Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChrisPratz:
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a pitch black espresso color with a finger and a half worth of milk chocolate head that dissipates quickly to a blotchy head of lace.
S: Dark roasted malt tones with coffee and burnt sugar coming thru with dark coffee aromas mixed with a very light dark chocolate scent.
T: Roasted malt and toffee come thru on the palette first making way to the dark chocolaty flavored to follow. Ever so slight hint of caramel on the aftertaste works very well and theres a hint of alcohol. Lacks the smokey or chat flavoring some RIS have but I don't miss it. Nothing masks or overpowers the flavors here. Done very well.
M: mild carbonation leaves a lightly creamy feeling on the tongue. Slight dry feeling towards the end but it's very light especially for the higher ABV.
O: Very good RIS, not nearly as bold as some I've had. Lots of flavor and everything balances quick nicely. Would give it a slightly higher rating if the head stuck around a bit longer as this went down fairly quick compared to others. May have been this bottle though. Another great Stone brew.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 05:41:41 | More by ChrisPratz
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 6,552 ratings.