Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2012 Stone Russian Imperial Stout
Bottled in 2012 . Poured into tulip glass on June 22, 2012.
Pours like an opaque black with a half inch light brown head.
Nice roasted notes, with milk and dark chocolate. Hint of espresso. Smells sweet on the nose. Fainter biscuits in the malt and a very light waxing and waning citrus presence to the hops. A very typical, but enjoyable aroma. I particularly like the roasty chocolate nose.
Initially get semi-sweet and dark chocolate notes, with a little more subdues roastiness, in comparison to the aroma. An initial touch of moderate bitterness that comes across the palate quickly, which gives the beer a drier sense that anticipated from the aroma. Also, an overall slight sweetness from the malt. Midway through the more astringent bitterness of the hops peaks and then fades into background as the roasted flavors return to the forefront. Ends with a mild dry bitterness and a semi-sweet lasting finish, again with notes of chocolate and coffee. Initerimently I pick up faint soy sauce notes too.
Smooth and creamy with a moderate thickness. In contrast, the beer offers a clean astringency. Overall enjoyable full body, but with elements that leave the palate refreshed. A more enjoyable mouthfeel than I’ve had in a while, at least in this sitting.
A good solid offering and that is in fact an understatement. It has all the characteristics of a stout – nice roastiness, good depth of flavours, and an enjoyable thicker body. As per typical from Stone and west coast brewing, the beer offers a moderate amount of bitterness, and it’s easy to know where it comes from. I find this works well in contrast to the sweeter elements. Overall, the beer is a very easily drinkable package. Furthermore, these bombers are reasonably priced with good accessibility. All this combined make it a regular go-to stout. May not be as bold or rare as others, but it doesn’t let you down. Highly recommend to try.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2012 18:12:17 | More by EnemyWithin
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
bottled on 2-21-2014
A- Black, no light coming thru, light mocha head that fades fast, nice sticky lacing all over the glass.
S- Jumbled...dark roast, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, it has all the right smells, but its all jumbled togather like one big mess, the longer I let it breath the cleaner it gets but still hard to separate.
T- Dark Fruit up front, some roast, alcohol, cocoas.
M- Full bodied, thick, syrupy, heavy. good
O- The highlight is the mouth with the thick and syrupy textures, the smell is lacking and the taste I would put a ok / average. The alcohol is not hidden and starts from start to finish. Worth trying but wont spend much to keep it on my shelfs.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 02:54:44 | More by Gryphon69
4.19/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle from the 2013 release. It's been in my fridge for about a year, decided to finally sit down and review a bottle.. have had this on two different occasions, but apparently just never got around to writing a review on it.
App- Dark black body, opaque with a nice one finger mocha head that retains fairly well, really nice thin lacing that sinks into the beer. Nice mocha collar and thin film. Looks the part.
Smell- Even at room temp, all I get is a bit of dark fruit and chocolate. No coffee, no roast, no brown sugar, nothing else to tell me this is a true RIS. I would like a lot more that I get here.
Flavour- What it doesn't deliver in the nose, it does deliver on the palate. Charred malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate, a bit of espresso and a slick syrupy sweet molasses finish. Robust, complex with a lot going on.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, perfectly carbonated. Slick, coating my mouth in bitter chocolate with sweet molasses; it's definitely a sipper due to the intensity of the flavour and its slick nature; there isn't a ton of heat or anything like that.
Overall- Probably one of the best deals out there in terms of Russian Imperial Stouts in bombers at $6.99. Founders Imperial Stout is a better beer and a better value, but for our friends in California who don't get Founders or Dark Horse, this is an excellent and overlooked option.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:25:55 | More by Stevedore
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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