Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 3HovsepiansBrews:
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This was really a delightful beer, and I can see why it holds a spot on the top of the lists. I had both on tap and out of the bottle, and I was a little more impressed when sipping it out of the bottle.
The appearance is black as can be as you would expect with a deep colored brown head. The smell is sweet and full of alcohol. The drinkability of this one is out of this world, and the full body of the beer blends so well with the deep tastes of chocolate, molasses, and roasted barley. For 10.5% this one goes down smooth. This one has surely gone on the list of top RIS's.
Serving type: on-tap
05-12-2010 09:20:27 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.
Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.
Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.
Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 17:11:49 | More by KFBR392
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,637 ratings.