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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bomber from Caponeís. 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate ground coffee,chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted espresso coffee flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This standout beer would go well with a cigar or spicy food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle from Canalís Hammonton. Pours out a dark brown, almost black color with a nice dark tan head. Aroma is of deep roast, espresso, some sweet sugary alcohol, light dark, dried fruits. Taste is of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, light dark, dried fruits, some sweet creamy notes, body is appropriately thick. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black and presenting a firm tan head, the visuals are as expected. So is the aroma ... rich with dark chocolate and java. This drinks wtih a distinct bitter edge, not unlike baking chocolate. Oddly, I donít get much of a coffee essence in the drink, but I assume itís the source of the very earthy character, and downright chewy mouthfeel. (#5047, 6/5/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5009) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a smallish tan head. The aroma has chocolate, roast, smooth coffee, vanilla and dark bread. It has a medium / thick body thatís very smooth and has nice gentle carbonation. The flavor begins with heavy roast, coffee bitterness, cocoa nibs, earthy hoppiness and some creaminess. The finish has more coffee and hops and lingering cocoa nib bitterness. Enjoyable coffee IRS. There is lots of coffee, but plenty of other flavors to balance it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1581) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and dark rossted malts. Pours a midnight brown with a khaki ring and no lacing. The taste is bitter. Chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol burn in the finish and a nice bitter aftertaste. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellant sipper from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet mocha coffee chocolate with ciffee grinds, resinous hops and molasses. In mouth, a sweet coffee laden chocolate malt with oreo cookies, vanilla and alcohol burn, complex and chocolatey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7257) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Had on draft in the evening @ Nobi .. . Pours a deep black brown .. . Deep tar, very mild black smoke, very light espresso, and cherry charcoal .. . Very easy for 11% .. . Palate is full, mildly chewy .. . A fine beverage but in no way does this showcase the espresso .. . . Yeah, of course the waffle cone. What are you, mental?

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