Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 604   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4708) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of rich coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and leather.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. The look is black in color, dark, with an ok tan head. The smell is coffee, roast, malts, really nice, dark chocolate, and rich. The taste is roast, malt, roast, really super coffee, chocolate, and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Black pour, good head, aroma of roasted malt, with dark chocolate had coffee notes. Flavor is intense with deep roasted malt, then dark chocolate, and not as much coffee as I would have expected. Everything lingers long after the finish. A big brew, and I guess my palate has been on vacation too long because it just doesnt work for me. Tastes over the top to me now, although Im sure this is put together well for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle Poured into a snifter. used oil black pour with a nice dark brown syrupy head. Tastes sweet up front with a nice dark roasted malty body that finishes a nice full coffee finish. More mellow than the regular version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dpaquet (420) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours is black with little beige head and no lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted, vegetal. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted, green peppers. Full body and low carb. not bad but not something i would buy again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Larry, dark black pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee beans. Taste is espresso with light chocolate, hop bitter comes through nicely, solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of coffee, toasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor is strong coffee up front with more toasted malt and chocolate notes in the middle followed by a strong coffee and chocolate finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (1208) - Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans - pours pitch black with a finger of dark chocolate head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is smokey charcoal, in a good way. Overall, very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdrinker79 (2174) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is strong in roasted espresso beans, nice creamy gourmet coffee, and that is the dominant aroma, dark roasted malts are there too. Taste is the same, nice coffee taste, tobacco, followed by a chocolatey leathery taste in the finish. Body is huge and carbonation is medium. I really liked this, so much more complex than just your average coffee stout, there is a lot going on in this, I can not wait to see how this ages.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaips1 (75) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a West 6th can glass. The aroma isnt not as string as I was expecting, I get some "espresso" but only as it starts to warm per expected. Appearance is spot on what you would expect, black void with a tan head. Flavors of astringency but in a subtle way not a full abrasive bite, Im sure this is coming from the espresso because the regular doesnt have this particular taste. Palate is typical IRS for them, not quit thick enough but not watery enough to be a fault. Overall not as impressed as I have been about previous years of the standard IRS.

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