Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
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:
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.
Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.
Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.
Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 17:11:49 | More by KFBR392
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
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.