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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 599   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (634) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee and resin hops Medum bodied. I wish the coffee were more prominent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Tastes sweet, roasted, and finishes malty/bitter. Can’t taste the coffee much other than a bitter, roasty and boozy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - MAY 17, 2013
Not a lot of coffee smell, not as much as I had hoped. Smells more like chocolate/roastey malts. Taste is bitter, again not a lot of coffee. Very smooth, pretty tasty, but I had higher hopes for this before I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle, this beer had a black pour that looked viscous and made a one finger dark tan head that lowered to a thin layer with open spaces and ring, the glass had many small streams of bubbles at the sides of the glass, it left spots of lacing on the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle, this Impy had aromas of espresso and dark roasted coffee bean, big roasted malt, chocolate, a little molasses sweetness, there were a little smoke notes in the background (intense roasted malt?), it had flavors of big roasted malt and grain with strong espresso-coffee, some bitter chocolate, and a little dark fruit and malt sweetness that was in the background, the finish had a little burnt or almost burnt roasted malt with some roasted malt astringency that gave a bit of bitterness, the espresso and roasted malt bitterness hung around a bit on the tongue after each sip, the mouth feel was thick with a nice creamy feel on the tongue, and it had average carbonation, this was a nice combination of a big Impy with espresso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Purchased at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool mid May Friday night hanging out at home. Was very happy to find this stuff, and it’s pretty incredible. Appearance is a thick, oily pitch black with a thin tan head that rims around the glass, as it warms, has a nice thick tan head. Aroma is a bit light but decandent, with rich espresso / coffee notes along with chocolate, light bit of lactose, but overall a tad bitter. Taste goes down with a light bitterness, rich in dark coffee and chocolate, there is a subtle dark fruit aspect to this, and is a very smooth RIS but also a bit dry. Extremely enjoyable brew, Stone does it yet again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle shared with mom, pours black with low creamy head. Aroma is deep roast coffee and malt, taste is a mouthful of roasted, coffee, bitter finish monster stout, great.

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