Mikhail's Odd
Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.43 | pDev: 8.58%
Nov 18, 2019
Mar 23, 2014
Mikhail's OddMikhail's Odd
Notes: 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
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Rated: 4.22 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a jet black color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose a strong coffe flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced stout
Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer is a good dark coffee brown mixed with a dark chocolate black. The texture is that of a slightly thick coffee.
Smell has a nice upfront chocolate with a sharp and bitterness from the espresso. Taste is ditto with a stronger espresso. Mouthfeel is good and heavy bodied but smooth and scarily drinkable. Delicious.
Dec 27, 2018
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Rated by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Draft: mocha head/ring, black body, no lace; charred dark coffee/espresso nose; taste follows including light vanilla, alcohol heat, espresso ending
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 4.53 by PaleAndBitter from Virginia

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Man this is a review for one of the best beers I've ever had, much less from the Stone brewery. Pours a thick black used motor oil kind of pour, dark black, heavily viscous. The aroma definitely kicks down a heavy dose of coffee moreso than any amount of 'espresso'. Good dark, heavy roast stuff here. Small amount of barrel notes, not huge.

Taste, wow, great medley of barrel notes, roasted malt, chocolate malt and coffee. Minor amount of charred wood and even earthy tobacco notes contributing to a great character. Very dark chocolate presence. Nothing in terms of sweetness or sugar going on here.

This is some classic shit. There's a million bourbon barrel coffee stouts out there, but this one manages to take an outstanding base beer, add a barrel and adjuncts, and bam, you still have a world class barrel aged offering. Sticky malt, coffee and bourbon, great combo.
Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut

May 30, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by dddddddd from Washington

May 13, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by Jho3325 from Indiana

May 05, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 2014, holding 2013 Coffee IRS, aged in 11 months in bourbon barrels

A- pours pitch black in color with a one-finger creamy tan head that retains shortly before settling to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- rich espresso aroma up front mixes with dark chocolate malt, fudge brownie, caramel, bourbon, spicy barrel, closing with some earthy/herbal notes

T- rich dark chocolate fudge brownie mixes with strong espresso up front, adding some herbal & earthy notes. Notes of sweet caramel/toffee, burnt brown sugar, charred malt, some nuttiness, fig and raisin. The barrel aging has definitely added a new complexity, plenty of bourbon, along with barrel notes of charred oak, vanilla & spicy wood. More creamy dark chocolate on the finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy, just a hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- The original Espresso IRS was one of my favorite coffee stouts, so I was excited to try this. It's very good, but I wish I could have tried it a bit earlier, as the espresso notes aren't as strong as they were in the Espresso IRS that I had fresh when it came out
Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Nov 24, 2015
Rated: 4.45 by sweemzander from Illinois

Nov 11, 2015
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Reviewed by sittinggc from California

4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Been holding on to this one and finally popped it open. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Beautiful! Pitch black with a nice brown head. Still reminds me of the first time I drank Stone IRS...it was my first stout. Hahaha...probably not the best place to start as a newbie
Smell: Strong bourbon aromas. In a nice sweet way.
Taste: The first sip is phenomenal. Based on the aroma, you may think the bourbon is gonna dominate thought but nay! The bourbon is the first thing that is apparent but it soon gives way to a nice vanilla character. So good. As you swallow, it gives way to the espresso and roastiness of the coffee and malts. Such a complex beer. Every sip is a gift from above.
Feel: Nice and chewy. Stone IRS always had the best mouthfeel and that is no different after barrel aging. This is how a stout should feel!

Overall: This is definitely a world class beer. So friggin good. I loved the original IRS with espresso but this is on another level. I'm just sad that they may never brew it again....since the base beer was an odd year release which seemed like a one off. Please Stone! Bring this bad boy back!
Oct 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Domvan from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I had been wanting this beer bad for quite some time and finally busted it open with a few buddies. The chocolate/coffee were everything I expected while the boozy mouthfeel made it that much better, this was one step up from Fyodor's, both are on top of my favorites list easy
Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 4.67 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jun 11, 2015
Rated: 4.76 by AndyEdgar from Illinois

May 01, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Apr 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Mar 31, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by leaversuch from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this one from ScottO in a box a while back. Thanks again man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
2013 imperial stout with coffee aged 11 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels
Brewed 1 March 2013
Bottled February 2014
IBU: 38
Ryan Bros Espresso roast coffee
Quingenti Millitre 2014 Series batch 4

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, bubbly tan head with good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head recedes to a full cap and leaves some lacing clinging to the glass. A ring remains until the end leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose of espresso, burnt notes, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut as well. Lots of burnt espresso over the barrel aromas. Nicely balanced and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Espresso, sweet cream and bourbon notes up front. Barrel, vanilla and coconut with espresso beans at the swallow, moving into a bold and lingering finish of burnt espresso, roasted grain, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut and oak flavors as well. Really nice and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, less abrasive than the Fyodor’s version, goes down with a bit of a scratch and finishes rather sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This stuff is excellent. The addition of espresso is done really well here and works excellently with the bourbon barreled stout. While both this one and Fyodor’s Classic are great brews, I think I would take this one first, as its balance and execution is more impressive overall. Either way, both are great and I was very happy to try them out. Thanks again ScottO. Highly recommended.
Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 4.49 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2015
Rated: 4 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by T_Hass from Georgia

Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 4.84 by lonewolfcry from Minnesota

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by SurlyUtopia from Minnesota

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 4.6 by Jeffrey2310 from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by TylerTremelling from California

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 4.59 by mctizzz from California

Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by RolandBlunts from California

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SDwomp from California

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by lunarbrew from Wisconsin

Nov 03, 2014
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 129 ratings