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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22 fl oz / 650mL bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool. Aroma: Rich chocolate and coffee. Currants. The aroma is strong with this one. Appearance: Opaque pitch black, with the darkest dark brown head I have ever seen. Thick lacing. Taste: So much chocolate and espresso. Roasty toasty malts. Palate: Incredibly thick, incredibly long finish. Overall: Fantastic, fantastic beer. Easily in my top 5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 22oz bottle split with my wife. A: Pours like oil and develops an almost gold mocha head. Nice legs. N: Coffee, roasted malt, and hops. A lot of smoke and licorice. Has an off putting smell in here - kind of earthy vegetable. Fresh moss and baker’s chocolate. T: Thick acrid smoke, hop bitterness and espresso. Very little sweetness to be found here and it’s very unbalanced. Alternates between stale coffee drinking and a decent beer. M: Oily and thick. Booze is pronounced, and this is excessively drying to the point of being desiccating. O: Husky graininess and an unworkable imbalance make this a pass for me. It gets worse as I drink it, to the point where my wife won’t touch hers, and I either got a bad bottle or this needs to be drank really cold. (Mine was cellar temp.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours near black with an espresso head. Aroma is coffee, licorice, light coffee. Taste is semi sweet with some roast on the end. Also some fudge. Full bodied and slick. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Deuce. Pours oily black with tan head, this is a beautiful looking beer. Aroma is excellent, roasted coffee. Taste is rich, bitter coffee dominating with some dark fruit in the background. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (492) - USA - MAY 10, 2013
Fairly dark pour, not much head. Smells of cocoa, chocolate, booze, cherry. A balanced taste with the sweet, roast, and bitter. Espresso comes through nice with a chocolate/cocoa. Everything comes together nicely and I think I like it better than the regular RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
22 oz. botte. Pours black with a large tan head. The aroma has dark fruits, chocolate, and not too much: coffee. I admit, I’m a little disappointed in it’s coffee presence. Maybe the coffee infused BBQ sauce I had with dinner ruined that, but I doubt it. The taste has chocolate, more dark fruits and roasted flavors. They seemed to achieve more of a melding balance with the coffee and roasted malt instead of being a coffee forward stout, which it is not. As it warms the coffee profile becomes more prominent. It still has the same thick and creamy mouthfeel as the OG.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (778) - - MAY 10, 2013
2013 bomber to a snifter. Pours black with very little head and great lacing. Aroma is molasses, bakers chocolate and a little malt. Taste is all three of previous with a nice sweetness and a little bitter. The espresso is present throughout and all the flavors commingle well. Supremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium full and oily. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with bubbly tan head that dissipates to thin ring of lace. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows, but the espresso is more balanced than the nose and a nice bitter finish gives it depth. Solid addition to the normal RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1318) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a pitch black with one finger kakhi head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, espresso, bakers chocolate, molasses, licorice, and some tobacco notes. Taste is roasted malts, espresso, bakers coco, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, some tobacco, moderate hops, and a litte booze as it warms. Has a moderately full body with a super creamy, oily, chewy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a very nice IRS version that is almost as good as the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottled. A huge offering from Stone, I’ve been waiting so long for them to do an espresso bottled version of the IRS. Finally! A beautiful looking beer, pours oily black with a thick ass cap of foam taking up the top 1/2 inch of my snifter glass. Sustained head throughout drinking. Rich, saucy aroma of dark chocolates, espresso, raisin bread and pancake batter. Flavor follows suit with sweet licorice and maple flavors up front rounded off by drying espresso and bitter blackened malts. Finish is bitter and warming alcohol. Nice chewy body that leaves an Exxon Valdez oil slick on the tongue. Its a bold statement in my book but this straight up competes with Speedway Stout. Hats off to Stone on growing as big as they have as a brewery but still kicking the shit out of palates everywhere.

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