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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 17/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
From tap. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and light vegetables. Thick malty, herbal and dense dark coffee. Bitter and dry roasted malty finish. Smooth and lingering coffee malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34715) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
Bottled. A black beer with a dark broen head. The aroma has notes of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notez of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26211) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle at Ungstrup. Pitch black coloured with a small beige had. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, roasted bread and coffee. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee wth notes of licorice and hops. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25476) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild coffee, quite a bunch of liquorice and some mild tobacco. Flavour is much the same, in a quite balanced way. for once I would say ashes is kicking in nicely in the aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23732) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
,Bottled at PBF. Black with mid sized beige head. Aroma of bell pepper, coffee and jalapeno. Sweetish with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium-full body. Licorice and coffee, some syrup. Resiny bitterish finish. Surprisingly raw and unrefined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
6th July 2013
Black Country Beano. Outbound train tasting! Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Light soft and airy palate. Soft mellow dark malt, no real roast. Light malt cream. Pretty mellow espresso but does have a touch of coffee bitterness. Finishes soft. Light and easy drinking for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
bottle at home ... thanks to ben ...deep black ... thin tan head ... dark mellow chocolate roast ... lightest charcoal nose ... dark chocolate ... dark roast ... heavy dark roast ... mellow and smooth ... light dark chocolate ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Best before Dec 2016 (Swedish tag)
Black color with medium sized brown head. The coffee aroma seems to me pungent, and like coffee grounds; these guys should go to Italy and try an espresso there. Good body strength; the mouthfeel is relatively smooth; strong flavor of roasted malt and coffee, a bit abrasive, with moderate residual sweetness, quite strong bitterness; roasted nuts too.
Good beer, well brewed, although I don’t think coffee has a place in beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Pt. 1. Pours black with a tight, creamy beige cap. Loads of well roasted malts and deep espresso in the aroma. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with lots of ashy roast, burnt chocolate, bitter espresso coffee. Full bodied with fine to average, creamy carbonation. Dry baking cocoa finish with charred malts, ash, punchy espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Very rich and full on with the espresso.

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