Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2011 750ml bottle into an Oversized Wine Glass.
A: dark bubbles rest soundly on the plateau of black ink. Rick James would concur with calling this beer the darkness. Makes me want to grab my quill pen and write on parchment. Always a good sign with an IRS.
S: droplets of vanilla extract on salted meats, prepared with a crust of some decent ground coffee. The alcohol makes you think you're smelling too much vanilla, but then the bitter coco powder reminds you that this is a brewski. A chain reaction occurs: Nose tells brain to sip.
T: The first sip of toffee eventually coats the mouth in compounding layers of chocolate melting over an open fire. your brain decides that this chocolate needs a pairing: the beer replies with creamy coffee. Chocolate is the star here though, and the coffee accepts its role as sidekick. Chocolate Batman, Coffee Robin. They battle to hold down the salty Carmel vanillain. Much goes on in this glass of Gotham.
M: Carbonation is low, but it's there. It feels very light in the mouth, and it's unexpected considering the amount of flavor. It's a deceptive mouthfeel (the work of the vanillain, no doubt). The beer looks so dark and tastes so big, you expect it to be like motor oil in your mouth. However, it is silky and delicate. It begs to be swallowed on contact, and leaves specter of carbonation.
O: Stone Brewing does impress me here, the thought that this was going to disappear in the "odd" year release of the belgo version makes me teary eyed. This is way too good to be gone for extended period of time. I would say of their many offerings, this has got to be one of the biggest ships in their fleet. Barrel aged variations of this boat could yield a whale for many years to come. Highly enjoyable IRS with a drinkability that is taste driven. Impressive and worthy of revisits. be sure to check the bottle to remind yourself this is a 10.5% ABV beverage. it's there, don't deny it.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2011 04:20:50 | More by Cavery
More User Reviews:
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.