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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a thick chocolate and coffee flavor with a dry carbonated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle pour absolutely opaque black with tan head. Nose of roast, chocolate, and some espresso. Taste of dark bitter chocolate, nice bitter mid palate and faint coffee aftertaste. Gat beer, but I honestly expected more prominent coffee flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (146) - - APR 24, 2013
2013 bottle. Very coffee forward aroma with some roasted malt. Black as night pour with 1/2 finger tan head. Nice lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. Taste matches aroma for the most part. Some slight alcohol heat, but not really detectable in the taste. Very thick and creamy with little carbonation. Reminds me of a thicker version of Breakfast Stout. I say it's much much better than the most recent batch of Breakfast Stout. At $5.99 a bomber, it's a very high quality beer for the price. I will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brouwerij (959) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1545) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3851) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2588) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (492) - 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.

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