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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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7,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,065
Reviews: 2,592
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 543
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 88
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Sampled August 2014 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. I will buy this again.

JJKBeerLvr, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Bear1964
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pour into a Pint glass from a 22oz bottle, pitch black pour with a fluffy tan head that turned into some very solid lace that hung on the glass from start to finish. Aroma held vanilla and alcohol notes with some roasted malts trying to peek out...they remained covered until the first taste. The taste is bitter/roasted coffee and malts with the alcohol present but not over powering, deep roasted flavors and some wood hints show up as the tasting goes on. The mouthfeel is so dead on for the style, thick/heavy on the tongue while leaving a nice roasted mild coffee/roasted flavor at the end. Overall I'm very impressed with this offering, I love RIS as a whole and I've had a lot of Stones products...this is a winner and I will pick it up when I can.

Bear1964, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting 2012 vintage in Mar 2014.

A: unchanged, S: predominantly dark chocolate, which some dark fruit. T: Deliciously chocolatey, alcohol burn is gone. M: whatever bothered me 2 years ago is completely gone, mouthfeel now is near perfect. O: aging seems to have done wonders for this.

Original review follows:

2012 Vintage

A: Extremely dark, no more than a millimeter of beer on the edge permits any light through. Decent sized, dark mocha head. Leaves no lacing on the glass. (4)

S: Chocolate and overripe banana. Prunes and raisins. Heavily-roasted coffee beans come out as it sits and warms (4)

T: Tons of rich chocolate, with supporting notes of nuts, cherries, dates, and figs. Some alcohol apparent, but not excessive. Little hop character, some alcohol bitterness in the finish. (4)

M: Very smooth and unctuous in the mouth. However, it leaves an unpleasant grainy sensation that lingers for quite a while and really detracts from the beer. (2)

O: This beer is a miniature tragedy. So good, up to the finish which is really unpleasant. I could just drink faster, so as to experience more taste and less aftertaste, but that's probably a poor choice with a 10.5% beer. So, I'm torn. Half of the time I like this beer, half of the time I dislike it. Unfortunate. (3)

kscaldef, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of JustHarmless
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

JustHarmless, Today at 02:53 AM
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed from a 2014 release bomber. This always excellent Russian imperial stout pours a thick black with moderate dark tan head and great clinging lacing. Nose of bakers dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, deeply roasted grains, and slight alcohol. Flavors are heavily roasted grains, dark bakers chocolate, dark rich coffee, to the front and sides, with vanilla and coffee on the aftertaste and fantastic warmth from the alcohol rounding it out. Smooth mouthfeel has a bit of bittering hops in the background providing balance to the sweetness of the chocolate and dark roasted malts. One of the best examples of the style available.


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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

greg138, Tuesday at 11:03 PM
Photo of humuloner22
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't know why but for some reason after all the stouts, imperial stouts, etc., that I have drank this one had escaped me. I found this one in a hell of a deal a while back in the four pack of bombers. I have heard this one aged out well and considering its getting into stout season for me, I thought I would crack this one open.

Color: Like black as night, you cant get any darker than this one. Poured fairly aggressively and it maintained a large head but settled fairly quickly.

Aroma: Roasted malts and booze, maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but no coffee or hops.

Taste: Well balanced. Good amount of carbonation to make the mouthfeel more robust, but it isn't super thick either, just about right, great for a sipper. It is a bit boozy in the taste, but not overly so considering the amount of alcohol that is in it. Malts, dark chocolate, some bitterness, but its also balanced by some sweetness, some say coffee, I detect some but this is nowhere in the same league as other stouts in regard to coffee, which is not a bad thing, I am just saying. It does have a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, nice finish. This is why I love stouts!

Overall: Well made and considering the deal I got, with this, it makes it even better. Also, I should add that this was the 2014 edition. Well done guys, I will purchase this one again.

humuloner22, Tuesday at 05:48 AM
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,065 ratings.