. Appearance is really fantastic deep dark black and an awesome 2 finger tan head! Taste is again FANTASTIC! Just super easy drinking, nice chocolate, coffee, and a slight alcohol taste. God damn this in a bourbon barrel would be delightful!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3804) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of a lot of roasted malts, coffee, some notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits, a little dough, and some light hops. Flavor the same, with a lot of roasted malts, but the coffee tastes a little burnt. Thicker texture. A good beer, but the coffee is just a little off here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4159) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
on tap at reservoir, waterbury. from small sample. very dark brown, almost black with a small medium dark beige rind, some lacing sticks onto glass. roastiness-plenty, as in too much, like few other stonesí, stale bitter coffee, drip coffee that almost burnt, i.e. stayed too long on burner, vegetal awkward presence, light smokiness. soft carbonation, medium body - sticky, bitter coffee finish. decent balance, a certain complexity but an average impy, still.


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