Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.78/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Oh my, yes. Pours out a rich, inticing jet black body. The foamy tan-colored head recedes quickly.
Smell: The welcome aroma delivers a sweet scent filled with rich espresso, roasted barley, molasses, and anise. A soft scent of port wine can also be found here. Lastly, an inspiriting alcohol vapor fills the nose.
Taste: While tasting this beer I scribbled some complimentary notes down on a notepad, but didn't get all of them because I went through the world's entire supply of ink and paper in the process.
The world's entire supply of ink and paper, I said.
That said, this brew is tremendously malty, with sharp notes of coffee and chocolate. Undertones of vanilla and molasses are present as well. Hop flavor is gentle, barely peeking through the immense gamut of flavors present. Yes, the alcohol is apparent, but quite soothing.
The long finish leaves a sustaining roasted flavor on the tongue. Delicious.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and quite chewy at times, while maintaining an unequaled velvety texture.
Drinkability: The very best RIS I've tasted yet.
So, yeah, I liked it. I had very high expectations for this beer, and it met every single one of them.
(My thanks to AndoBrew for sharing this one with me.)
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2006 21:18:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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