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:
4.98/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - Dark, smoky looking, awesome.
S - Nice smell. Coffee and hops with good balance.
T - Best part of the experience. Nice blend of bitterness, abv, and coffee like flavors. Delicious and worth the hype.
M - Very good. Stays in your mouth with great flavor that lasts over time.
O - Get it now.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 18:31:52 | More by avwrite
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I grew up in Escondido and this my first time having this IRS.
This stout looks decadent. The body is pitch black. When held up to the sun there is burgundy around the edges. The head is mocha colored, fine, patchy, and persistent. The silky smooth head easily moves along the glass creating a patchwork of legs and lacing.
The beer smells decadent and rich. Sweetness, roasted malts, coffee, and then chocolate.
The taste is outstanding. Roasted malts/barley, dark bitter chocolate, and a background taste of coffee. The bitterness near the backend stands out.
The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is spot on. The slick, dense carbonation is world-class.
This is an outstanding IRS that stands out amongst all IRSs. For me, the bitterness at the backend of the taste doesn't do it any favors, but overall this is an extremely competitive non-BA stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 01:51:37 | More by mabermud
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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