Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MacDomer:
3.6/5 rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle from 2008 poured into my Duvel tulip.
Looks nice - this is black as black can be, light tan head which doesn't last, not much of a cap either after 5 min. Smells good, and the thing that jumps out to me is some kind of sweetness. It's pretty rich, with some chocolate, dates, raisins, some licorice, prunes, and I'm sure some other things I'm missing. A bit of alcohol. Taste is also good, medium-full, pretty rich, and rather sweet. Flavors like the nose. Ton of malt. Feels fine, but I'd prefer less carbonation. I'm going to score this lower on the drinkability scale, not because it isn't sessionable (which it's not, but what are you expecting from a RIS after all?), but because after I eventually consume the other couple of bottles of this that I have, I probably will not seek out again. Fun to try, but just not to my taste. A bit too sweet for how I like my RIS.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2009 03:37:02 | More by MacDomer
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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
07-30-2014 03:40:39 | More by artdob
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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