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RATINGS: 572   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 youíll 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 itís production...youíll 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 couldnít 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas are big coffee and minimal roast. Flavors are coffee up front, then coffee, followed by coffee and finally a little roast, chocolate and cream. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin, tough when this warms it gains a boost in this department and coats the tongue nicely with just a dash of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is just a touch less satisfying than the OG Stone IRS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Appearance: Pours black with a small sudsy tan head that subsides to a mere ring.

Aroma: Cold coffee, roasted malt, anise and a touch of alchol.

Taste: Big mouthful of roasty fresh acidic coffee. Some spicy herbal hops wedged between the coffe and the bitter chocolate like roasted malt. Bitterness lingers. Not too far off from the classic version at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a tad rough with prickly active carbonation.

Overall: As with any coffee beer, I either like it or hate it with nothing in between. Iíll file this under like. The espresso addition was very tasty, and was pretty well integrated into this roast heavy beer. As for aging it, I suppose itís worth a shot. The bitterness will mellow, but I would hate to lose that espresso freshness I experienced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Thanks to Mad Mike for the share. The beer is fairly hazy and light apricot hued with a small head. Both the aroma and flavor bring peaches, mustiness, peach skins, earthy qualities. I really enjoyed this. Definitely a unique brew. Lots of fleshy peach skins and juicy character. Present sourness and tartness but also accessible and drinkable, particularly if you enjoy peaches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Poured a deep black with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and nuts. Taste is chocolate, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, faint licorice, with a sweet and bitter finish. Body is silky smooth. Really good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tastebuds808 (16) - - MAY 5, 2013
I accidentally bought this but glad I did. The description didn't sound good to me at all. After tasting it I changed my tone in this beer. Pours a light mocha head. Smells of slight chocolate and mocha. I'm not a stout drinker but this is one that I might keep in my fridge for the special occasion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1391) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Big roasted aroma, with a hint of coffee. Pours an opaque black with a thin light tan head. Really nice coffee flavor coming through and blending with the roasted malts. There is a touch of alcohol heat noticeable in the finish. Thereís a nice slick mouthfeel, and a lingering roasted flavor. If you like coffee, and you like the Stone IRS, then do yourself a favor and pick this one up to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6237) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
22. Pours jet black and sludgy with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around for a while. Big roasty sweet dark chocolate and intensely roasty dark coffee nose. Very appealing. Has an earthiness from the coffee that isnít there in the base IRS, but otherwise is clearly from the same beer. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Nice roasty coffee and dark chocolate on the mid palate, a little sweet here, a little earthy there. A big potent powerful dark beast of a stout. Worth several repeats, and equally good on draft IME.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a decent looking pitch black body with a smaller sized foamy beige head the leaves spotty lace all over my pint, I imagine in a clean snifter the lace would be more impressive. Atom of cold pressed black coffee, burnt toast, burnt marshmallow. Medium bodied at best with stronger small tight bubbly carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Flavor of super bitter coffee beans, burnt toast, super bitter hop pellets and a hint of vanilla extract alcohol. Meh, I think itís okay at best but maybe a year in bottle might make this amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2949) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Incredible brew from the brewery, as good as the imperial stout but delicious espresso all around

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2031) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 5, 2013
On tap at the Roadhouse Pub in Frederick, MD. Opaque, near black with a small khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of sweet coffee, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt. Taste of espresso, charred wood, bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. Slightly foamy with a velvety mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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