Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavidST:
4.85/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I got into craft beers from trying an Old Rasputin 6 years ago and I've looked for the Stone version ever since, finally this year I found some, I'm pretty excited to try it.
I poured from a 22oz bomber into a goblet, 2011 vintage.
This pours a used motor oil dark black, no light penetrates any where. This has a large mocha head which has dissipated to a 1/2 finger size which still remains. Smells of coffee, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla bean, dark chocolate. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonation. The taste is a good as it looks, dark chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts, a hint of licorice (way better than the belgo), some hops and alcohol burn on the way down with a bitter dark chocolate after flavor.
Overall, wow, this beer actually lived up to the hype, its miles better than the odd year belgo version. I'm going to go back and buy a case of this. Amazing beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2011 20:16:36 | More by DavidST
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4.14/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2014 release with an 11.0% ABV.
Pitch black body with a thick, creamy, tan head. Rather sweet smell; vanilla; anise; cocoa; cherries. Chocolate-mint flavor with a nice undertone of booze and mellow hop bitterness; brownies. Heavy body; some velvety smoothness; semi-dry finish with a noticeable boozy bite.
A very good RIS full of flavor and depth. The smell was complex yet rather subdued and was the only weakness overall. Hop bitterness builds up nicely and lingers through the end. But it's the bold roasted grain flavors that tell the real story: big toasted malt flavors with a mild sugary sweetness and bitter chocolate tones. The ABV makes its presence known, too, but is well-blended with the malt and hop elements to make an overall harmonious marriage of taste and feel. Complexity and depth with a fairly easy drinking quality for such a heavy and high ABV ale make this stout a winner.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:03:51 | More by beergoot
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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