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RATINGS: 590   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1155) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
~Strong we coffee aroma with dark chocolate and roasted malt as well as milk chocolatey notes ~Pours black with small quickly disappearing brown head. Nice legs ~Rich dark chocolate flavor with bitter espresso and roasted malt and bread malts. ~Full bodied, creamy and a bit chalky. medium CO2, lasting cocoa and coffee finish. ~Very enjoyable RIS. Coffee makes a nice touch.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Pours a thick, opaque, very dark brown, with a clumpy, stubborn mocha-colored head. Dark malt, toasted bread, a bit of coffee, and zinc on the nose. Mouthfeel is heavy and coating with an underlying carbonation sting. The finish dries out a bit. The coffee emerges more in the flavor along with a breakfast café griddle grease smoke and a touch of olive. I’m so happy to have run across this. This (more available to me) is an adequate substitution for Pizza Port’s Bacon and Eggs (less available to me).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, richly browned head that leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite opaque, and almost perfectly black in color. The aroma has a huge coffee note to it; at first it is mellow, smooth, has some dark chocolate notes and a rich mocha like character to it. A second, more focused look at the nose sees a lot sharper, almost acrid, burnt espresso and black malt character. The burnt and espresso ends up being too much, it is a bit too overpowering and sharp. There is a touch of toasted whole grain character that comes through towards the end, but only just barely.

Somewhat light bodied, but still rich and full, especially as it rolls across the palate. The beer finishes with a huge bitterness that is a mix of roasted / burnt grain and bitter hops. Rich mocha and dark chocolate notes start out smoothly up front, but the beer gets more acrid, bitter, and burnt until it all comes to a head in the lingering finish. Roasted malt notes add a rich, toasted whole grain, and burnt brown toast character. Really though it is the coffee that dominates this beer, it is boosted by the ample roasted character, but it is the coffee that makes this harsh and a bit overbearing. As the beer warms up it softens up just a bit due to the ample dark malt character; this plays up the dark chocolate, the smooth mocha rich coffee notes, and concentrated coffee liquor notes. The alcohol adds some warming in the finish and can even be a touch hot at times. There is quite a bit of malt richness to this beer, a bit of sweetness, savory, almost smoky, malt depth, a rich, concentrated maltiness that grips the palate fairly well. This really does improve greatly as it warms up, and it didn’t even start out very cold (my fridge is at 50°F / 10°C).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (977) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours deep inky black with a thick cocoa brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, a bit of roasty malt, and mild espresso notes. Taste is big syrupy sweet lightly charred malt, milk chocolate, and big espresso finish. Interesting off-year take on the standard RIS, one of my faves. The espresso taste is strong, but not dominant like you might expect, and big chocolate notes that I don’t remember in the regular one. Super tasty, and a worthy follow up, but I prefer the balance of the original.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
(Draught) deep black, dark tan lasting head with great lacing. Nose of espresso, biscotti, milk chocolate, light American hops blend in perfectly, little graham cracker. Taste of milk chocolate, cream, espresso is light, rich chocolate, graham cracker, amaretto, super complex. Palate finish is unbelievably smooth and silky. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown to black in color with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with roasty coffee notes. Coffee and malt flavor with chocolate before a roasty coffee finish. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Dark brown almost black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of cold pressed coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavor is robust coffee, bitter roasted malt and chocolate with some alcohol warming. Full body with a smooth mouth feel. Great Imp Stout, the coffee is a nice addition to an already fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours hazy dark brownish black, with the faintest hint if brown at the bottom of the Stone RIS glass, and a finger of splotchy dark brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt, coffee, cacao, big hops, molasses, prune. Tastes rich, with roasty dark malt up front, well integrated coffee, hops, cacao, and molasses at mid-palate, and more hops, cacao, and charred malts at culmination. This one is very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle pours thick black with one finger brown head. roasty aroma. Taste roast malts, a little coffee and chocolate. Thick creamy palate.. Finish roast bitterness. Pretty good RIS with not as much coffee as I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2013
pours black with a small, creamy brown head. a little lacing. old coffee is predictably the main player, chocolate, raisin, plum, burnt/charred malt, smoke, cherry, alcohol, soy sauce. very bitter, very sweet, some umami. full body, thick and creamy feel, soft carb, long and bitter finish.


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