Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Espresso

 
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style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 607   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 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (660) - - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden. A clear, dark brown, almoust black beer. One finger high head with a beigebrown colour. Nose: Roasted malt, espresso coffee, cream, dark bread, vanilla icecream, dark chocolate, dried fruit and vanille. Taste: Espresso, roasted malt, licorice, hops and oak. A creamy mouthfeel with a soft texture. The alcohol is well hidden. A great sweetness from the malt that is balanced of the bitternes from the coffee. GREAT imperial stout! - Go get it!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2591) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Draft at Aces. 2013 vintage. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, coffee. Flavor follows. Creamy, full mouthfeel with dark chocolate, dark coffee. This tastes fresh. Held up well!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (904) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours black with a light brown head. Slight green pepper nose, bitter coffee, chocolate. Slightly viscous mouthfeel, fudge. Mild sweetness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (4492) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
Sweet coffee, dark, intense roast, dark chocolate, pralines, dark, toasted malts. Dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. More intense coffee, chocolate, dark toasted malts, cacao, light alcohol, soft carbonation, full bodied. Superb Impy, great aroma and palate, very intense and rich. Keg at Stone Brewing, Berlin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dambor (620) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 28, 2017
2013 version on tap at Stone Berlin. Pours black with creamy head disappearing fast. Aroma: a clear espresso kick coupled with roasted malts and a little bit of pleasant coffee sourness. Taste: nice roasty taste with some coffee and a good bitter palate. The coffee is pretty dominating but it is a fantastic tasty RIS.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is smoky and ashy with a nice coffee note, some chocolate, some anise. Flavor is slightly sweet, good coffee, some bitterness, some anise. Full bodied and slick feel. Pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (808) - Linkping, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle @ home. Cellared for 3,5 years. Pours a black liquid with a tan to brown head. Aroma is richly roasted with coffee, licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate, red fruits, dark bread, dates. Some tobacco, resinous plums, pears/cognac and soy sauce in background. Body is big, carbonation low with a fantastic mouth feel that starts out with rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Together in a smooth but roasted palate that lasts for several seconds than nicely transcends into an increasing coffee and espresso sensation that lasts throughout the roasted aftertaste. Aftertaste also has slightly vinous dark fruits, dark syrup, ash and dark chocolate lingering

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (2145) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget, cellared for a year or two. Pitch black with tan head, leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, ground coffee, red berries, a bit of roast. Taste is similar with quite a bit of sweetness. Roasted, coffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1460) - Bled/SF, - NOV 19, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2017 From 0,65l bottle: pours black color, clear, with tiny unstable brown foamy head, which immediately transforms itself to a ring around the glass. Aroma: rich roasted and dark malts aroma, supoorted with note of coffee. Flavor: rich dark, roasted malts, which takes on gentle roasted, coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, supported with coffee note and dark fruits esters. Evident Stone RIS backbone, with dry, slighztly roasted-dry-bitter finish, thick body, smooth texture and low carbo. The fresh one would be much better. This beer is for sure not proper for aging.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OminouSC2 (612) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Pitch black. Roasted malt, bitter coffee. Bitter coffee, roasted coffee beans, espresso, blanced by a rich roasted malt base and chocolate tastes. Lingering bitter coffee finish. Awesome coffe based Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3563) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
On tap. Pours black with moderate rain head. Aromas of fresh ground roast coffee and roasted malts. Flavors of acidic black coffee, vanilla, dry toasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Slick and acidic maybe overkill on the coffee.


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