Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JWU:
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz. bomber bottle, poured a little into a snifter glass (and shared the rest with friends)
A- Black. Resembles used motor oil. Dark khaki/brown head, half a fingers worth that dissipates very quickly. Some alcohol legs on the glass.
S- I sure hope the taste follows the smell. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of dark fruits, with a touch of earthy hops in there as well
T- Delicious. A dark chocolate (think 80% cacao) hits up front with a nice coffee as well. There is a hint of the dark fruits I smelled, and just a touch of the earthy hop base as well. Just a tad sweet, and the bitterness from the chocolate and coffee notes balance perfectly.
M- Coats the mouth, viscous, and full on the palette. A hint of carbonation is spot on.
O- One of the greatest stouts I've ever had the pleasure of having. Will certainly get a bottle or two before it's gone for this year.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2012 00:40:51 | More by JWU
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
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,639 ratings.