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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a half finger of tan head. Settles to cap in minutes with minimal lacing. Aroma is espresso, heavily roasted. Strong espresso flavor up front, deep roast, and a dark chocolate finish, dark malt, roasted malt finish. Supremely rich. Soft carbonation, full body, and smooth texture. A great beer, can’t get enough, very glad I got to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 23, 2013
4/15/13 notes: bottle, $5.75. Pours into snifter predictably dark brown-black with a small tan head. Aroma of deep roasty espresso, pine, cacoa, some black cherry. Flavor is awesomely rich and powerful, gusts of dark chocolate, roasted barley, pervasive espresso without being overwhelming. Mouthfeel is silky, lightly carbonated with a farily long finish. I gotta say this is highly successful for me, better than the original if only for my love of coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, touch of dark fruits, some earthy hops, some vanilla, and some booze. T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted bitter coffee, black licorice, molasses, some earthy hops and bitterness, vanilla, a touch of dark fruits, and some booze. M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish. D - The espresso is a really nice touch on top of the base RIS.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle 4/24/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-39° in Snifter-Pours pitch black with a small one finger brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and slight anise. This full bodied brew is well balanced and the espresso is not overpowering and it hides the ABV very well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1314) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
Solid coffee stout. Thick and strong. Nice blend of imperial malt and strong coffee. Good stuff, better than the regular stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2013
Black, thin beige lacing. Fairly potent roasted coffee bean aroma with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, burnt sugar, toast, and hints of anise. Heavy, syrupy sweet taste. Creamy, full-bodied, and a little too much carbonation. Smoke in the long, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1294) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some sweet vanilla.

The flavor is sweet malts, roasted coffee and some anise with a big roast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, very nice. The coffee is not overdone, and balances the bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy darkish brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was dry toasty malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a hint of anise. The flavor was roasty and toasty with notes of anise, coffee, vanilla and touches of whiskey and port wine. Long roasty cocoa, coffee, vanilla and almost smoke finish. Moderately full bodied. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Small beige head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grapefruit, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
toxichop (340) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
S: Roasted malts, espresso, caramel malt, chocolate, molasses and vanilla to my suprise the coffee does not dominate, it blends with many sweet aromas that exist in this beer. P: Almost completly black, looks thick coming out of the bottle and gives a nice brown sugar one inch head that eventually dissapears. T: This was a bit of a let down, the roast just dominates this beer, if roast can be measured like bitterness this would 100. Acidy also comes foward with this beer with dark chocolate, a touch of alchohol and some smoke. M: Med/ high carbonation with some bitterness and a dry roasty finish. O: Well, this was cheap atleast. Stone has some beers that I love and some that I hate. This just didnt do it for me.


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