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RATINGS: 561   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle Poured into a snifter. used oil black pour with a nice dark brown syrupy head. Tastes sweet up front with a nice dark roasted malty body that finishes a nice full coffee finish. More mellow than the regular version.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours is black with little beige head and no lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted, vegetal. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted, green peppers. Full body and low carb. not bad but not something i would buy again

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Larry, dark black pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee beans. Taste is espresso with light chocolate, hop bitter comes through nicely, solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (612) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of coffee, toasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor is strong coffee up front with more toasted malt and chocolate notes in the middle followed by a strong coffee and chocolate finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans - pours pitch black with a finger of dark chocolate head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is smokey charcoal, in a good way. Overall, very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1504) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is strong in roasted espresso beans, nice creamy gourmet coffee, and that is the dominant aroma, dark roasted malts are there too. Taste is the same, nice coffee taste, tobacco, followed by a chocolatey leathery taste in the finish. Body is huge and carbonation is medium. I really liked this, so much more complex than just your average coffee stout, there is a lot going on in this, I can not wait to see how this ages.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaips1 (72) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a West 6th can glass. The aroma isnít not as string as I was expecting, I get some "espresso" but only as it starts to warm per expected. Appearance is spot on what you would expect, black void with a tan head. Flavors of astringency but in a subtle way not a full abrasive bite, Iím sure this is coming from the espresso because the regular doesnít have this particular taste. Palate is typical IRS for them, not quit thick enough but not watery enough to be a fault. Overall not as impressed as I have been about previous years of the standard IRS.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is full of big chocolate and espresso, with some roasted malt thrown in. Flavor is more of the same. I get some strong espresso notes as well as a little bit of cayenne pepper. The milk chocolate comes through strongly as well, as does a bit of roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
pours black with a brown sugar colored head. Smells of dark chocolate and espresso. Tastes of dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and a nice subtle, well integrated tinge of coffee. This reminds me a lot of Speedway stout. This is an awesome beer, especially for the price!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Doesnít have much of lacing. Nice ground coffee on the nose. Beautifully roasted coffee on the tongue. Hides itís alcohol very well. Finishes nice. Awesome!


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