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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 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 (9721) - 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 (1399) - 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 (1407) - 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 (3530) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1148) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle. The pour is dark, black, just like their normal RIS. Little head, but hangs around the rim. The aroma is mostly malts, with only a hint of coffee for me. The taste is thick. Only hints of coffee, mostly robust malt flavor that you get from a quality RIS. This should get better as it warms up. Wish there was actually more coffee, but it is solid either way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2013
2013 vintage. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. A - Pours a bitch black body with a dark mocha foam. Decent lacing and a quickly receding head. S - Strong espresso beans, chocolate, and roast. Not particularly complex but certainly solid. T - Heavily roasted espresso beans, chocolate, a bit of a lactic twang, and some roasted malts. Like the nose its not entirely complex or inspiring, but a well rounded coffee stout. Mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy with high carbonation. Has a lasting bitterness. O - This one didn’t really impress me. It’s really tasty and nice, but based on the price and limited availability I much prefer FBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bvdubn (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
Looks like spent motor oil. Tons of espresso in the nose along with burnt malts. Nice creamy mocha head with some lacing. The bitterness if the IRS comes through and then the espresso comes on strong. Really solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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