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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Thanks to Blake and Jenny for bringing the bomber! Poured near black with a short-ish warm beige head. The aroma picked up a whole helluva lot of coffee with some chocolate and vanilla as well.. I love coffee, and have no complaints there. The flavor found similar stuff.. warm, earthy coffee, cocoa, and vanilla at the core with fresh, green coffee beans, peppery notes, and a hit of tobacco around.. spicy, belly warming finish with even more coffee. Medium-plus bodied and quite roasty on the palate.. well-balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a fairly thick and near black color with a moderate light brown head on it. Nose has a decent amount of roasting to it with the espresso being quite forward in this. Taste is quite thick and somewhat bitter with the coffee dominating throughout. I like this a lot...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but itís definitely over hyped. Like many of Stoneís beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle pours a dark brown black has coffee flavor booze some bitter chocolate. Roasty. Not bad really donít see much diff from normal one. Nothing out of this world solid none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Coffee for sure in taste. Bit of a change up from regular RIS. Roasty. Slight bitterness. Solid overall if not overwhelming in coffee or espresso.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1477) - 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 Iím not a huge fan of stone IRS on its own, the espresso adds some niceness to it, I"m down with this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2393) - California, 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBat (79) - - 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. Canít wait to enjoy again.

   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!

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