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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 youíll 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 itís production...youíll 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 couldnít 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1173) - 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 didnít really impress me. Itís 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (340) - USA - APR 27, 2013
Bomber poured in snifter. Awesome, heavy expresso notes hide the 10% alcahol very well. Excellent coffee stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 27, 2013
On draft at Sybarite Pig. This was pure treat to drink. The espresso was more subtle then I was expecting but still made an already great beer that much better. Very tasty indeed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (682) - Newark, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
Pours dark black with nice dark brown head with ok lacing. Aroma is amazing, sooo much coffee in there and notes of chocolate.Taste is full zon coffee assault, some notes of dark chocolate, slightly bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle @ Belmont Station... Poured black with a thin, light tan head. Nose had roast and coffee. The espresso coffee flavor was there, but certainly in check. And all the lovely defining aspects of Stoneís IRS were still shining. Dark, toasted malts and sugars, with roast, dark chocolate, and coffee beans dominated the flavor profile of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1259) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is of malts, a little less coffee than I was expecting, chocolate, grain, and some booziness. Nice full bodied palate. Flavor is of malts, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, bark, and toffee. Leaves a roasted malt and slight coffee finish. Overall I must admit that I was expecting more, but Iíll just cellar the other bottle and try it in a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle: The aroma is a nice mixture of moderate dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, faint, burnt notes, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown, with no transparency, and a one finger light brown head that quickly settles into a thin film outlined by a thick ring. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a blend dark chocolate and milk chocolate, but more so leaning towards dark chocolate. The finish has moderate-heavy espresso, roast, fruit, light black licorice, and vanilla. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, I really dig the addition of the espresso beans. I really wish this was more than just an "Odd Year" release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
Honestly for the price, what really better than Stones "IRS"? Throw in some espresso, even better. Pours midnight black with strong coffee and malt aroma. Coffee is well blended and not obnoxious at all. Smooth matlyness with a hop bit at the end. Another great beer.

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