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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,954 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5954
Reviews: 2528
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm appending a second review of this beer after aging it for a little over a year since I had the other one of these I bought at the same time. Interestingly, some of my scoring is different than before but the descriptions aren't very different. So I suppose it's evidence of the greater amount of comparative context I've cultivated over the past year, having tried many others in that time and having gotten a better idea of what's at the very top of the scale and reckoning the others against that.

Overall, I don't know that this one changed much over the course of a year. In retrospect, I should have scored it a bit better last time. But here are both reviews, the newer not influenced by the older, which I didn't look at again until pasting this new one. I'd say there's no problem with aging this one, but there really isn't a need. Not for 1 year anyway.

I've left the original scores as the official ones. If I used the more recent ones it would be a 4.28 instead of a 4.01

OCT 30 2013 REVIEW

18.5 months old, 13 months since the original review below. Bottle to tulip, served a bit cooler than room temp and warming to room temp over the course of a long sampling.

A - 4.25 - Black with a nice thick, creamy, fluffy, tan head that makes for a quick few fingers with a moderately aggressive pour and settles down to a film within two to three minutes. Lacing that sticks right where it is.

S - 4.5 - While the head is fresh it puts off the loveliest mix of malty (think Whoppers) and chocolatey smells. As the head fades, the malty smell fades with it. Once it settles, the chocolate is almost a chocolate liqueur smell. There's a note of booze, but not in a bad way - in a slightly fruity, slightly floral way that works with the rest of it, overlapping and blending into the sweetness of the chocolate. It really is a lovely aroma overall. Not intense, but very nice.

T - 4.25 - Cocoa initially, and later in the glass more like a nice bittersweet dark chocolate, something north of milk chocolate but south of 70% cacao. Mild black malt char. The two of those are nicely balanced against each other. Milder than some imperial stouts. Pleasant booze warmth wafting up the throat on the exhale. The booze elevates it if you're me and your reviews never talk about a beer being "too hot". Warms the belly a bit after a while. Somehow gives me coffee breath without a noticeable coffee flavor note.

M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy body, somewhat viscous, and tongue-coating. The alcohol wreaks a mild sensation on the tongue. Despite the tongue coating, there is also the barest bit of dry underneath that, like the very beginnings of hop abrasion.

O - 4.25 - This is a top quality imperial stout. Very well done. There are others that are more complex, but this is still very well composed and executed overall. This one is friendly. If you wanted to introduce somebody to imperial stouts without scaring them off, this would be a good one to choose.


OCT 2, 2012 REVIEW

Bottle to tulip. 5.5 months old. Served cellar temp and got to room temp by halfway.

A - 4.25 - Inky black and viscous looking. Somewhat fizzy dark khaki head that settles down to a cap within a couple minutes. Second pour produces a head more like I like them, thick and textured like a landscape, with peaks and valleys. Settles down to a film.

S - 4.0 - Can't put my finger on this smell, though I know it. Something fruity? It reminds me of something in the bouquet of a Borderies cognac, almost a pastry note, maybe with marzipan, maybe with fruit. Aside from that, a bit of that Sugar Smacks malty-grainy-sweet-honey-molasses smell, bleeding over into chocolate, bleeding over into a bit of coffee.

T - 4.0 -While there's chocolate, cocoa-esque, it's dialed back. There's mild char and coffee but not until the exhale, which comes with some warm booze fumes, all three appreciated. I'd welcome the char and coffee up front. Hint of chocolate in the burp. Definitely gained character as it warmed.

M - 4.0 - Very smooth and soft. Barely medium bodied. Looked thicker when pouring.

O - 4.0 - After a previous really big stout, I was expecting the same from this based on what I'd heard, but this one is milder. Still it's really good. The balance is such that nothing sticks out. That makes it more subtle than blasty. Often I want something more robust, something harsher, but it's good to know this milder one is there too.

Serving type: bottle

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,954 ratings.