Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 1759Girl:
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Maybe it's because I once tried to get a job repping Stone, or maybe it's just because they kick so much tail... but I have a huge respect for the company... They were the first ones to get me into IPAs, and still have my fave IPA. But, when the Russian Imperial Stout is on hand... everything else melts away and 1759Girl is in RIS Heaven.
Appearance> Dark as my beloved Guinness with a head the color of the Carnation chocolate malts that you used to get at baseball games. Thick head with great retention and lots of lacing.
Smell> dark chocolate and burnt sugar. oh baby.
Taste>my fave RIS and one that I hold others to in comparison. Sweet start, smoky intense stout taste, dry finish.
Mouthfeel> full, silky. Perfection
Drinkability>"Oh dang" yes, that was actually written in my notes.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2008 16:05:56 | More by 1759Girl
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)
S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,529 ratings.