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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

6,672 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,672
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,422 | 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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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest Review: 3.5 years aged bottle.
2001 Stone Imperial Russian Stout was served from a 22 oz. bottle, labeled "Russian", unlike 2002 and 2003. In a pint glass, the beer was black with ruby edge accents, and was topped by a brown ring form tan head. The nose was loaded with ultra roasty-oaky raw cocoa malt, with accents of dark esters (currant), vinous sharpness,creamy coffee and powdery nutmeg-like spice. On the palate, a roasty super-dark (85% cocoa solids content) malt profile exploded, and was soon joined by a big dark cherry-blackberry component, which formed the transition to the excellent milk chocholaty sharp finish, which left lingering anise and currant notes. No signs of alcohol were detected. This flavor is unequaled in the imperial stout world. The body was rich and thick, feeling just right for the flavors and character of the beer. The carbonation was appropriate. Even though this stout was huge, the generous esters and superb balance made this imperial drink extremely drinkable.

First Review. Bottle reads..."Limited Late Spring release 2003 Release. Bogartski while you can..."
Pours with no head (Duvel Tulip), color is nearly black, with dark cherry color at the edges of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, powerful malts. Tastes delicious, smokey malts, warmness, and twinge of dark cherry flavor perhaps. Its hoppiness balances everything perfectly! Mouthfeel is full and enveloping. You are left with a lasting hop/malt essence long after the last sip. This is a mighty pleasurable stout, one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 02:03:37 | More by HiroProtagonist
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spacebear09

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Brew looks extremely thick, no light escaping here! Dark tan head with good retention.

Smell- Prunes, raisins, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste- Chocolate, dates, coffee, vanilla, tobacco. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick like a milkshake, very oily.

Overall- Very good, but not enough to challenge the undisputed king (IMO) Old Rasputin. Still a good deal on bombers and a nice change of pace beer. It's really a shame that it gets release in April and not sometime during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

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3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This review is for the 2014 release. Dark black pour. I chilled this one a bit (though I usually don't do this with Imperial Stouts), and got almost no head. Very light tan remnants floating on top of the glass.

On the nose, fudge chocolate dominates. This is mixed with an underlying herbal aroma, almost like basil. Also getting some root vegetable tones - carrots - demonstrating complexity.

Palate reveals complexity as well. Light roastiness. Light chocolate. Cherry. Blueberry jam. French roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel has decent carbonation, acceptable amount for the style.

Finish is medium light.

I had Stone's Woot stout earlier this week which in comparison is an outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,672 ratings.