Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Douglas14:
4.97/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I look forward to this beer release every year. at least nine months pass before I get to re-taste it. And in that time my palate matures and I assure myself that I cannot once again be amazed by this beer. I've outgrown it or become better than it, I tell myself. But then I drink it and am amazed again! For 5 years now this has been going on and everytime I drink the Stone IRS I'm in awe. This might be my all-time RIS. It has every quality I'm looking for in the style: roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and overall great malt sweetness. It has a near perfect black color with just a touch of brown around the edges. It's smooth but not velvety or creamy. it's just what I want. Excellence.
Serving type: growler
07-14-2010 04:06:19 | More by Douglas14
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4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)
S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.