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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 599   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 2, 2013
This is like eating a dark chocolate almond and a dark chocolate coffee bean together. No, it smells like roasting coffee. No, Kristen, it doesn’t. Good quality ones too, none of that fake shit that be frontin’. First beer of the night future self who thinks I must have been drunk when rating this. A little bit of messy fruity esters, but not much. It’s pretty well covered up at least. No way, none of that. This beer tastes like a really punk rock coffee! Like a coffee you met in a really dirty dive bar and watched your favorite movie with while getting plastered. Fucking hipsters. More caramel for the pancakes is comin’, but also more garbage can. so punk rock it doesn’t even care about garbage. tastes kinda boozy at the bottom of the glass, like ya’ll got cheep and started ordering really shitty shots. Cheep like a bird? Cheep cheep cheep. Alright, hipster got a point. It is kinda earthwormy. But it’s in a good way. Obviously. As if earthwormy could be anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle from Market Square. Black pour with a thin creamy brown colored head. Thick, rich cocoa powder, dry roasted malt, slightly sweet espresso with a subtle hop character. Rich chocolate on the front of the tongue, roasted malts, licorice and stovetop espresso. Thick mouthfeel with a solid hoppy finish. Good fucking stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle. Black with thin tan head that retains. Aroma is roasty coffee. Flavor is coffee, roastiness, and a little bit of chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyvolz (17) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
pours black with tan head. smells like strong roasted coffee, some chocolate notes. earthy. its dry, bitter and incredibly rich and complex

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Aroma is heavy roasted bean, earth, and chocolate, with a tiny hint of fruit? Pours thick and very dark brown, not quite black. Head is thin and tan, and leaves a scattered lace. The espresso is dominant and a little whelming. Not enough to discourage, though. Chocolate makes its presence known up front, then gives way to the roasted flavor. The espresso sits on your tongue looooong after your sip. At first it bothered me but it definitely grows on you. Drinks nice and smooth. Overall, well done espresso stout with a Stone signature

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Pour is black with tan foam. Nose of dark coffee and espresso. Roasty but it certainly doesn’t seem overdone. Taste is rich and creamy. Dry as can be. Lots of coffee with just a touch of creamer thrown in there. Long finish. There’s a touch of dark fruit on the nose and in flavor, but not much. Just enough to break up some of that Java. Not perfect, but overall very, very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2195) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bomber split with TheRon. Pours opaque black with a tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, maybe some anise, and big time chocolate, plus a hint of DMS. Flavor is big roast, chocolate, and coffee. Very nice blend of big beer and coffee. No real hint of the alcohol, with the exception of a nice, warm, tingly feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Aromas of licorice, roasted malt, chocolate. Pours black with a small being head. Malty flavors, coffee, licorice. Bitter finish. The high alcohol really doesn’t show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Standard black pour, with a nice dark tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, mild licorice, sweet dried dark fruit, strong espresso flavor, light grapefruit, and bitterness from coffee and hops. Sweet heavy body, but smooth, and finishes with a dry bitterness. A good coffee stout for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz bottle - odd year (2013) release. Pours thick, black, viscous, with nice medium-full bodied tan head. Thick and lasting. Aromas of roasted malts, rich coffee, sweet lactose, and plums. Taste is awesome and alive with nice bright citrus fruit, leading into dark chocolate and espresso, bittering finish with hint of vanilla. Medium bodied, long finish. Good brew.

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