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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1570) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch frothy tan head. The head stays around for a long time, and there’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s the addition of some burnt/charred malt and anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. If you like coffee/espresso beers, then you should like this. I think this is a very good overall brew, I’ll have to pick up another bottle soon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2048) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Draft at Monks Cafe. Thick black pour with frothy brown head. Rich dark roasted coffee aroma. Intense flavors. Sugary enough to shock the teeth but a lot of dark bitter coffee and chocolate as well. Liquid black vinyl. I like it quite a lot but not as much as the standard Stone IRS as the ashy element is much less pronounced. Still tremendous! High ABV is reasonably well hidden. Feels like a rich refined coffee liquor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popkow (302) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Half head half brew and tons of flavor. This dark stout is thick and greasy with flavor of coffee bean mashed with grain. Alcohol taste is mild and the beer has a long roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Mike for this one. Black with small brown head. Coffee aroma, chocolate, roastiness. Taste is very roasty, ashy with plenty burnt coffee. Decent body and quite bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (17635) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
bottle at home ... thanks to ben ...deep black ... thin tan head ... dark mellow chocolate roast ... lightest charcoal nose ... dark chocolate ... dark roast ... heavy dark roast ... mellow and smooth ... light dark chocolate ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (897) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle at Craig?s house. Black colour with very little head. Medium bitterness. Obviously nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1292) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Thick and oily with a nice brown head. Coffee adds an astringent tinge to the aroma of roast and bittersweet chocolate. Very pleasant body is smooth yet powerful. Burning twigs, coffee grounds, and baked brownies finish dry but clean. A very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with a tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, mocha, and some vanilla. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Overall alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4072) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
On tap at Reservoir with bill, pours pitch black with mocha medium head, thick lace. Notes of heavy espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasty malt, green pepper and light vanilla. Sticky palate with medium body. Full flavored and warming. Booze is relatively well hidden. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty.

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