Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dijeriduster:
2.85/5 rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
2010 version in a one liter growler to a tulip
A - Very dark to black with a dirty head that is thick. Maybe one finger in my tulip. Looks mean.
S - Something is missing here. Its very robust but the booze comes thru a little and its not as roasty as I've had in the past. Smells sweeter as well...
T - Eh not up to my par for Stone IRS. Keeping in mind that I loved '09 I just don't think this one has it as much. It was rather sweet and boozy, again lacking the roasty flavours I love in IRS.
M - Was thinner then usual, still felt thick upon quaffing but faded to thin as it went down. Didn't have the slight creaminess I've had in the past.
D - I know there was controversy over the change this year to belgian yeast. Clearly they also changed the base recipe as well. While I am stoked to try the belgian one, I don't think I'll be aging this years version.
Serving type: growler
02-11-2011 18:59:05 | More by Dijeriduster
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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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