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RATINGS: 585   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (796) - 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 (1182) - 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 (9453) - 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 (3632) - 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 (3913) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1306) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (958) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2761) - 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.

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