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RATINGS: 538   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Very nice coffee presence. Chocolatey, velvety. A bit of like, a cinnamon spice note from the coffee. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Similar to the regular Stone RIS, but heavy on the coffee up front, and bitter chocolate at the end. Very good beer, as always from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (1522) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
.65 bottle from SB. Big black, savory. Pretty much what you’d expect from a Stone RIS. Sweetness and full without being cloying. Big but drinkable. The coffee isn’t really the espress-bean- like I was expecting, but more of a stale/instant- coffee thing. Milk chocolate. Excellent body. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared with Jeevan, thanks to San Diego Steve. Jet black pour, thin tan head. Aromas all about the coffee, light roast malt in the background. Taste has more coffee and some dark chocolate and charcoal. Good body and bitterness. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Both on tap at Capones for their 2013 Black Friday event and a bottle to take home with me. Black with a dark brown head. Definitely more coffee in this one then the base beer, still lots of dark roasted and semi-burnt malts, only a slight hint of anise but some fruit tang that seemed out of place on the nose and lingered on the finish. Full body and mild+ carbonation, smooth and almost seemed lighter the base beer although I always prefer it with a bit of age on it so maybe have been more that then the espresso.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sunni05 (20) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
WOW!!! That's the one word that came to mind with the first sip. The nose is filled with the scent of dark, strong coffee setting the taste buds up for a treat. Definitely a full bodied taste just like an Imperial Russian Stout should be. Add in the flavor of a good strong cup of espresso along with some chocolate notes and violas...you have one of the best stouts ever. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Bomber from winooski beverage warehouse. Pitch black with small head. Small head retention. nose big coffee with licorice and molasses. Nice earthy and spicy coffee notes. Taste lots of coffee with bitter coffee notes and some dark chocolate. Molasses as well. Finish lots of coffee, rather bitter and slightly alcoholic. Mainly coffee. Slightly acidic. Very nice coffee profile. powerful coffee aromatics but not too much. That being said, it feels a bit unidimensional. Still pretty well balanced and fairly drinkable. Nice carbonation, A bit on the strong side but nothing too intense.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pentaz (892) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle @ Theis. Pours black with a good lacing and lasting tan small head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste is moderate+ sweet and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (326) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bomber bottle share 2013 odd year release. Aroma is a sweet, dark malt. Some coffee, as well. Appearance is black with a little tan head. Taste is espresso and dark malt that finishes sweeter. Palate is dry and espresso. Overall, a good take on a good beer. Would buy again and put more age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2358) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
Placeholder rating with just the numbers to get everything into the database before the end of 2013. Proper text should follow in the next 1-3 weeks.


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