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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Aroma of sweet roasty coffee and licorice. Pours black with a great blanket brown head. Taste is super roasty with great coffee notes. It’s almost hard to tell which roast characteristics are actually from the coffee. Some brilliant vanilla bean notes at the finish. Superbly made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Chocolate syrup pour with a deep mocha head. Cocoa dipped Kona coffee beans, vanilla, roasted and even slightly charred marshmallow, and caramel round this one out. The 11% ABV is completely invisible. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a deep black with a small khaki head that settles quickly and leaves good lacing. Dominate aroma of dark roasted coffee beans from the added espresso and the malt with hints of dark fruit. Taste of dark roasted coffee and molasses with some dark fruit like plums. Has a charred character mid palate that transitions to bakers chocolate. Finishes bittersweet and semi dry. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium/full body and medium carbonation. Excellent coffee stout that ranks up there with the best. Doesn’t have the vegetal note that some coffee stouts can have and hides the higher ABV very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1678) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22oz bottle pours a dark brown color with out much head. Strong aroma of coffee. Tasted alongside the classic IRS. The espresso version is less sweet and is far more bitter with the coffee flavors. Overall a great coffee stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Very roasty stout, as perhaps expected from Stone. Very good, but not getting super espresso notes, and runs a bit hot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Opaque blackness with a short, dense mocha colored head. Aroma seems coffee dominant with roasted malt, dark chocolate and burnt caramel in the background. Taste is strong coffee notes (dark oily coffee beans, mostly), chocolate covered coffee beans, burnt caramel, roasted malt and brownies. Body is medium-full and slightly chewy with a strong, dense bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more extreme coffee flavors, chocolate covered coffee beans, coffee cake and roasted malt. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (698) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a dark velvety brown with a small tan head. Smells of dark rich coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - espresso, followed by chocolate and a hint of licorice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (354) - 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 (1735) - 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.

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