Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Beefeater57:
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This is opaque. Solid black, no hints of anything else. Poured from the bottle like engine oil. Mocha head, decent retention.
S: Black licorice is the most dominant smell I get from it. Also get traces of coffee, smoke, and alcohol.
T: Roasted malts are very strong and I get a heavy dose of sweetness that is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is in the aftertaste, I can tell this is a high ABV with just one sip.
M: Probably the most thick, chewy mouthfeel I have ever experienced. It feels like the beer leaves a slighty grainy film on my tongue.
D: For a Russian Imperial, this is one fine example. This is quite the meal in itself. I can't drink more than one, however, I enjoyed this beer very much. The sweetness and thick chewiness of it makes for an excellent beer to have with dessert, especially something like a brownie or mud pie.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2009 00:21:35 | More by Beefeater57
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4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,548 ratings.