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RATINGS: 565   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 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.


4.4
   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 (172) - 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 (2334) - 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 (317) - 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 isn’t terribly heavy bodied for what it is. Wish it had a bit more flavor but still nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Very good IRS with an amazingly rich chocolate espresso flavor. I have to admit that this is even better then the original Stone IRS. Very crisp and easy to drink for such a high ABV. Excellent!!!!!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bomber, huge espresso nose, taste is thin and coffee, molasses and soy sauce, I wish these we’re roasty oh wel

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Shared at Andy’s house post Big Barrel Tararell. Red-black body. Quite an excellent coffee stout. Rich and sweet. Brown sugar, coffee, chocolate. Classic, well executed beer. Excellent. Nails it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1391) - 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 (307) - 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 (2162) - 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.


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