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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReggieDunlap (2931) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...nice lacing. Aroma has notes of roasty coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has fabulous espresso and hints at dark chocolate...roasty but not burnt...wow. mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice roasted coffee warming finish. Fabulous beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaosmax4u (3) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
Deep dark and delicious ... While the c2h3o2 mellows you out, the coffee keeps you alert. With every swirl, the head makes the kind of patterns in the surface like barista artistry. Truly a feast for the olfactory and the ocular senses. Cheers ^_~ and ... i got at Costco!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an inky black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of uneven lace. The nose is full of molasses and darkly roasted espresso with touches of molasses and vanilla. The flavor is nice and dry and bitter, with some of the sweetish molasses and dark chocolate, but the bitter espresso really takes over nicely. The body is massively full with a little lighter than average carbonation and a super long molasses and pleasantly bitter espresso finish

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, just release in April 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with the espresso; and some lightly noticeable hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with big espresso; with a good hop bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Big balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with espresso; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pour at bricks. Glossy black with chocolate colored head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, some caramel, toffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla sweet, some burnt oak to it (bourbon?), great body, light smooth carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2013
On tap at Fatherís Office in LA. Holy frijoles -- now this is a coffee stout. Unbelievably smooth, and the coffee is the warm espresso variety, not the stale note that too many beers exhibit. Chocolate and molasses -- this one is definitely a sweet stout, balanced beautifully by the roasty coffee. Wish this were available on a (really) regular basis -- itís just great.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1318) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22 oz. bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange, Greenville, SC (bottled March 28, 2013). Thick dark brown to nearly black pour with a rich brown head. Delicious aroma of roasted espresso and dark chocolate with light floral hops that sneak up from the back. Wonderful coffee flavor with rich mocha and light smoke that leave a slight lingering bitterness on the palate. The richness and mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. This is my kind of beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of strong black coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is espressoish, roasted malt, and a good warmth. Full body with good carbonation. Sweet middle with a very nice bitter finish. Very nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2017) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dense black color with a small khaki head that soon recedes to a ring. The aroma is strong with coffee, coffee grounds and sweetened coffee. The flavor is more of the same, like the nose, there is ample coffee, mocha, espresso and some bitter walnuts for good measure. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering coffee beans. Overall: First rate coffee stout--compares favorably to speedway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and lesser bits of smoke and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malt, espresso, alcohol, caramel, and chocolate. Creamy, fairly heavy body, long finish.


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