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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
markdoswald (11) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Horrible! The aroma was the only good thing here. The alcohol content was too strong and the espresso was way too much. Tone done the alcohol content to about 9, and take out the espresso (or tone it done at least) and it would be a fabulous beer! Oh and I felt the ibus were low to be considered a great imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (792) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (2118) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1405) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OminouSC2 (593) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3533) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a pitch black with big brown fluffy head. Aromas of coffee, smoke, dark chocolate. Flavors of espresso, tobacco, and dark dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4759) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2016
22 oz 2013 bottle at 2016 ASMF. Strongly flavored with enough coffee, dark grains or hops to completely overpower the others in most beers. In this fine brew, however, they coexist in good balance. Even after over 2 years, this is still a little boozy, but this works well for this strongly flavored brew. The coffee strength is surely lower than when fresh but is still the last thing to fade from the long lasting aftertaste. Overall: with the base beer a favorite, this coffee-added version should be a winner and it doesnt disappoint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (2470) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2016
honestly not as coffee forward as some coffee stouts ive had and was a little thin. decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Black pour with tan head. Aroma of rich espresso, dark berries, ash. Tons of espresso comes through with burnt malts, berries, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin for the alcohol, but not a negative. Great sipper.

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