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RATINGS: 593   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle, shared with GCDP. Viscous near black. Aroma is chocolate dominated, with husky thick malty undertones, and finally, coffee. The palate opens with rich chocolate, but then the rich espresso quickly moves in, slightly vegetal, some vanilla and bread crusts too. Finish is assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky. The ABV is well hidden. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Had half a glass on tap, but wanted to wait for a bomber. Had the bomber, but apparently didnít get to it. Had head to head with a slightly older Espresso Yeti, and it was close. Yeti, with itís batch variance, can be among my very favorite elites, or simply good. This batch was nice, but not the best Iíve had, and Stone beat it. Aroma was even, Stone ahead on all other counts. Such a smooth beer for the abv. The coffee in the aroma and flavor add to the complexity rather than covering up the dark fruit, roasted and chocolate malt and light anise already in there. A very very solid effort from Stone, and at a good price. Sidebar: I liked the Espresso better than the base 2013 beer, though other vintages of that beer have been better, hence the higher score for the classic IRS."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Opaque black pour with a minimal, yet lasting tan head. Aroma of coffee, molasses and alcohol. The flavor is burnt coffee/espresso, soy, boozy alcohol. Lots of body, flavor and body. Take your time sipping this one or split it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
En klar favorit bland det mörkare krafterna. Riktigt god och fantastisk eftersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1557) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Wowsers. Hot. Dark black. Chocolate. More dark roasted coffee than espresso. Quite strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2014
65 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Chocolate, vanilla, soy and some subtle coffee in aroma and taste. Solid RIS, but no cigar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. The nose is deep-roasted and acrid - charcoal, dark chocolate, pouch tobacco and scorched malts. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and light, airy carbonation. The flavor is a bold, burnt and bitter blend of blackstrap molasses, singed tobacco, espresso and an intense, unsweetened, 97% cacao, chocolate bar. Finishes with a very slow transition from burnt and scorched blackstrap molasses to charcoal and campfire ash. Big-time carbonic, torched bitterness lingers for way too long after each sip. Enjoyable despite essentially being an imperial black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3013) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter and a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color ranging close to a black color. There was a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute and a half. The lacing was somewhat clingy and thick. The smell had a nice blend of roasty sweet espresso beans with a fair amount of milk and dark chocolates. The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to town and basically had a superb blend all around. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy with not much of a sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed good and came across somewhat smooth and roasty. Overall, this was a very good offering from Stone, well worthy of having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (6189) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag, courtesy. Den Haag. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, earthy mineral, coffee. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a smooth big dry roasted coffee liqourice chocolate palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit, fudge and coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, smooth and lightly roasted.

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