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RATINGS: 565   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1446) - 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 I’m 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 (1878) - 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 (61) - - 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. Can’t 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 (3943) - 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 (4364) - Québec, 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 stones’, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3763) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Completely black pour with decent layer of brown head. Nose is very much expresso on top of the usual cocoa and vanilla notes, but the flavor takes the expresso completely over the top. Big massive roasted/burnt expresso completely overpowers the smoothness of the base beer. I definitely prefer the classic version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
This one poured a very dark brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma was deep roasted malt and burnt coffee, light dark chocolate in there too. Flavor was a bit sweeter than the aroma would lead on, and the the espresso was a bit hidden as well. Seemed more like burnt malt than dark espresso. Didn;t like as much as the regular version, but still a nice Impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8667) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle, from Lighthouse Liqours East Longmeadow, split at Tony’s house, 19/05/13. Black with a dirty mocha head that quickly swims edgeward leaving a film. Nose is a big fuck off espresso blast combined with dark roast malt - no need for anything else with this bad boy! Taste comprises roast malt, sugars, coffee, dark chocolate, light pepper notes, salted caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation, roasty finish with warming alcohol. Good coffee shit !


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