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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 597   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1242) - 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 donít remember in the regular one. Super tasty, and a worthy follow up, but I prefer the balance of the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6496) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9350) - 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 (777) - 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 (13065) - 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 (2974) - 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 (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)

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