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RATINGS: 574   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2792) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle @ tasting, courtesy of me. Thnx to bytemesis for shipping me this beauty. Pours a pitch black beer with a quickly disappearing, small beige head on top. Aroma has massive espresso, licorice and burnt coffee. Also some faint caramel in there. Flavor has a nice bitter touch from the coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts sweetness. Very smooth drinking experience, but the espresso could be more evident in the flavor, but still one hell of an awesome beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2365) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Really like the original version of this beer. I find the coffee taking over a bit too much and hiding some of the nice hops. Theres also a somewhat strange and not that pleasant spiciness to it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by MrHangover. Opaque black color, nice brown head. Smell and taste malts, roastyness, bitter. Oh lovely beer. Lots of espresso and chocolate. Full body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (5740) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with mrhangover, thanks. thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lots of coffee. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge coffee, both sweet and bitter, roast, liquorice, molasses, caramel, etc, etc. Flavour is quite bitter, huge coffee, roast, liquorice, mocca, etc etc. Awesome. LRAB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2263) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours heavy black. Lots of chocolate, coffee and rosted malt. Big bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Awesome. Strong roasted aroma with coffee. Very black with a thin tan head. It looks rich. Smooth, weighty and full palate. Decent carbonation but not too much. The espresso is a good compliment and doesnít overpower the richness of an already great beer. Rich dark malts with a balanced hop bitterness. Alcohol is there but well-hidden. Remarkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1835) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 5/12/13. Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of coffee, roast, espresso, caramel, bitter chocolate. Tasting notes of big espresso, roast, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, coffee bitterness. Full body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours a pitch black body with a frothy tight bubbled dark brown head that had nice retention and lingered like the head of an actual espresso. Pretty great nose, lots of rich dark toast coffee and roasted malt. Smells very intense, almost more like an espresso than a beer. The flavor has just the right intensity of coffee, itís head to head and neither had the upper hand. A little bit of chocolate and burnt caramel on the finish along with a fairly noticeable alcohol kick. Thick and chewy body with just a little clinginess and soft fizzy carbonation. Rather warming on the finish from the alcohol. Pretty nice beer, I like this considerably more than the regular version.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2014
22oz bomber pours a dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt and coffee taste.


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