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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Black and rich. Thick and satisfying. Coffee and chocolate and bitterness all swirled together.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very thick and full bodied. Flavor is strong coffee but it goes down so smoothly. Awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
A very smooth beer. Has a little bit of an alcohol taste but nothing bad. The espresso is more subtle than I was expecting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1881) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours oily black with a quickly diminishing head of dark tan cream. Aroma is dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Smooth and very attractive. Flavors are very well blended and highlight the coffee nicely. Thick smooth body with just enough carbonation. Iím not noticing the alcohol except by the effects. Very good, but not unique enough to push it over the top for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
From notes: Bomber bottle, aged about 6 months. Poured opaque ink-black with a 1-finger, thin caramel-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is roasty with dark roasted coffee noted mixed in. Full-bodied and viscous, with a light boozy astringency in the finish. Deep, roasty coffee flavor with a mild bitterness at the back that lingers nicely in the finish. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mpuntmuts (137) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
Awesome black pour with large mocha head. Huge coffee aroma with bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with something vanilla like. Full creamy body with perfect carbonation. Fantastic Imperial Russian. From trade with Jimsal27, thanks again Jimmy. Highly enjoyed this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Sampled in a bottle that I had aged for around six months. A really awesome creamy coffee stout. So nicely balanced. The color is great looking, deep brown with a thin lacey head. Such a quality brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (165) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Opaque black, thin pecan head fading quickly. Smells of plum, coffee and smoke. Tastes of dried plums, licorice, coffee. Carbonation a bit high, palate smooth and rich. Finish is bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Good beer but not as good as Id hoped. Pour is black with offwhite head. Aroma is heavy coffee and rich dark malts. Taste is lacking with a bit of a watered down oaty coffee. Not too sweet but needs heavier roast and more flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bellco33 (286) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee heavy with roasted malt. Taste is lots of coffee, roasted malt, a little bitter on the back end which is pleasant. Not at all sweet. Interesting, not boozy for the alcohol content, but isnít terribly heavy bodied for what it is. Wish it had a bit more flavor but still nice.


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