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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,954 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5954
Reviews: 2528
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wouldn't consider this the end-all/be-all of beers, but it's another great offering from Stone.

2007 batch, found at a local supermarket, managed to snag the last two bottles. One for now, and one for later!

A - Looks great, how an imperial stout should pour. Great dark head, but leaving little lacing. I'm curious as to how clean the glass I poured it into was orignally. BLACK, oily goodness.

S - Smell is great but dare I say.. could be better? I'm not getting much more than a crazy yeast affect, with tinges of chocolatey malt undertones. I smell coffee and a MAJOR alcohol overtone as well. My mouth IS watering.

T - Perfect. What a RIS should taste like. I've never had a better offering, on tap or in bottle. The variety of flavors is definitely second to none, and should be experienced by all BA's. Served a little cooler than room temperature, nuances jump out at you like hot embers from a fire. Chocolate, plums, raisins, coffee, alchohol, anise (barely)... all put together with a creamy silk-like mouthfeel. As if they weren't already aware, Stone really does a great job with this beer.

D - The only qualm I have against this HUGE beer is the abv, which can smack you in the face quicker than you'd like to imagine. I've only nipped my glass a couple times and already feel the effects. I can't imagine drinking more than 2 bombers.

All in all, another beautiful beer from Stone. They really know how to brew a good drink!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 21:00:38 | More by SaucyA
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,954 ratings.