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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 597   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
The aroma of this beer combines toasted malts, espresso, and a hint of vanilla, and the appearance is an opaque black color with a large tan head. The taste is complex through a fusion of mildly bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet flavors that work well with the palate, which includes a bitter finish, soft carbonation, slick texture. and a full body. Overall, I was quite impressed with this beer, especially since the vintage IRS didn’t do too much to prove its worthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, slight flickers of dark fruit, dark chocolate. Black should be small dark beige head with spotty lacing. Tastes of bitter espresso and roasted malt. Some sweet creamy aspects, espresso retains a dryness. Chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is super velvety. Great variation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1534) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Jet black pour with a mocha head that fades down to a film. Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, and wood. Some molasses in there as well. Taste has a nice chocolaty sweetness up front that goes into coffee, char, and faint caramel. Finishes bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is well concealed but warms on the way down. Slick on the palate but dries out. Really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7768) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
5/16/13. 22oz bottle thanks to cheesemoose. Black pour with a nice khaki head. A bit of coffee, some booziness, and chocolate on the aroma. Light smooth coffee with chocolate and a touch of booze on the flavor. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a small-medium brown head. Aroma is sweet, lots of coffee, like walking into a coffee shop, some slight metal. Taste is very sweet, dominated by coffee, in a good way. Finish is sweet, lightly bitter. Medium-full body, soft carbonation. Very good, but needs some more bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate throughout this beer. Absolutely delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle at home. Pour is viscous, oily black with a frothy brownie-colored head and great lacing. Huge coffee and dark chocolate aroma - oaky, earthy, light tobacco, oatmeal, roast, molasses, dark fruits, somewhat leathery, light soy, and raisins. Nice. Taste is espresso, dark fruits, light vanilla, dark cocoa, figs, deep earthy roastiness, slightly hoppy - so smooth and velvety - light leather, smoke, and nutty leading to a lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Absolutely no signs of alcohol and super easy to drink; hard to believe it is 11%. Rich, decadent, smooth, slightly hoppy and the perfect balance between roast, sweetness, and coffee. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3632) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...nice lacing. Aroma has notes of roasty coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has fabulous espresso and hints at dark chocolate...roasty but not burnt...wow. mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice roasted coffee warming finish. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaosmax4u (4) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
Deep dark and delicious ... While the c2h3o2 mellows you out, the coffee keeps you alert. With every swirl, the head makes the kind of patterns in the surface like barista artistry. Truly a feast for the olfactory and the ocular senses. Cheers ^_~ and ... i got at Costco!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2576) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an inky black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of uneven lace. The nose is full of molasses and darkly roasted espresso with touches of molasses and vanilla. The flavor is nice and dry and bitter, with some of the sweetish molasses and dark chocolate, but the bitter espresso really takes over nicely. The body is massively full with a little lighter than average carbonation and a super long molasses and pleasantly bitter espresso finish

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