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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Notes from 8/1/2013 Poured from a 22 oz bomber bought at BevMo in Phoenix, AZ today, excited to try this one since I love Stoneís IRS! It says it had several hundred pounds of coffee beans from Ryan Brotherís Coffee added to it. A - Jet black, medium brown/dark khaki head that starts off at 1 finger and dissipates down to a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer. S - chocolate, vanilla, cream, hints of roasted/chocolate malt, tiny bit of dark fruits/fig newton smell there too T - More of a roasted coffee bean flavor upfront with some chocolate, vanilla and creamy flavors. The espresso is definitely there, but more like a hint of it rather than just straight coffee flavor. M - creamy, heavy beer, abv REALLY well hidden, as far as beers go, if youíve never had one like this, itís like a perfectly mixed mudslide. O - This beer is amazing. The ABV is just slightly higher than the standard RIS at 11% (compared to 10.6), and the flavor is a little more complex/chocolate-coffee oriented. It says on the side of the bottle to buy a case and try one every 4-6 months to see how it ages. Iím definitely gonna do it and see what happens...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3283) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2014 Release. Black and slick, dark roast malts smack you in the face. Deep and rich, an immersive experience, one of the best out here....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours a nice black color. Espresso bean, chocolate, roasted malt on the nose; all follow onto the palate. As it warms, the espresso really comes through nicely. If you like coffee, youíll like this beer. Lots of big coffee flavor on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
2013 Brew on tap at The Noble Fir (Ballard, Seattle). Waited to try this and glad I did. GODSDAMN this is a beast. Stone RIS used to be one of my top brews on the planet, and they truly accentuated it by adding the espresso. Nose is full on creamy espresso, roast, sweet dark malts, and hints of booze. Flavors are full on and incredible in every direction. Coffee, espresso, cream, chocolate, bitter hops, toast, burnt breakfast, and more, all lingering through a boozey finish. GET IT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5464) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of espresso notes with nice dry floral notes and no astringency. Taste is also dominated by espresso notes with no astringency and dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Black chocolate notes are also very enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable coffee stout from a brewer that rarely disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2199) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. 11%. Best before 12.16. Pours black with a dark tan head. Great lacing. Sweet and roasted aroma, with a note of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Hops in the background. Light alcohol and bread notes as it warms. Flavour is bitter and roasted with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Hints of chocolate and liquorice as it warms. Bitter finish, a bit tart, with a coffee note, lingering alcohol burn and a light grassy note. Soft palate. Overall quite good; well-balanced. 18.04.14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmbumb (8) - san jose, California, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
Nice black and tan head. Satisfying bouquet.... Very complex flavors... Chocolate, maple and brown sugar, molasses, candied cherries and vanilla. Surprisingly easy to drink for the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnielsen13 (259) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasty malts and very sweet. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maddmatt639 (330) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
Light retention and light lacing. Smells of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, molasses and coffee. Long coffee aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2743) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Nice RIS aroma, but no coffee aroma which you would expect in an RIS. This is more a RIS than a coffee stout or java stout. very thick on the tongue. Mild sweetness but a bitter finish which makes you think of an espresso. Its a nice beer.

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