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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (416) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1469) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5586) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12277) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
toxichop (498) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Deep rich black pour with a dark head. Aroma is bitter coffee upfront with roasted malt following. This aroma graciously invites you into your first sip. Taste is coffee flavor that dominates an already tasty beer. The first sip also tells me to go back and buy some more $6.49 is a steal for such a tasty beer. Quality beer for a decent price.Other beer companies should take notice. One of the tastiest beers I have had this year. Super lacing, thick, chewy and the beer clings to the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1171) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
On tap a stone world bistro. Slick oily black with lots of lacing down the glass. Strong chocolate like the original but a pungent coffee aroma. Fantastic dark coffee flavour with nice creamy mouthfeel. Love this edition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2013
Black pour - moderate ring of tan foam - intense espresso in the nose - there are some other characteristics (chocolate, anise), but the coffee overpowers everything - itís nice, but smells slightly charred and a little acidic - somewhat oily in the mouth - moderate carbonation - flavor is mostly dark coffee (no surprise, considering the aroma) - itís fairly bitter, but has some cream and burnt sugar sweetness up front to keep it in check - this sweetness dissipates on the tail end, though, so the bitterness and acidity of the coffee beans gets to be a bit much - given the amount of coffee that was apparently used, this may have been unavoidable - the rich flavor of the coffee is quite nice - this just gets a bit astringent on the tail end - the slight alcohol burn on the end doesnít make that any better - a mixed bag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with a thin fizzy tan head. Earthy ground coffee and chocolate aroma and taste with caramel and vanilla notes and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Thick oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (996) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Smokey cocoa nib, coffee bean and burnt molasses aroma. Pure black with a thin foam rim. Full bodied with espresso, coffee bean and chocolate overtones.Notes of burnt sugar, toffee, roasted caramel and dark grains are present as well. Finish leaves you with a massive lingering alcohol burn. Overall, this is full flavored and full bodied. Stone Brewing delivers another massive brew.

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