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RATINGS: 573   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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1323) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1037) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (933) - 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)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a black coffee, that thins out to a caramel brown. Thin to medium caramel-oat head, leaving thinner lacing. Nose is of brewed espresso, brown sugar, vanilla, and oat. Taste starts with caramel malts, and blooms strongly into coffee, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Finish is of lightly sweetened, medium roast coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and velvety. Light lingering stickiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_MedievAle (197) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2013
Poured into mug out of bomber. Aroma: soy, some charred coffee. Appearance: Dark, but translucent, brown. Aerated khaki head. Taste: Soy, vanilla, warm-leather against a soft background of charred coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate: chewy, with a syrupy residue.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with espresso head, not lacing but pretty thick pouring. Aroma brings notes of nice green coffee bean, chocolate, roast, hints of nice vanilla, hints of almond, walnut, touch of nice dark cocoa, delicious smelling with a hint of hops even in there. Taste is a mix of nice espresso, dark chocolate, mixing right into some nice dark chocolate covered cherry, touch of nice plum, going into some more espresso, coffee bean, finishing bitter, roasted. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redisant (3) - Oakville, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2013 does not count
Odd year they say. Well I'll keep my eye out for odd years from now on. Th pour has a robust head. The aroma is strong malt and chocolate. More bitter that I expected and the espresso flavor is and undertone. Overall a very drinkable imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popway (58) - California, USA - APR 17, 2013
Suprisingly, this idea works for the stout-hearted lad I am. Throughout, the combination works in a mellow way. No bitter aftertaste. Smooth finish, but no sensational ligering residue. Gold head has legs. Color is a maple syrup amber. Aroma is a sugary espresso. Coffee is present on the paleate, but not overdone, it’s masked and mellow in a good way. I’m glad they came up with this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GIJOE (688) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 17, 2013
More of the same awesomeness of the straight Russian Imperial by Stone, but thicker, with a pronounced rich espresso blast! Excellent! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (653) - California, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle from Adam’s in Redondo Beach. Dark brown pour. Medium thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, black licorice, alcohol and purple grape skins. Flavor is alcohol, prunes, and roasted malts. Finish is a great espresso flavor. For me the finish was the highlight of the beer. The level of carbonation is low and the body is not too thick for an imperial stout.


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