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RATINGS: 593   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 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 (932) - 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 (3587) - 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 (3539) - 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 (2528) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3756) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, just release in April 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with the espresso; and some lightly noticeable hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with big espresso; with a good hop bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Big balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with espresso; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pour at bricks. Glossy black with chocolate colored head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, some caramel, toffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla sweet, some burnt oak to it (bourbon?), great body, light smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2013
On tap at Father’s Office in LA. Holy frijoles -- now this is a coffee stout. Unbelievably smooth, and the coffee is the warm espresso variety, not the stale note that too many beers exhibit. Chocolate and molasses -- this one is definitely a sweet stout, balanced beautifully by the roasty coffee. Wish this were available on a (really) regular basis -- it’s just great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1692) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22 oz. bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange, Greenville, SC (bottled March 28, 2013). Thick dark brown to nearly black pour with a rich brown head. Delicious aroma of roasted espresso and dark chocolate with light floral hops that sneak up from the back. Wonderful coffee flavor with rich mocha and light smoke that leave a slight lingering bitterness on the palate. The richness and mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. This is my kind of beer.

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