Mikhail's Odd
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #119
Ranked #575
4.47 | pDev: 8.72%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Mikhail's OddMikhail's Odd
Notes: 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 128 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is opaque and near black with a thin beige head that rapidly fades to nil. The aroma offers big roast and char character. Barrel presence is there too, with nice oak and booze scents. Espresso and general coffee character is subtle, much more so than expected. Coffee emerges more in the flavor, complementing the beer rather than dominating it. Thick on the palate with low carbonation. Viscous and slick. Elegant and delicious.

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4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 500ml bottle. 2014 bottling contains 2013 espresso Imp RIS aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

A: Pours a deep black with just a trace of carb and no lace.

N: Boozy bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, coffee, roast, pillowy chocolate cake powder.

T: Vanilla, marshmallow, dark cherry, chocolate, toasted caramel, faint coffee.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Smooth, creamy, lush, deep roasty finish.

O: A very good creation. Well done.

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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black body. Nearly inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar and a few wisps.

Smell - The coffee is very rich. Bourbon. Less intense oak than Fyodor's. Fudgy chocolate.

Taste - Sweet fudge. Rich coffee blends in. Bourbon. Dries out as the barrel sets in. Very oaky. Oak and bitter chocolate linger.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The coffee smooths out the rough spots of Fyodor's.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 1/8/14 big thanks to schnarr84 for the bottle

A jet black with a thin cola edge, noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace as to be expected at nearly 14%, wide legs and color left behind on the glass

S great mix of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and booze, there's some charred wood and some dark hard toffee and just a hint of cherry, chocolate liqueur, and creme brulee

T big bourbon notes and a heavy blast of sweetened dark roasted coffee, I wouldn't guess 14% but the booze is hard to miss but it works with the bourbon flavor, char without smoke, tastes massive

M thick, enough bubbles too give it some life, booze hits you head and chest but fairly smooth on the way down, mild tannins, a little numbing on the tongue and lips, chocolate fudge and bourbon linger for ages

O I love coffee and bourbon and this brew has plenty of both, intense and a little boozy but I don't mind at all, a slow sipper that's for sure

I doubt I could've picked a worse beer for this hot Summer day but I have no regrets, one of those beers I want to drink the day its bottled and again 5 years down the road.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mikhail's Odd from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 128 ratings