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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,622 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,622
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,401 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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AndIWantYou

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the head on this beer is darker than most beers I'm drinking these days. Beautiful chocolate brown head and dark, almost syrupy-pouring beer. The taste isn't syrupy, though, as the carbonation cuts through nicely. The body in this beer reminds me of Double Bastard, but the flavor is (of course) a more chocolatey, coffee taste. I don't get the "dark fruits" that a RIS is supposed to contain, but I think my tongue (or my brain?) is less sensitive to the fruity esters that beers contain. This beer is probably too over-the-top for an August evening such as right now, but I think I'll be picking up another of these in the winter!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 01:22:00 | More by AndIWantYou
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,622 ratings.