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RATINGS: 588   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (630) - 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 (4189) - 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 (1222) - 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 (5588) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bomber->snifter. Black with small tan head. Aroma: strong coffee over chocolate and malt. Taste is boozy, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (659) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours a somewhat thick opaque black with a nice big khaki head. The aroma is very similar to the regular Stone RIS... Not a ton of espresso but nice roasted malts and chocolate. On the palate, however this tastes like a freaking coffee milkshake stout float. Awesome. Just sweet enough to bust up the roasted astringency. Yum! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (6519) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bomber to taster (thanks Nate). Looks good; a thick dark cola with beige lacing. Smells and tastea good too; dark malt and espresso with a solid (albeit pretty bitter from the espresso) mouthfeel. A nice spin on a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2013
22oz bottle. never thought iíd see the day where a stone IRS version was limited to 1 bottle/person. anyways...pours a dense, deep brown that sits black in the glass capped by a dark, mocha brown head that lasts through the entire pour and leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is every bit stone IRS with heavy roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, wet earth, and pitted olives backed by luscious espresso, mocha, subtle toffee, and hints of vanilla. flavor is simply delicious with rich notes of mocha espresso, frappacino, vanilla beans, and heavy roast layered atop the dense malts, anise, earthy hops, and hints of toasted maple bread. palate is rich, full bodied, and dangerously smooth to drink with a long, lingering finish of roast, coffee, and chocolate cake. overall, one of the best mass-produced stone IRS versions out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LagunaBeerMan (10) - California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Straight from the source at Stone. Drank a bottle out in the gardens. I just love heavy full flavored beers. Pitch black dark color. Coffee ice cream colored thick foam head. Heavy lacing. Lots of bitters. Heavy mouth feel, a very thick beer. The original RIS has alot of coffee notes already so the espresso might not seem so espressoeee but there is definetely plenty of coffee flavor. So many flavors pop out as you explore this beer. Plenty of beer for a beer lover.

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