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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (532) - California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis. Black color, brown head disappears pretty quickly, not much lacing. Coffee aroma obviously but balanced well by chocolate and almond/vanilla. Flavor is similar but coffee is more dominant leading to a more bitter than usual stout. A little ashy in the finish. Alcohol is only slightly present, moreso in the aroma, a surprise considering the ABV. I tend to prefer rich, chocolatey stouts, but it is hard to find fault with this beer based on its own merits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle. Deep black pour with thick dark tan head. Splashy lacing. Smell is dark roasted, bold coffee, some booze, . Taste is back-strap molasses, bold coffee, bittering hops, smooth dark chocolate, milk chocolate/lactic touch. Wow. Just took the original to another level. Not better, per se, but just as lovely. In comparison to the another coffee beer I just had this is so much more bold roasted and fresh coffee tasting. Get is now, and get it fresh. Damn its good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1364) - California, USA - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2015 Pours black with thick tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee aromas. Espresso, chocolate, toffee and roasted malt flavors. Full body with chocolate finish. Better with age. 2013 fresh and ages 18 months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons, Eugene. Pours an opaque black, slight tan head. Lots of coffee in the nose, also some chocolate, alcohol and roasted malt. Aroma is fairly complex overall, improves as it warms up a bit. Body is rich and a little bit lively. Finish is by turns herbal, almost grassy, then rolls into a semi-sweetness before coming back strong with the coffee and roasted notes for a bitterness that lingers. Very intense, but very good. One to share...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2013
Well, looks very dark and some coffee in the aroma. The flavor is quite strong of coffee, too much for me. The roast is a nice type, but just too over-the-top for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9986) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Take a good beer, add good espresso, and you have... A great coffee stout. Good addition to the family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1429) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bomber into a snifter. Pours nearly black with a brown bubbly head. No lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark espresso, lactose. Really smells like nice, fresh ground coffee and tastes like a nice strong double shot of espresso. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Drinks real good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
I had this beer on tap at Smoqued BBQ in Orange, CA. This jet black pour with a cocoa-puff brown head was very tasty. It’s a palate pleasing combination of coffee an chocolate flavors. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at Sybarite Pig. Tulip. Extreme dark brown hazy pour with caramel color head. Smell is COFFEE!! Plain and simple. Taste is COFFEE! Vanilla, lache, heavy malts. Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours thick black, slight head fades to light skim. Aroma of espresso and dark chocolate. Flavor is rich espresso and dark chocolate as well. Remarkably without acrid bite from the dark malts and espresso. Full bodied, rich, delightful. A sipper and drinker at the same time. Liked this.

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