Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: Pours jet black with a large and dense medium brown head. Fades very, very slowly, leaving thick sheets of lacing on the glass.
S: Wow, stunning roasted malt character. Char with some wonderful cocoa and bitter coffee. Has a creamy sort of character to it, almost like a touch of lactose. Hints of dark fruit that I cannot yet identify, cherries or currants maybe? Touch of anise.
T: Very creamy roasted malt up front. Very nice bitter chocolate follows along with some dark fruit. Currants, cherries with maybe just a hint of fig? Roasty bitter coffee kicks in afterwards and finishes off the flavor with a touch of earthy hops. As it fully warms I get hints of anise here and there.
M: Incredibly smooth, creamy and thick. Amazing.
O: This is one of the best non-barrel aged RISes of all time in my opinion. You almost have to give it extra credit for being so widely available and easily attained. Not to mention quite cheap! The mouthfeel is honestly the best part. It's a great combination of heft, creaminess and smoothness without being too cloying or too syrupy. Otherwise, surprisingly fruity RIS, making it more balanced than most which are usually just hardcore roasted malt and nothing else.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2012 04:13:06 | More by Dope
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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.