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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 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Doesn’t have much of lacing. Nice ground coffee on the nose. Beautifully roasted coffee on the tongue. Hides it’s alcohol very well. Finishes nice. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (451) - - MAY 25, 2013
Rich chocolate aroma. Loaded with dark chocolate flavors and raw espresso beans. Solid amounts of hop bitterness. Hints of toast, brown sugar and raisins. Alcohol is quite present. This beer has a certain bite to it that I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5004) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with an espresso crema head. Coffee and roasted malt nose. Flavors of chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich mouth feel.. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1607) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours a pretty intense black with a tan head. Aromas of coffee, heavy roast. Taste is dry, roasty. Chocolate bar and coffee. Not as good as I was hoping. Noticeable alcohol burn. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Bottle poured a dark brown color with a thick capper of tan head. Aroma has espresso, oats, chocolate, and rich malt. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and light carbonation. Flavor is richly malted, espresso, chocolate, and a lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Excellent as expected. Not overtly roasty, but a nice litle juxtaposition with what is a slightly sweeter Impy. Chocolate, caramel, honey, vanilla, espresso and bubonic plague. RERATE on this - side by side with the original ’13. THis was much smoother and rounded in the body and the alcohol heat was much less apparent. Roast is bigger than I remember too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5996) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours pitch black with great mocha head and carpet lacing. Espresso dominates the aroma, as can be expected. Puts the beer a little off-balance actually. Some smoke malt and a taste of burnt coffee beans in finish. On tap at Blue Monk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle. 5/17/13. Pours opaque DARK brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is surprisingly simple but quite effective; coffee, chocolate, nutty. Taste is nutty, chocolate, coffee, espresso, roast malt; very simple, very delicious. Nice lacing. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Medium carbonation; appropriate. Not too much needs to be said here. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle. Thin dark black pour, small ring of dark carbonation and an aroma of your average cup of cold pressed coffee. Flavor is nice chocolately and slightly bitter coffee and finished slightly sweet with some good roastiness. At $9/bottle? Totally worth it.

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