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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,634 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,634
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Foxtrot

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5/11/2010

Alright. Its been more than 1 year since I've enjoyed Stone's IRS, and wanted to re-review it. My palate has changed a lot, and was just curious to see if the score change.

Bomber to snifter. Pours blackest obsidian with no brown/amber hues around the edges. Head was of dark brown sugar, with decent retention. The legs of this beer are also pretty wild to look at. Thick and viscous like a fine scotch or bourbon.

Now onto the aroma, and what a pleasant aroma at that. The aroma is incredibly multi-faceted with chocolate, caramel, and molasses being the most notable components while vanilla and espresso heightens the olfactory experience. Also detected a touch of alcohol, but its a 2010 bottle.

The ultimate test; taste. I hardly use any harsh language but F&*@! this beer is unbelievable! Flavors to note first off are chocolate, rich and dark, molasses, toffee, raisins, ripest cherries, and brown sugar. Mid palate is a real treat; currants, licorice, and some roasted char really linger and add to the sweetness at the front end. The contrast from sweetness to bitterness is phenomenal, and subtle. Finish is nice and long as to be expected of the style, but the aftertaste really makes it a pleasure to enjoy in between sips.

Mouthfeel is just about the silkiest and smoothest I've come across in my beer career. The carbonation levels are spot on for the style. Just enough to lift the flavors off your tongue, but not too much to hide it's subtleties. Big and bold and smooth are the three words that come to mind.

This is a hot beer, but being a 2010 bottle, it is still immensely drinkable. This beer is a sipper of the highest echelon, and should be enjoyed with a good snifter and chocolate to really make this beer pop.

P.S. I loved this beer the first time I reviewed it, but having it now feels like I'm doing this beer more justice. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will absolutely buy a case to cellar. Stone, this is a mighty good RIS.

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2/14/2009

4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

Breaking in the new snifter with this beer

Poured a absolutely jet black with no light discoloration around the edges. Nice foamy tan head dissipated after a few minutes from pour.

Lots of notes of chocolate and dark malts with some very very ripe cherry scents and of brown sugar.

Tastes of bitter chocolate are every present, with dark fruits taking a back seat. Mellows out with double doses of molasses and caramel to make this Russian Imperial Stout absolutely fantastic. Finishes very smooth with good carbonation throughout.

Mouthfeel was near syrup. Coats the entire mouth with a slick and smooth goodness that is very typical of the style.

A good drinkability factor, besides the liver loving 10.8% ABV it is one beer that I will be sure to keep an eye on.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 07:09:24 | More by Foxtrot
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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.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,634 ratings.