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RATINGS: 580   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 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with mocha head and wavy sheets of lace. Nose of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. Pretty creamy with a ton of coffee flavor along with chocolate, vanilla, licorice, roasted malts. Pretty sweet up front. Not overly bitter with all that coffee but some bitterness on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick airy light brown head. Rich, sweet nose of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans, and dark sugars. Charred, roasted body with notes of dark fruits, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee beans; high octane with alcohol heat that flares the nostrils. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1305) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Plenty of rich coffee aroma amidst the chocolatey, roasty stout foudation. Deep, dark, roasty base unleashes a hearty burst of espresso after each sip. A touch boozy as it descends; a few months should provide a good trade-off between smoothing out the heat while ensuring the coffee remains intact.

Good body; a touch too much carb for the style. Stone's IRS proves its versatility yet again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (953) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Of course this exceptional, but not sure I can detect the espresso undertones--albeit I do drink a lot of espresso beverages. Even with the ABV slightly elevated from previous versions, this thing is still smooth as hell and a pleasure. Wish I could detect the espresso, but that might not be possible due to my over-consumption of espresso itself. 220z bomber.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2747) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Pours thick and dark unclear with a beautiful creamy cocoa head. The aroma is the weakest part here, almost nothing even at room temp, just some roasted malts. Starts out with a big creamy body that brings on the roasted malts and coffee and a smooth espresso bite as wanted. The flavor is really smooth and delicious, brining no alcohol bite either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3741) - 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 (1088) - 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 (1598) - 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 (3840) - 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 (2075) - 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.


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