Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

Serve in Snifter


on tap

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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1845) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22 oz. bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange, Greenville, SC (bottled March 28, 2013). Thick dark brown to nearly black pour with a rich brown head. Delicious aroma of roasted espresso and dark chocolate with light floral hops that sneak up from the back. Wonderful coffee flavor with rich mocha and light smoke that leave a slight lingering bitterness on the palate. The richness and mouthfeel are absolutely perfect. This is my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (6134) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of strong black coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is espressoish, roasted malt, and a good warmth. Full body with good carbonation. Sweet middle with a very nice bitter finish. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2438) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dense black color with a small khaki head that soon recedes to a ring. The aroma is strong with coffee, coffee grounds and sweetened coffee. The flavor is more of the same, like the nose, there is ample coffee, mocha, espresso and some bitter walnuts for good measure. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering coffee beans. Overall: First rate coffee stout--compares favorably to speedway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and lesser bits of smoke and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malt, espresso, alcohol, caramel, and chocolate. Creamy, fairly heavy body, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
On tap at Stone Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter coffee with some chocolate sweetness and licorice in there. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwa5879 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Deuce from Megabev, Portage, MI. Stored and enjoyed at room temperature. Dark mahogany brown to black pour with a few inches of carmel colored head. Aromas of warm dark cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, sweet cola syrup, some woodsy smokiness. Mild carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, clean finish. Left my tongue a bit numb. Great rich chocolate coffee-ful malty taste. Bitter dark roast coffee with just a slight acidity. Roasted malt adds a perfect amount of sweetness with some woodsy smokiness. Cocoa flavor too, adding bitterness. Very good, very well balanced imperial stout. Maybe next time I will try to age it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
big black motor oil poor, very little head and a lots of carbonation. Lots of roasted malts and coffee/espresso on the nose. Wow big bold bitter tast wit a fair amount of carbonation followed by a nice wallop of coffee, cant notice the high ABV either. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Aroma of sweet roasty coffee and licorice. Pours black with a great blanket brown head. Taste is super roasty with great coffee notes. Its almost hard to tell which roast characteristics are actually from the coffee. Some brilliant vanilla bean notes at the finish. Superbly made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Chocolate syrup pour with a deep mocha head. Cocoa dipped Kona coffee beans, vanilla, roasted and even slightly charred marshmallow, and caramel round this one out. The 11% ABV is completely invisible. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (1102) - Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a deep black with a small khaki head that settles quickly and leaves good lacing. Dominate aroma of dark roasted coffee beans from the added espresso and the malt with hints of dark fruit. Taste of dark roasted coffee and molasses with some dark fruit like plums. Has a charred character mid palate that transitions to bakers chocolate. Finishes bittersweet and semi dry. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium/full body and medium carbonation. Excellent coffee stout that ranks up there with the best. Doesnt have the vegetal note that some coffee stouts can have and hides the higher ABV very well.

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