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RATINGS: 557   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 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle, from Lighthouse Liqours East Longmeadow, split at Tonyís 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 !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
markdoswald (11) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Horrible! The aroma was the only good thing here. The alcohol content was too strong and the espresso was way too much. Tone done the alcohol content to about 9, and take out the espresso (or tone it done at least) and it would be a fabulous beer! Oh and I felt the ibuís were low to be considered a great imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1789) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Draught. This is a really serious coffee stout with such bitterness and roasting it is hard to get your head around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 oz. served in shaker- poured a perfect black color, even when held to a light source, 2 mm darkened tan head formed but quickly disappeared to a ring, aroma of a roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was burnt to hell but it helps in the case, some smoke and coffee with light cream in the middle, finish is sharply acidic. Nice to see Stone making beer again instead of beta test beers to appease the nerds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Incredibly dark brown, black to the untrained eye, the beer has a bubbly, light/medium brown head. The aroma is mostly of fresh coffee grounds, followed by some toasted and roasted malts. Still, its nose is mostly of coffee grounds long after you take in the toasted malts. The up-front feel in the mouth is thin, leading to a highly roasted malt and fresh espresso ground flavor that permeates the palate and sinuses. Itís not too crazy, despite the heavy coffee grounds. Still a very good, strong, traditional Stone IRS with a modest, yet strong addition that reminds me of that smell that comes off the espresso machine as youíre emptying the grounds. No malt or caffeine bitterness, mostly just the flavor of heavily charred malts and those delicious coffee grounds. Light-bodied (but just heavy enough to deliver the malts) and packed with alcohol, itís overall a well-balanced beer that delivers some wonderfully heavily roasted flavors that remain on the tongue long, long after your last drink. Iím impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
On tap poured jet black hue w/ a dark tan head. Huge roasty espresso aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet with a big biter roasted finish. Taste is espresso, oak, roasted coffee, and a grassy musty finish. Thick heavy bodied syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1966) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2013
bomber - pours dark brown with brown head and thick lacing. Nose is coffee and milk chocolate. Flavor adds alcohol and choco-coffee explosion in my mouth. As it warms I get dark fruit. quite dry and not as thick as the commercial description suggests. A sipper of a beer and I wonder if this has caffeine. very bitter from dark coffee/chocolate combo at first but it mellows as it warms as well. Metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3537) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle: Poured a thick oil sludge with a two finger creamy light brown head. Aroma was strong coffee and roasted malts. Very silky with strong coffee bean, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. A good sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2614) - 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.

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