Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,555 | Reviews: 2,565 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Skidz:
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
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.