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RATINGS: 538   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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
On tap @ The Reservoir. Black with a medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel and light vegetal notes. Taste is moderately sweet with chocolate, coffee, caramel and light berries. Medium to full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Good RIS. I prefer by far the regular one, but this one is way better than the Belgo Anise version. If it was not of the light vegetal aroma (from the coffee?), it would be a 4.0/5 beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12753) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle at The Mikkeller&Friends Staff Apartment - Thanks guys. Pitch black - light brown head. Smokey. Coffee. Espresso. Oiley. Fruity. Nice bitter. Ashtray. Dark chocolate. Light milk chocolate. Nice body and finish - way better that the plain one.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
This tastes so green and vegetal. I even taste jalapeno without the heat. I have never been a fan of Stone beers and here is another one. I guess I just hate their hop blends. I would have never tried it but all the other taps blew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
draft at Blue Monk. Black pour, fuller bodied, Big roast, dark chocolate, espresso beans in the aroma. Some burnt coffee. Espresso, while evident, is far from dominant. It adds a nice component. Great mouthfeel, great flavor. great stuff

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of rich coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and leather.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. The look is black in color, dark, with an ok tan head. The smell is coffee, roast, malts, really nice, dark chocolate, and rich. The taste is roast, malt, roast, really super coffee, chocolate, and nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (557) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Black pour, good head, aroma of roasted malt, with dark chocolate had coffee notes. Flavor is intense with deep roasted malt, then dark chocolate, and not as much coffee as I would have expected. Everything lingers long after the finish. A big brew, and I guess my palate has been on vacation too long because it just doesn’t work for me. Tastes over the top to me now, although I’m sure this is put together well for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle Poured into a snifter. used oil black pour with a nice dark brown syrupy head. Tastes sweet up front with a nice dark roasted malty body that finishes a nice full coffee finish. More mellow than the regular version.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours is black with little beige head and no lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted, vegetal. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted, green peppers. Full body and low carb. not bad but not something i would buy again

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Larry, dark black pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee beans. Taste is espresso with light chocolate, hop bitter comes through nicely, solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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