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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,626 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,626
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,402 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

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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Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.

Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.

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T - Best part of the experience. Nice blend of bitterness, abv, and coffee like flavors. Delicious and worth the hype.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,626 ratings.