Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

 
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100
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Pours black with brown head. Aromas of espresso, roasted malts, chocolate and licorice. Big roasty flavor with bittersweet chcolate and lots of coffee. Full body with minimal carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. A nice treatment of a great base beer.

4
harrisoni (18573) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle on the train to Wolverhampton. Black beer thick dark beige. Big coffee. Stone is good. Lovely mouthfeel. Good intenae flavours good beer.

4.2
StoutDr (48) - Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Aroma Coffee, coffee, kofi. Pours coffe dark with medium tan head. Carbonation medium to high. Mothfeel is medium to full. Flavors of coffee, molasses, vanilla. Outstanding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

4.1
jrodooo5 (1672) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Awesome black pour w/ a huge mocha head that slowly fades into lacing. The aroma is a nice pleasant blend of roastiness & chocolate. The taste follows suit. Delicious chocolate taste w/ a hint of roast. Outstanding stout!

4
BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bomber. Very dark brown pour, good density, thick head. Lots of roast espresso on the nose and taste. Smooth slick palate.

3.9
mbgrayson (771) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours super dark, almost black, with a brownish-tan head. Aroma of licorice and coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, with strong notes of malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate. Very complex, yet still reasonably smooth. A very good imperial stout, thumbs way up.

4.2
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bomber. So I have been a little slow in getting around to finding my very own sample of this one, but it was well worth the effort. It pours a deep brown with a fairly large head and aromas of charcoal, peat, chocolate and burnt coffee. Seems like the second glass of the bomber is far more burnt than the first. Flavor is a darn fine mix of the above... A wonderful peat and dark chocolate drive to the beer with a nice creamy feel and alcohol burn on the way down. While it is technically July in St. Louis right now, it is a cool start to the month and this is about right for the moment. If I were ambitious and smart, I would go back, buy a few bottles and store them, coz I bet this would be amazing during those first October frosts...

4.2
thornecb (5907) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Espresso and chocolate aromas. Thick with espresso and chocolate front to back and into the lasting hot chocolate finish.

4
phaleslu (10246) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Everything’s D’Vine. Pours a deep, opaque coffee brown, near black, with an inch-plus of frothy dark beige head. The aroma is very coffee-forward, with the espresso layered above dark chocolate, roasted malts, and earthy tones. The same can be said for the flavor, which has only minor hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel that becomes increasingly roasty through the finish and into the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation. I prefer other versions of the IRS, including the base, but this is a good coffee imperial stout.

4.1
AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bomber from Rayans, shared with ck1 and my other brother. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has coffee, roast, caramel & chocolate. Luscious! Taste is of sweet caramel, bakers chocolate with a lotta roast and bitter espresso. Medium to full bodied. Finished bitter and quite long. Tasty and thick. Could age a little ... ck1 says 16, and he isn’t the Stone pushover I am.


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