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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

6,673 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,673
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,424 | FT: 79
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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Reviews by Skidz:
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Late Spring 2003 release. Bottle obtained from a trade with ppoitras. Part 2 of the 4 part Stone tasting with my bro.

Pours out a viscous jet black, like old motor oil and sits 100% opaque in the glass with a small dark tan head that sinks into the pit of darkness below, leaving no trace.

Aroma is super chocolately with mild coffee and a hint of raisins. Alcohol penetrates from beneath the sweet and malty build.

Tast is as rich as rich can be. Devilishly sweet with monster amounts of chocolate. Coffee-like bitterness moves in and ends with a mild pleasant bitterness. Some traces of raisins and a hint of smokiness. Alcohol gives a good showing. Some dark fruits also play their part in the delicious brew.

A million dollar smoothness...like butter made from a golden cow! Low in carbonation but adds to the creamy build.

A spectacular RIS, perfect for any occasion and makes a great night cap.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 01:57:27 | More by Skidz
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Labeorphile

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

08-01-2014 01:41:20 | More by Labeorphile
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spacebear09

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Brew looks extremely thick, no light escaping here! Dark tan head with good retention.

Smell- Prunes, raisins, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste- Chocolate, dates, coffee, vanilla, tobacco. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick like a milkshake, very oily.

Overall- Very good, but not enough to challenge the undisputed king (IMO) Old Rasputin. Still a good deal on bombers and a nice change of pace beer. It's really a shame that it gets release in April and not sometime during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 05:09:58 | More by spacebear09
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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California

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
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South Carolina

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,673 ratings.