I am a total Stone Brewing devotee so it’s surprising I waited this long to finally try their infamous Imperial Russian Stout. On top of that I was able to sit on this for a year which shows remarkable restraint but I knew I would be rewarded in the end. And what a reward it was. Released once a year around the beginning of summer, this Imperial Russian Stout is uniquely timed and uniquely fantastic. The IRS poured an opaque black with a slight tan head. The aroma held notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt with a slight hint of licorice and dark fruits. The taste followed suit with a strong note of molasses, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Obviously there was a lot going on in this brew and it deserves the strong reputation. The fantastic flavors only expanded as it warmed A full and rich bodied beer that was a pleasure to consume. This wasn’t just a beer, it was an experience.