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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4004) - 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 (2539) - 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 (1932) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3365) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
This was from a bottle at the bottle sharing at Dark Lord Day in Munster, IN. Poured a full black with a light tan head and light lacing. The nose is dark roasted malts and coffee. Full body. The flavor is what you get in the RIS with the dark fruit and chocolate, but a tasty coffee is right there but perfectly blended. Nice chocolate and coffee bitter finish. This raises the bar for all other expresso stouts. Exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a thick black with a beige head of foam. Aroma is heavy coffee over top of that licorice, roasty, chocolate that is Stone IRS. Taste is smooth coffee. Itís just right. I like how this one doesnít just taste like stale coffee grounds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a deep near black hue with a large tan head. Decent retention and lace. Aromas are of anise, licorice, dry herbs de proveince and earthy coffee, espresso. Chocolatey and massively roasty, Earthy and bitter on the nose. Flavors are bitter and earthy. Coffee actually makes it seem a touch less bitter than my memories of past vintages of Stone IRS. Pretty solid. Coffee flavor already feels a touch aged. Biscotti like malt, rich toast, medium caramel, bitter chocolate, and a dry finish with a lot of earthy coffee. Toasty. Warming, but alcohol is well hidden. Moderately big body. Very solid, $6.49 bomber is definitely well spent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bomber bottle, pours black with a small thin tan head. Bold coffee nose followed by mocha aromas. Big rich coffee flavors mixed with sweet milk chocolate and a background of vanilla. Great mouthfeel. Very tasty and well balanced, but not that complex. Some burn in the finish. This is a keeper, sorry its only a odd year release. Its a great deal and I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1200) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Poured deep black with a light tan head. The aroma is wonderful: darkness on the nose. Burnt malt, roasted malt and earthy. The taste is complex, well balance with a surprise bitter finish. Chocolate, burnt wood, fresh pressed espresso and lemon finish. The texture is crisper for a stout with moderate carbonation. Big, bold and unforgettable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRH (44) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Dark & black with a rich chocolatey tan head, this beer looks as deep, dark, & delicious as it is! Aromas of strong coffee, with dark chocolate, subtle smoke, sweet roasted meats, molasses, & a hint of wood; palate adds some milky sweetness, dark brown sugar, & spice; long rich bitter finish with lingering grassy hop & hints of vanilla. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4622) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Split a 22oz bottle among friends. Poured a deep dark rich motor oil color color with a lasting tan head. Aromas were mostly coffee aromatics, plenty of roasted malts. Flavor retains a lot of the base imperial stout notes, roasted malts, chocolate notes, but the coffee is certainly there. Plenty of bittersweet notes, nice finish.

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