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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - 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 (1487) - 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 (1012) - 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 (11614) - 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 (3513) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - 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 (1724) - 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...

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