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RATINGS: 565   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 you’ll 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 it’s production...you’ll 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 couldn’t 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Smells like the coffee isle at Central Market. Deep brown/brack with a thin, alchy tan head. I don’t even like coffee but this is delicious. There’s enougj roasty malt and dry cocoa taste to make it balanced. It finishes powerful but smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brownish black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Has a sweet citrus taste with a nice roast layer and chocolate notes on the back end. A hoppy, roasty, chocolaty stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1364) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 2013 odd year. Pours thick and black with a brown one finger head. Big coffee, roasted chocolate and hops aroma. This smells and looks much thicker than the regular RIS I had. Lots of rich chocolate aroma with the espresso. Sweet up front mellowed by the earthy spicy coffee bitterness. Still a bit of hop bite in this to go along. Flavors fade into sweet chocolate fudge, yum! Very little of the fruit and anise that I get from the standard RIS, and lots of coffee. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. So much fudge and goodness that there is no sign of the 11% abv. This is really well done and possibly rivals FBS (one of my favorites). Makes me want to revisit the standard version.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle. Well this is a beer that doesnt go for subtlety! Pours opaque black with a medium brown creamy head that laces well. Aroma is COFFEEEEEEEEE, plus roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, cigarette butts.. Flavor is COFFEEEEEEEE, very strong espresso feel to it, plus some cigarettes and a touch of cocoa powder. Very light sweetness and very bitter with bitterness and astringence from the dominating coffee flavors in the mouth. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms, fortunately. I like espresso a lot, and that is a necessary attribute if you want to enjoy this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (1950) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Oily black pour with a 1 finger, creamy mocha head that has excellent retention. Tons of dark roast coffee aroma, roast, roasted nuts, char, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate, a little burnt citrus peel. Lots of medium and dark roast coffee up front, dark chocolate, smoke, roast, woody grain, lots of pine floral notes and booze to the finish. Heavy body with an oily entry, boozy astringent finish and light, but sharp and blanketing carbonation. This is mostly really good, but I sort of had to ease into it, the first few drinks tasted like a really good coffee Impreial Stout + Gin Boilermaker, which I imagine not being very good. It got better, but the palate sorta sucks. Astringent and boozy all the way through. I think I enjoyed the previous bottle of this I drank quite a bit more, so I think I will revisit this rating when I drink another.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle sample at Beoir Go Leoir. Roasty ashy coffee grounds aroma. Black with a small tan head. Dark roasty espresso, chocolate, ash, and light lactic sweet flavor. Full creamy body, soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours the usual color with the usual foam. Aroma is similar of dark sweet roasty malts, but with that extra sweet, dark espresso kick, almost like the cafe con leche (cortadito) from Spain smell. Or, just any "extra shot" from Starbucks. Definitely got a great combo of straight caffeine and chocolate. Taste is truly something phenomenal. Amazingly rich, yet smooth. Coffee, vanilla, vodka, chocolate, espresso, This is truly a home run beer. Second taste confirms it, and knocks another shot out of the park. The espresso makes the ABV in this beer dangerously discrete. If you’re drinking this and find yourself suddenly more buzzed than you expected, well, you’ve been hit by, you’ve been hit by, a smoooooooth criminal. Excellence in a bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. Etched glass. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of fresh coffee, milk chocolate, roast chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Decadent. A touch of green pepper. Full mouth feel.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MALTYMOUNT51 (2) - Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
I had the beer tonight out of a 22oz.bomber overall the beer could have had a better expresso taste.The IRS was a little more over the top!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma of heavy coffee and dark chocolate. Appearance is black with sticky mocha head. Flavor of coffee, pepper and chocolate. Palate is full, chewy and very soft. Pretty good, too much coffee in the nose.


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