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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1692) - - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Nose and taste are both simple. Lots of espresso and chocolate notes. Full mouthfeel and a nice carb. Simple and straight forward but absolutely awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hellbus (3) - - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (624) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Picked this up at the COOP tonight for about $6... Damn good deal IMO. Poured into my little CC snifter... 1 finger of dark brown head rises up and dies gradually.. decent lacing for the entire glass... the brew is black as coal. Aromas donít show as much coffee as I had hoped for... it is there, but there is something else that reminds me of anise/brewers licorice that is distracting... burnt sugars and light char finish things... nice dark chocolate as things warm up. Flavor is very well integrated.. light coffee and dark malts with some dark fruitiness... a bit figgy and definitely a burnt sugar essence. Hops show with warmth, sorta lite piney elements. The coffee notes should be higher IMO... but this is a great beer at the price. Body is bigger than I remember the standard IRS... Carbonation is good small bubble/almost creamy... Well done across the board.. Digging this fresh.. but I doubt there is any reason to cellar it other than for a bottle or two for future enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma is TONS of bold roasted espresso coffee, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, a touch of dark fruit and some anise. Wow, amazing full bodied taste with truck loads of espresso coffee. Good bit of super dark bitter earthy chocolate, caramel, maybe a little oak?, thereís a bit of dark fruit, and bold toasted malt. Definitely full bodied and really delicious. Iíll have to pick up a couple more of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eros47 (52) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours thick and pitch black. Small light brown head with tight bubbles. Little carbonation. Aromas consist of coffee and dark chocolate, alcohol is well masked. Taste like it smells, with a bit of bitterness to balance the sweets. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9623) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Damn good! Big bold pour, nearly black with a powerfully brown head. Flavors of fudge, bitter chocolate, roast, coffee, espresso, licorice. Well crafted.

   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 (1796) - 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 (2738) - 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.

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