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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (4704) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2014 Release. Black and slick, dark roast malts smack you in the face. Deep and rich, an immersive experience, one of the best out here....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours a nice black color. Espresso bean, chocolate, roasted malt on the nose; all follow onto the palate. As it warms, the espresso really comes through nicely. If you like coffee, youll like this beer. Lots of big coffee flavor on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
2013 Brew on tap at The Noble Fir (Ballard, Seattle). Waited to try this and glad I did. GODSDAMN this is a beast. Stone RIS used to be one of my top brews on the planet, and they truly accentuated it by adding the espresso. Nose is full on creamy espresso, roast, sweet dark malts, and hints of booze. Flavors are full on and incredible in every direction. Coffee, espresso, cream, chocolate, bitter hops, toast, burnt breakfast, and more, all lingering through a boozey finish. GET IT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of espresso notes with nice dry floral notes and no astringency. Taste is also dominated by espresso notes with no astringency and dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Black chocolate notes are also very enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable coffee stout from a brewer that rarely disappoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2464) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. 11%. Best before 12.16. Pours black with a dark tan head. Great lacing. Sweet and roasted aroma, with a note of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Hops in the background. Light alcohol and bread notes as it warms. Flavour is bitter and roasted with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Hints of chocolate and liquorice as it warms. Bitter finish, a bit tart, with a coffee note, lingering alcohol burn and a light grassy note. Soft palate. Overall quite good; well-balanced. 18.04.14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmbumb (8) - san jose, California, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
Nice black and tan head. Satisfying bouquet.... Very complex flavors... Chocolate, maple and brown sugar, molasses, candied cherries and vanilla. Surprisingly easy to drink for the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnielsen13 (264) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasty malts and very sweet. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
Light retention and light lacing. Smells of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, molasses and coffee. Long coffee aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (3084) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Nice RIS aroma, but no coffee aroma which you would expect in an RIS. This is more a RIS than a coffee stout or java stout. very thick on the tongue. Mild sweetness but a bitter finish which makes you think of an espresso. Its a nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrokerDon (1) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
I just picked up 5 liters of this on draft in growlers and its gotta be my favorite beer of all time. Flavors so complex and THICK that you can smell the espresso and carmel on your hands! Pours with a spectacular head and very drinkable for a coffee beer... Even people who don like beer love it!

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