Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JamesMcPolin:
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a bomber, that has been properly cellared for over two years, into a snifter. Anticipation building, as this is one of the oldest I haven't drunk already in the cellar.
Appearance: pours with a nice looking head, tan in color, a little lighter than one might expect. Dissipates fairly quickly but retains a darker colored ring around the glass with decent lace.
Smell: Interestingly, you'd get more aroma from a brand new 2010 release than what I'm getting right now, not sure if that's typical of aging but had a similar experience recently with a serpent stout from lost abbey I aged. Definitely good though, classic roasted malt aroma and more chocolaty than coffee.
Taste: First sip, freshly cracked, palate gets bathed in artisanal chocolate. When it comes to the 10.8% alcohol, forget well-hidden, it's gone. I'm talking practically undetectable in the first glass. Even as it warms, if I didn't already know the abv and someone told me it was 7.5 or 8% I'd believe it. Coffee notes seemed more muted at first but became more and more delicious as it approached room temp. Trust me; it's hard not to drink it all before reaching that point. I'm nursing the last few sips left as I type this. Wish I had aged two so I could have another to drink at this temp from the start.
Mouth feel: excellent. It must be said first that imperial stouts and imperial porters are my favorite styles so my idea of body is slanted toward loving massive brews. That being said, in very relative terms, the aging seems to have really lightened the mouthfeel. But again, I could always go for thicker.
Drinkability: Not hard to drink at all. In fact, hard to not drink it all too fast before it warmed and got complex. Little bummed I drank it too fast, two years to age, 15mins to go down the hatch even while typing, LOL. But an all around excellent brew. I think '08 was a great year for Stone's Russian Imperial, right in there behind '05 and '02.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2010 00:37:59 | More by JamesMcPolin
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4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,542 ratings.