Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChanChan:
4.83/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Stone Imperial stout Limited Spring 2010 release.
Poured into a regular stemglass.
Appearance: Dark, medium bodied can-not see any light shining through the beer. This comes with a two finger mocha colored head that does not last long. The lacing left behind is respectable.
Smell: The first whiff of this beer gives off a heavy scent of coffee, There are some hops as well but not much else.
Mouthfeel, the mouthfeel is medium bodied at first. As the beer warms up the mouthfeel becomes heavier much more pleasant! Also, as the beer warms up I feel a bit of tanance in the mouth.
Taste: This beer is sweet, At around 55degrees farenheit I notice a presence of caramel, hops, coffe and bitter chocolate. As the beer warms up I can also taste more malt and a pleasant breadiness.
Final thoughts: This is a great example of what an imperial stout can be. At under 8 dollars for a22 OZ bottle this beer is a steal. Imperial stout bombers are usually well over ten dollars. If SRIS was over ten dollars I would have to reconsider how much of it to consume, but at this price it is a joy to have this beer and feel like I have made a great purchase every time!!!
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2011 06:32:03 | More by ChanChan
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 6,541 ratings.