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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chribban (188) - - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden. A clear, dark brown, almoust black beer. One finger high head with a beigebrown colour. Nose: Roasted malt, espresso coffee, cream, dark bread, vanilla icecream, dark chocolate, dried fruit and vanille. Taste: Espresso, roasted malt, licorice, hops and oak. A creamy mouthfeel with a soft texture. The alcohol is well hidden. A great sweetness from the malt that is balanced of the bitternes from the coffee. GREAT imperial stout! - Go get it!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simont1 (281) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
Aroma of rich roast and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet, with a nice earthy coffee & milk chocolate, bundled with an evened out roast and a mellowed out licorice feel to it. Great mouthfeel, remember this as much better mouthfeel than the normal Stone IRS.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (628) - Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Aroma of bitter coffee. Super dark, tan head. Smooth palate w/ bitter finish. Taste pretty good. Great stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (280) - GREECE - OCT 31, 2014
650 ml bottle bought from Systembolaget, shared at home. Black with medium beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with light notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter same as the aroma with coffee and chocolate. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1384) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Color black with small head. Aroma roasted, malt, herbal. Taste malt, wood, some coffee, roasted.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (609) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. I can't believe how smooth this is for 11%! Lots of chocolate and coffee. Maybe some dark fruit. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (743) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is all coffee. Taste is mix of coffee and chocolate, pretty rich. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2326) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Pours a deep silky burnt umber color with a two fingers of khaki foam. Nice blend of earthy coffee mixed with creamy cocoa. Nuances of anise, burnt wood, roasted coffee, tar, vanilla, caramel and a long smooth finish. Great balance of roast, bitterness and sweetness !

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1581) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Pour is deep black with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dark espresso, coffee, roasted malt, light chocolate, and bitterness. Finish is roasted coffee and not much else.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - SEP 13, 2014
Transfer on BA review on 6-1-13- Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black brew with a small tan colored head. The head faded rather fast leaving a lighter level of lace. Upon swirling the beer, fingers of a brown molasses color cling to the glass, slowly making their way back to the body of the liquid. Smell- The smell is big of chocolate and espresso. A semi sweet chocolate smell with hints of vanilla and brown sugar create a nice balance to the more bitter coffee and espresso aromas of the brew. Overall it is big and roasty. Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with lots of semi-sweet chocolate up front. With the chocolate comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of caramel. The chocolate begins to take on a slightly more bitter flavor more toward the middle of the taste with flavors of coffee coming to the tongue. The coffee gets stronger as the taste advances and mixes with a light oak flavor at the very end. Along with the increase in coffee and oak so too comes the alcohol flavor producing, when mixed with the rest, a nice warming and roasty flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both match the grandness of the big and dark flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper. Overall – Big, roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans with a nice warming alcohol taste- that is how I would describe this one in a few words. Quit a nice imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6981) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle, shared with GCDP. Viscous near black. Aroma is chocolate dominated, with husky thick malty undertones, and finally, coffee. The palate opens with rich chocolate, but then the rich espresso quickly moves in, slightly vegetal, some vanilla and bread crusts too. Finish is assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky. The ABV is well hidden. An amazing beer.


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