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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3585) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Alright. Another one of these "Odd Beers" from Stone. Though, an espresso imperial stout certainly isnít odd. Itís fairly common, Iíd think. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick black with a large tan head. Aroma of espresso, coffee, chocolate, mocha. Pretty nice. Flavor is rich, lots of espresso and coffee, lots of chocolate, medium bitterness. The focus of this beer is clearly on the espresso. This is good. Very good, though. I like it. Certainly better than some of the other "Odd Beers" Iíve had from Stone. So, good job!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (526) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2013
This is quite a tasty espresso stout with strong roasty flavors that are a good match for the strong espresso flavors. Has a nice mouth feel that isnít too thick or muddy, but delivers a punch of a flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1241) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Pours black with Brown head. Taste is really roasty an malty. Some coffee comes threw. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle and not served in my Stone IRS snifter since it broke a few weeks ago but in the process of getting a glass for this I broke an even more valuable snifter which make me really sad.

but this beer is so good it at least brought me back to a less depressed state. Yummy Tummy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2755) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bomber. Surprised I am rate 16 so no pressure right?! Decent tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a bit roasty coffee with some purple fruit and soy sauce. That soy does not come through to the flavor though. All else does. The stout bit comes through with the coffee a little more subtle and smooth. Big sweetness on the finish and you are left wih a long lasting chocolate and bittersweet after taste. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mrnoluv (193) - long beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Very bitter aftertaste to me, itís almost like an IPA stout, not sure what the IBU is on this one but man it sure is way more bitter than I expected. Would like a little more sweetness. Beautiful color bit have to admit, was disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottled 3/28/13, opened 4/19/13. Thick black pour, minimal head that dissipates to lacing. On the nose, a fresh, cold coffee (or fresh ground coffee) aroma that is just great. Iím getting a ton of coffee (espresso) on the palate. The finish is roast coffee, alcohol, some black licorice and roast malt. As coffee stouts go, itís a touch behind Speedway. But still great. Itíll be interesting to watch it age

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1374) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Poured black/dark brown with a thin tan head that left a strong film and nice lacing. Terrific smell - dark chocolate, uted espresso, roasted malts, coffee. Espresso came through more strongly in the flavor profile, which included roasted malts, chocolate and licorice, with molasses and pancake syrup in the background. Full bodied, creamy smooth, not much carbonation. ABV certainly is not evident. Espresso and chocolate linger in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1064) - DENMARK - APR 19, 2013
A nice roasted flavor with taste of coffee and notes of chokolate. Some bitterness. Dark brown almost black with a light brown fading head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (951) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bomber purchased at Beverage Warehouse in the Marina Del Rey area while on a business trip ($5.99). Pours a true pitch black with two full fingers of fluffy khaki-brown head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma of smoky dark roasted grain, thick caramel, creamy milk chocolate, and some black coffee. Flavor of hearty dark espresso, powerful dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, with lighter notes of vanilla and roasted nuts. The coffee is stronger in the flavor than in the nose, and finishes with a nice coffee roasty-bitterness. As with the normal IRS, the high ABV is quite well concealed here. This is different but not terribly so when compared to the regular IRS. The coffee-ness here does not quite stack up with local favorites Speedway and Victory at Sea, but I can appreciate that Stone did not go overboard here. (11, 781)

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