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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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrokerDon (1) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
I just picked up 5 liters of this on draft in growlers and its gotta be my favorite beer of all time. Flavors so complex and THICK that you can smell the espresso and carmel on your hands! Pours with a spectacular head and very drinkable for a coffee beer... Even people who don’ like beer love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewHaMeister (363) - - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Thanks to Bytemesis! Bomber pours black with a tan thick head. Very tasty beer. Wish I had more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 2013 vintage bottle from Harlem, NYC. Black with almost no foam. Aroma is very mild coffee and some vanilla; smells great. Taste is bitter roasted coffee which just keeps coming - way too much. There’s pretty much nothing else in the mix here!? Definitely don’t love this beer. Finish is yuck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (870) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
This beer is rich black with thin creamy head. It has a chocolate aroma. It has a full rich powerful flavor if coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haukur (1531) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
Pitch black and looks thick! All mocha and espresso in the aroma. Coffee completly dominates with espresso with loads of roast. Full bodied. Nice but the coffee is a bit too extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Side by side with the Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout, and it wasn’t a fair comparison--this is clearly better, owing to the imperial treatment. Thick and rich, with a good bean dimension. Fine stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours a very dark brown, but not nearly pitch black with a half finger dark tan head. Head retention is surprisingly good considering the strength and lacing is excellent. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate up front with some lightly roasted coffee. This has about a year of age on it so I’m not sure what effect this has had on the nose. Notes of dark caramel and roasted malt as well. More coffee is present in the flavor along with lots more milk chocolate. Strands of cooked caramel and some toffee balanced out by a fairly stout bitterness. A little hint of alcohol becomes present towards the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel and a pretty sticky finish. Overall, a very impressive imperial stout and another home run from Stone. I would like to try this fresh sometime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5524) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Bomber from SB cons 2014-03-08 Göteborg AR: chocolate pudding, wee coffee, truffle souse AP: oily black, wee beige brown head fizzy F: chocolate pudding, strong mocca, rich in carbonation, over average bitternees, truffle bits and pieces, cacao nibbles, full - full bodied wee oily feeling, finishes chocolate pudding and heavy mocca (pretty odd combo but it works, hope I don’t to have to stay up all night vs the 5 cups coffee per bomber)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1095) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
At my place with Taylor. roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, finish is full and flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10310) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle offered @ home, via rotbox. I’ve been pulling this out of the cellar rotbox many a nights in the past three months and never pulled the trigger. Tonight was the night for finally executing this sumbitch. Complete black appearance with a pretty nice dark brown head. Aroma has a very sweet, roasted chocolate tint to it. Some coffee, but actually, vanilla comes through even a bit more strongly. Soft mouth feel and smooth finish. Actually kind of has a mouth feel like an Oatmeal Stout. A touch smoky, mostly roasted chocolatey flavor with maybe a touch of caramel. Super easy to drink. Again, vanilla is pretty prevalent. Oh, whoops. There’s espresso in the name? Smooth lingering espresso finish. Great beer that I would love to drink again.

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