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RATINGS: 585   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 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.


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5696) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (832) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (3319) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tide (2057) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, coffee on nose, chocolatey vanilla coffee taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ImperialStefan (22) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Aroma: Coffee, Raisins, Rum, Vanilla. Appearance: Pitch black, tan head. Taste: Well balanced sweetness rounded off by a decent hop bitterness. Very nice. Could maybe have toned down the hops a smidgins?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, vanilla, green peppercorn. Medium-full bodied, slightly roasty bitter on the palate. Taste is coffee, green peppercorn, roasted grain.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopbag (132) - - JAN 25, 2015
22oz bottle from the cellar. Complex, not too sweet, well blended coffee. Stiff brown head despite the motor oil pour. Good bitterness level with no notable astringency from the espresso. No complaints, just a really nice stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2015
22oz bottle. Pours a deep midnight black color with a creamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight char, and caramel. The coffee has a big presence in the flavor along with lots more milk chocolate, along with caramel and some toffee balanced out by a fairly stout coffee bitterness. A little hint of alcohol becomes present towards the finish. Silky smooth medium mouthfeel and a sticky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1168) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Bottled. Pitch black beer, minimal head is vanishing. Strong aroma: coffee beans, roasted grains, a hint of smoke and dried plums, some creamy caramel and syrup. Heavy maltiness, liquid bread, salty licorice, dark chocolate and a hint of burnt sugar. Resinous bitterness hits in the finish. Full body, thick syrupy texture. Delicious.


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