Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 6,661 | Reviews: 2,568 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mongrel:
3.96/5 rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - pours very dark brown with a great frothy, mocha colored, tight-packed head that sticks around for quite a while.
S - smells strangely like BBQ, so I guess it's got a smokey element. That little oddity subsides to reveal some sweet molasses, caramel, vanilla and a tiny bit of pine.
T - there's that odd bit of BBQ again, but only at first, and it's chalky dry. It's a bit disappointing, but only at first. But a sweet, syrupy flavor profile opens up with blackstrap molasses, caramel and vanilla, much like the nose. There's some bitter, roasted barley, but not as much as a lot of bigger stouts. It's on the sweeter side instead. Gets nicer and nicer as it warms, with some raisin, prune, tobacco and dark chocolate emerging. Also a nice earthy hop profile that lends a bit of pine. Very little evidence of the big 11% ABV, which is nice.
M - nice and frothy up front with a syrupy sweet middle and a chalk dry finish. Nicely structured, but the middle could be a little deeper and more refined.
Overall, this one's a bit rough around the edges but give it some time to open up and warm and you'll be rewarded with quite a variety of rich flavors and a healthy buzz.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 04:04:49 | More by Mongrel
More User Reviews:
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,661 ratings.