Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
Appearance: Black viscous and impenetrable this liquid slowly releases bubbles of carbonation that make their journey up through the oil like substance to eventually reach the top to create a buttery tan head. The head retreats slowly to reveal a lackluster black abyss. Rings of chocolate brown coat the sides of the glass and ever so slowly lacing settles back down the sides of the glass to rejoin the delicious black liquid waiting for me.
Smell: Becoming more aromatic as this brew warms up I detect large amounts of roast barley, dark malts, butter cream, a hint of vanilla, and hops come through on the end. Surprisingly for a 10%+ abv there is very little alcohol presence in the nose.
Taste: Dark and viscous this beer is packed with flavour from start to finish. Malt, roasted thick viscous malt filled with tons of chocolate, anise, and a bitter hop presence that gives you a kick in the mouth for a finish. Not as sweet as the nose would have let me to believe but a hint of vanilla and bitter sweet butter cream make an appearance giving nice contrast to the immense malt and bitter hop flavours. The alcohol of this beer is subtle and after half of the bottle you are reminded of its presence. All elements of this beer work together in wonderful harmony and contrast to bring out every flavour in this rich and incredibly "stout" beer.
Mouthful: The mouth is fantastic, creamy and smooth; I especially love the silky feel of this brew is it comes closer to room temperature and more poignant. The sheer viscosity of this beer would lead me to believe I was drinking pure maple syrup.
Drinkability: I would like to thank Stone for creating such a magnificent full-bodied brew in the style of an Russian Imperial Stout, Stone is known for making first-rate products and this is no exception. This afternoon I ventured into the almost three feet of snow outside to build an igloo and this is the perfect beer to come in and warm up to. In fact once I finish this review I am going to give this beer a field test by taking it into the igloo to finish what I have left.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2010 02:31:56 | More by RppIII
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4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Comes out jet black with a finger of brown head that slowly dissipates. Alcohol legs are on full display. On the nose I get roasted grains that lend a coffee aroma, plus charred wood, smoked meat, earthy hops, and some alcohol. The taste has a creamy chocolate quality with black currants, coffee, more of those earthy hops, and an astringent taste from the roasted grains. It feels quite full-bodied in the mouth and goes down velvety.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:14:46 | More by itsscience
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Got this on tap at the stone brewpub in the San Diego airport since I didn't have time to make it out to the brewery during my trip. Had it for breakfast with the duck confit eggs. Practically perfect stout for me. Licorice aroma, jet black color, nice crisp mouthfeel. Just a great clean stout. Will definitely look for it again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2014 16:45:51 | More by skipxtracer
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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