Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,554 | Reviews: 2,565 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Drew966:
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Stone Imperial Russian Stout pours jet black with a milk chocolate brown colored head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very malty, dark chocolate, coffee and perhaps a bit of fruit are noticeable. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick. The flavor is also fantasically malty, chocolate and coffee, just a touch of dark fruit. A hint of alcohol is noticeable, but really you feel the warming more than you can taste it. Excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2008 13:19:10 | More by Drew966
More User Reviews:
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 6,554 ratings.