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RATINGS: 593   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2105) - Greeley, 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) - Chesapeake, 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 (5070) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Draft at Stone tap takeover at Crunchy's. near black mahogany eith a dark tan head. Deep coffee and malt aromas. Lots of malt and mild chocolate. Not much espresso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Draft at crunchys. Thin khaki head. Nice blend of coffee malt and chocolate. Hides alcohol well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Rich, strong coffee aroma blended with cocoa, malted milk balls, molasses, vanilla, smoke. Coffee flavor as well with accompanying smoke, cocoa. A pretty solid coffee RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
The pour is thick and black with a small tan head. The nose is straight up coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, cream and booze. The taste is high sweet and medium low bitter. The mouthfeel soft and creamy but also gets bite toward the long finish. The body is heavy. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
On draught at World Of Beer, served in a snifter. The beer pours dark brownish-black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt. Full-bodied with a strong coffee character and notes of roast malt and dark chocolate in the background. The finish is roasty with a lingering bitter espresso aftertaste. Well done all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bomber. Pours near pitch black with a small head that fades normally and collects at the edges. Big espresso aroma mixed with some chocolate milk and light roast. Taste has a lactose sweetness but balances pretty well with the strong espresso flavor, roast, black licorice, and burnt toast. Fairly strong bitterness as well. As the beer warms it becomes more burnt tasting and is pretty nice. Finish has a moderate alcohol burn. Medium to thick body, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, really nice except for the noticeable alcohol in the finish.

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