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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 599   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4065) - 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 (6245) - 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 (1096) - 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 (10484) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3951) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2910) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14103) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (9002) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4200) - 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.

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