Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.54/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From bomber to snifter at cellar temperature, duh.
'Tis a black beer. After the one-finger, chocolaty mocha-brown head dies down, I peer into the glass and see a perfect reflection of myself in the shiny, black surface. Like an obsidian mirror, it is.
The smell is a REALLY rich one of coffee and dark chocolate, but also with a sweet maltiness that keeps these traits from being harsh. There's also an intoxicating scent of fruity cherries and raisins.
Flavor-wise, this stout is astonishingly well-rounded and has refined intesity, drawing me in with seductive subtlety at first. It utilizes three well-honed weapons: sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, and tart dark fruitiness, all of which work together in a perfected, sublime harmony. Beneath it all there is also a mysterious roasted earthiness. By the way, where's the alcohol? There's hardly a trace in the taste.
It has a thick feel with moderate carbonation. Like with everything else, all is in balance.
This imperial stout's characteristics are in total harmony. It has achieved zen enlightenment.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2013 17:55:10 | More by Kuaff
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Pretty black, minimal coffee lacing. Must have some carb, because little fishes are biting insects at the surface.
S- charred dark fruits, molasses, toffee, burnt caramel
T- More dark fruit. This one is probably aged perfectly. No oxidation present. Some chocolate and molasses. Some biting black liquorice at the end
M- Pretty thick for a stout, nothing major. Some carb
O- A great stout. Very well done; simple and to the point
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:25:27 | More by gueuzedreg
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,721 ratings.