Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

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RATINGS: 603   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 youll 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 its production...youll 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 couldnt 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3731) - Srumsand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
Sort med lys brunt tynt skum. Espresso, vanilje og mrke trker br. Bitter kaffe og litt salt smak. Kjenner en del kullsyre i denne imp. stouten. Lang salt og bitter ettersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arsol (1102) - NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
Svart med beige skum. Lukter mrkbrent kaffe og svisker. Esprosso kommer godt fram i smak og det er mye kullsyre til en stout vre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
The aroma is (of course) dominated by roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and licorice. Its a good beer overall, but its got some way to go to the top. Bought at Systembolaget about 6 months ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Growler from State Line Liquor. Pours an almost pitch black with khaki colored head. Aroma is strong roasted malt and coffee. Taste follows the nose with a strong bitterness. I find it difficult to differentiate between the Imperial Russian Stouts due to the subtleties as compared to Imperial IPAs but this beer is solid. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. I would definitely purchase this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at Iron Monkey Jersey City. Pours near black. Medium roasted malts, sweet coffee, hints of dark fruits, light boozy notes, and medium malty sweetness. Pretty good; not overly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3641) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
Flaska frn SB ca ett halvr gammal. Stor kropp, krv doft och smak med mycket kaffe. Stora krva smaker av hrdrostat kaffe, mrk choklad, men ocks viss stma som rundar av smakerna och en lite rtigare grn kaffesmak. Som att dricka krv espresso. Maffigt och riktigt gott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is black with dark caramel head. The nose has a strong roasted coffee up front, touch of anise, slight dark malt and caramel. Taste is even more roasted coffee, notes of dark chocolate, roasted brown sugar and caramel with some faint berry sweetness in back. Body is thick and viscous, strong carbonation to balance, sticky and chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Pours black with a tan/orange expresso head. Aroma of coffee coffee and more coffee. Taste of roast nutty malt and oh yeah expresso. But wonderfully smooth without any of the bitterness you see with so many coffee/expresso stouts these days. Terrific stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
pours black with thin brownish head smells of toast malt, coffee beans starts of sweet then balances out with a roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavor. light body light carbonation Amazing stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dense black with a small brown head. Aroma has mainly coffee up front, some light chocolate and sweet notes of licorice and caramel. Taste is light sweet with coffee dominating, some chocolate bitterness finishing. Medium smooth body.

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