Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
3.96/5 rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 Bottle into Worthy Sniffer
A: This is basically black in coloring there a brown to tan head that settles to a semi thick lacing on the outside of the glass. The beer itself is thick in the pour and totally opaque.
S: There really is not much of a smell in a good or a bad way. There are hints of smokiness from the malt but I really cannot even detect much else, definitely need to revisit this beer.
T: There is some chocolate flavor upfront with a little bit of smokiness but not powerful at all. Having it this fresh you can definitely taste the hops and it has more of a bitter hop bite then your typical Imp stout but not bad in any way. I definitely need to see how this develops with age
M: This beer is smooth and creamy but you can definitely feel a little of the hop bite from the bitterness. It is very drinkable as the abv is completely hidden even fresh but it is clear it will definitely change not fresh
O: Okay so this review is officially incomplete I need to try a non fresh version of this beer because it seems like it would develop really well but as of right now it is a decent stout that hides its high abv and is very drinkable, but it is not the big imperial stout I expected it to be. So I will be back soon.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 01:41:51 | More by Pinknuggets
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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.
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