Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz. bomber -- 2008 vintage -- served into a snifter
For being as old as this bottle is there's a decent little dark khaki head. The body is ink-black, and there's lots of alcohol legs on the glass (not much in the way of lacing).
Nothing about this bottle blew me away. I probably aged it a year longer than it needed to be. But what's here is remarkably smooth and well-integrated. The hops stick around just a bit to lend the nose an attractive minty note. Otherwise, the aroma is all deep roast, coffee, and prune.
Any complexity this beer once had has smoothed away into what is a pretty much a cohesive flavor. It's chocolate meets purple fruit. Not much roast. Just dark malts. A touch of malted milk as the bottle gets to room temperature. Very nice, but not amazing. A bit of cardboardy oxidation.
Overall, I'd say drink yer 2008 bottles if you have any. I don't think the beer is getting any better after this.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2012 22:26:20 | More by Reaper16
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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.
97 out of 100 based on 6,671 ratings.