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RATINGS: 590   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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a two finger khaki color. Iím quite impressed with how well the head retains itself given its gravity, though there isnít significant lacing left on the glass. S: Well, itís certainly a coffee bomb, thatís for sure. I notice a bit of licorice and chocolate in a (vain) attempt to balance the big coffee, as well. Meh, who cares - I love coffee, so I love the aroma. T: Just like regular Stone IRS, thereís a lot of licorice flavors to open this one up. The coffee explodes after the midtaste - and itís my favorite feature of the brew. Itís not really balanced though, because of how the coffee and licorice notes dominate everything. Nor is any real complexity is to be found. Ah well, I enjoy the coffee character, at least. M: I like that the finish is mildly dry, because I find the regular IRS too hard to drink (even compared with other big imperial stouts). Given the ABV, itís pretty easy to down, but I think thereís too much generic licorice sweetness that gets in the way of things. O: Looking back at my review archive, I canít believe I gave the regular IRS a 4. Because of that, I donít blame Stone for adding a shitload of coffee to a (in my opinion) blah RIS. As a coffee stout, though, it doesnít compare with FBS or Wake-N-Bake. However, itís still pretty good at the end of the day - but Iím not sure where all the high reviews are coming from. At least itís better than Oak-Smoked Old Guardian, right? ...right?


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
On tap at decicco-brewster. Great mouthfeel. Lovely chocolate. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3590) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2015
2 finger espresso head that fades pretty fast. Itís almost pitch black, amber/red edges. Well, as the name suggests, this is a very espresso forward aroma with bits of sweetened chocolate. Taste is nice. Crisp and full of chocolate chips, not too sweet, Some cheap candies, more chocolate than I can really handle. Finish is bitter, more lingering hop, some cookie dough. really interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (6521) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, coffee on nose, chocolatey vanilla coffee taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (19376) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (369) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a little booze, licorice. Appearance is black, pours thick, light brown head. Taste is coffee, coffee, roasted malt, booze, touch of chocolate, aftertaste is overwhelmingly espresso. Mouthfeel is great, thick, viscous, perfect carbonation. Overall, Iím a sucker for coffee beer and this did not disappoint.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2015
Can at Drunken Driverís Tasting @ tderoeckís place. Thanks guys. Dark brown ,almost black with a nice brown head. Lots of chocolate, espresso, some soy sauce. Taste is more chocolate, espresso. It has 11 ABV but no alcohol noticeable. Boy this is awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tide (2238) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle from Brewdog online shop. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, espresso, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, nuts and a bit of hops. Bitter finish with espresso, roasted malts, vanilla and nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2015
22oz bottle enjoyed while organizing my cellar. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla and a nice sweetness. Taste is great rich malts chocolate espresso roast and a nice mellow end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
5/III/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Drunken Driverís tasting (home) - BB: n/a, bottled: III/14/13 (2015-269) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep purple brown beer, creamy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: coffee, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha, bit sweet, very roasted, coffee. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee, some alcohol. Aftertaste: coffee, mocha, caramel, nice roast, little sour. A lot of coffee for me, but very decent beer indeed!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a nice medium black with a dark khaki head and a couple spots of lace left on the glass. The aroma is heavily dominated by the espresso. There is a good roast and some dark fruits present but the coffee aroma takes it. There is a little booze, but it's hidden for the most part. The flavor is pretty good. There is quite a bit going on. The dark fruits and light licorice start, then the espresso comes in and kicks ass. It's an overpowering coffee flavor that's really good and powerful. The booze character kind of remains present throughout the entirety. The mouth feel is good and viscous with a light carbonation that helps the viscosity. The aftertaste is all lingering roasty dominating espresso. A tough dry and really good. Solid solid brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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