Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at the Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.
Appearance: Intensely black in a way that one can imagine a black hole absorbs light. Probably the darkest stout I’ve seen with the possible exception of the Expedition. Generated and kept a remarkably resilient, tight-grained head, which was beige in color.
Smell: Combined the phenolic quality of spent hydrocarbons with a determined fruitiness that prevents this from being acrid. The smell of a metric ton of roasted malt compressed into the size of a die. Emits the singular fruity aroma of Kenya AA.
Taste: Smoky, tarry, and strongly bitter in a pleasant way; relieved by a subtle sweetness provided by the taste of long-cooked fruit, steeped in eau-de-vie. Stone’s classic mentholated-hoppiness lurks in the background. The usual stout descriptors of coffee and chocolate don’t suffice. It has that extra dimension that separates it from the unremittingly bitter Storm King. It’s hard to come up with the appropriate description, but the fruit-and-earth undercurrent was somewhat reminiscent of a sauce I once had on truffled foie gras. It was supposedly composed of black currant preserves and Pedro Ximenez sherry, cooked down over a long period of time into a barely liquid sauce. It’s this fruity depth that calls to mind Kenya AA rather than espresso; Valrohna Grand Cru Manjari rather than just chocolate. A finish as long as John Daly’s drives.
Mouthfeel: Faint but present carbonation. Body was full, but not as chewy or viscous as Expedition.
Drinkability: Another Stone Beer whose drinkability is best judged by the degree of self-restraint required to stop drinking it. Fortunately I knew I would be spending the night in the city, otherwise I’d have been in BIG trouble.
Probably my second favorite Imperial Stout after Expedition. A real achievement in balancing the classic, core bitterness of a first rate stout with the added elements of dark berries, wine-like flavors, and a definite tang. Mouthwatering.
Bottom Line: Maybe this is what Ferrari is really using in the Enzo at $60/quart.
Serving type: on-tap
06-20-2003 14:04:39 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance- Brew looks extremely thick, no light escaping here! Dark tan head with good retention.
Smell- Prunes, raisins, coffee, soy sauce.
Taste- Chocolate, dates, coffee, vanilla, tobacco. Boozy finish.
Mouthfeel- Thick like a milkshake, very oily.
Overall- Very good, but not enough to challenge the undisputed king (IMO) Old Rasputin. Still a good deal on bombers and a nice change of pace beer. It's really a shame that it gets release in April and not sometime during the fall.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 05:09:58 | More by spacebear09
3.64/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This review is for the 2014 release. Dark black pour. I chilled this one a bit (though I usually don't do this with Imperial Stouts), and got almost no head. Very light tan remnants floating on top of the glass.
On the nose, fudge chocolate dominates. This is mixed with an underlying herbal aroma, almost like basil. Also getting some root vegetable tones - carrots - demonstrating complexity.
Palate reveals complexity as well. Light roastiness. Light chocolate. Cherry. Blueberry jam. French roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel has decent carbonation, acceptable amount for the style.
Finish is medium light.
I had Stone's Woot stout earlier this week which in comparison is an outstanding brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 03:40:39 | More by artdob
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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