Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a tall-boy bottle into a beer taster (4 oz.) glass for optimum enjoyment.
Appearance: Pours a totally-opaque cola color with a minimum amount of excess carbonation. Two-finger head exhibits a cappuccino-style frothiness that scintillates. The head recedes *very* slowly, leaving a very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. After five minutes, I've only lost about 1/2 finger of head. Amazing retention.
Smell: Heavily roasted caramel-type malt dominates the nose in this particular batch. Medium-sweet chocolate and gentle coffee bean tones are also present, with just a touch of licorice and/or anise thrown in for good measure. A slight suggestion of purple fruit (raisins, plums, etc.). Just a touch pungent in the fruit area, but otherwise spot-on.
Taste: So much to taste here! A really intriguing combination. Bitterness hits first (hops/coffee). As the beer foams a bit, the sweetness is revealed (chocolate/cola/caramel). The alcohol is only mildly offensive, quite a feat for a beer boasting a 10.50% ABV. Aftertaste is a smooth bitterness akin to dark chocolate, with some alcohol flavor.
Mouthfeel: Beer enters smoothly, endures only a mild carbonation, and leaves just a slight, oily residue upon imbibing.
Overall: Nearly perfect...the last time I had this, I don't remember it being so pungent...perhaps I had better let the beer warm up a touch next time (it came out of the fridge...I usually cellar it for a while)...there may be another review of this soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2011 01:08:43 | More by Lauthaha
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)
S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,534 ratings.