Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

 
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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRH (63) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Dark & black with a rich chocolatey tan head, this beer looks as deep, dark, & delicious as it is! Aromas of strong coffee, with dark chocolate, subtle smoke, sweet roasted meats, molasses, & a hint of wood; palate adds some milky sweetness, dark brown sugar, & spice; long rich bitter finish with lingering grassy hop & hints of vanilla. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7906) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Split a 22oz bottle among friends. Poured a deep dark rich motor oil color color with a lasting tan head. Aromas were mostly coffee aromatics, plenty of roasted malts. Flavor retains a lot of the base imperial stout notes, roasted malts, chocolate notes, but the coffee is certainly there. Plenty of bittersweet notes, nice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (2157) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pours black. Only in small quantities can I pick out any color, just a deep brown. Looks fairly thick. Puts some nice stain on the walls of the glass. Small brown head. Dense and foamy. Little lacing, and it fades to nothing after a couple minutes. Aroma is huge on coffee. Its a rich, balanced coffee flavor with coffee fruitiness, roast and chocolate. Very nice. Solid backbone of caramel malt, sticky molasses. Lots of roasted malt character in addition to the coffee, though its hard to pick out whats what. Theres also a healthy dose of dark chocolate and some milk/lactose flavor - no idea if thats actually used. Vanilla, leather and blackberries bounce around and add. The taste is similar but adds in some pine resin hoppiness, licorice and mild smoke. Again, its aggressively coffee-forward. Big molasses, lots of sweetness to round out the harsher flavors. Hard to pick out that lacto note, but the vanilla comes through clearer. Lots of roast. Tons of flavor. Finishes fairly bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is creamy. Picks up a little harshness in the finish, but its a thick, luxurious stout. Very full. You really feel the weight of each sip. This is a winner from Stone, particularly after the disappointment of the Belgo Anise version. Theres a bit more coffee than I actually want, but its a delicious coffee flavor, and I only really complain because the underlying stout flavors are so nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (6370) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
22 oz. bomber. It pours jet black with a nice lasting brown head. The aroma is great with lots of strong coffee but balanced with some sweet chocolate and graham cracker maltiness. The flavor is simply outstanding with everything in good balance. The coffee notes compliment the sweet smores like malts really well, not overpowering the rest of the beer. The body is very soft and velvety on the palate. Nicely carbonated to accentuate the flavors. Very thick and full bodied. Im not getting any hops here. Even the finish is very roasted and coffee like, but not bitter. Im going to pick up a few more of these.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with a creamy brownish head. Aroma is fresh roast coffee and cocoa. Taste is coffee, nuts, chocolate powder, and a light hop kick. Nice velvety mouth feel with a bitter coffee finish. Great

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (8183) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2013
22oz bottle pours a predictably viscous, oily black with some spitty, brown head. Nose pops with fresh coffee grounds, malt, licorice, burnt toast, light dark chocolate, some soap. Flavor is malty, bitter, that dark roasted coffee bitterness with a touch of dish soap, dark chocolate, burnt toast, slightly vegetal. Full, dry finish. I thought the coffee paired perfectly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle for $7. This one had to warm up a bit before it really delivered on all the flavors it promised. Aroma was roasted but not smokey, coffee beans. Appearance was a moderately syrupy black with a tan residue that stuck around on top for quite a while. The taste offers coffee grinds, dark and botter chocolate and alcohol warmth. Palate is smooth, thick, and all the more quaffable as it moves toward room temperature. Overall, its a highly drinakable coffee-imperial stout that you can enjoy, as opposed to work on, albeit at a slow pace. Plus, its a steal at $7.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
651mL. Darker pour, deep cola to near black. Larger brown latte foam. Good formation, sort of detergent like dwindling foam. Webby lace. Not as dense or rocky as expected. Nose has a hefty dose of detergent soap at first, then a decent amount of green coffee/green bell pepper. Taste is pretty good- mild warming alcohol, cinnamon graham cracker, vanilla, small liquor like Wild Turkey. Finishes dry, fairy bitter. Hints of lemon acid. Alcohol evident.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1196) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 2, 2013
This is like eating a dark chocolate almond and a dark chocolate coffee bean together. No, it smells like roasting coffee. No, Kristen, it doesnt. Good quality ones too, none of that fake shit that be frontin. First beer of the night future self who thinks I must have been drunk when rating this. A little bit of messy fruity esters, but not much. Its pretty well covered up at least. No way, none of that. This beer tastes like a really punk rock coffee! Like a coffee you met in a really dirty dive bar and watched your favorite movie with while getting plastered. Fucking hipsters. More caramel for the pancakes is comin, but also more garbage can. so punk rock it doesnt even care about garbage. tastes kinda boozy at the bottom of the glass, like yall got cheep and started ordering really shitty shots. Cheep like a bird? Cheep cheep cheep. Alright, hipster got a point. It is kinda earthwormy. But its in a good way. Obviously. As if earthwormy could be anything else.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle from Market Square. Black pour with a thin creamy brown colored head. Thick, rich cocoa powder, dry roasted malt, slightly sweet espresso with a subtle hop character. Rich chocolate on the front of the tongue, roasted malts, licorice and stovetop espresso. Thick mouthfeel with a solid hoppy finish. Good fucking stuff.


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