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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

6,625 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,625
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,402 | FT: 78
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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Sponan

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. 2007 version.

Pours a thick jet black. Two fingers of a coffee brown head. The head faded slowly with lots of lacing. Aroma is strong with a combination of caramel, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste is wonderful. Sweet chocolate with hints of caramel and cherry to begin, followed by a less sweet dark chocolate and coffee finish. A hop profile in the background balances the beer nicely.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Perfect thickness - coats the mouth without that syrup like feeling. Taste is wonderful.

A fabulous RIS. The high ABV is the only drawback to drinkability. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:54:19 | More by Sponan
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humpty1602

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-23-2014 18:58:18 | More by humpty1602
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.

Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 17:11:49 | More by KFBR392
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-23-2014 04:17:19 | More by jeffaroo95
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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California

4/5  rDev -8%

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Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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avwrite

California

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, smoky looking, awesome.

S - Nice smell. Coffee and hops with good balance.

T - Best part of the experience. Nice blend of bitterness, abv, and coffee like flavors. Delicious and worth the hype.

M - Very good. Stays in your mouth with great flavor that lasts over time.

O - Get it now.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 18:31:52 | More by avwrite
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8%

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Massachusetts

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mabermud

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I grew up in Escondido and this my first time having this IRS.

This stout looks decadent. The body is pitch black. When held up to the sun there is burgundy around the edges. The head is mocha colored, fine, patchy, and persistent. The silky smooth head easily moves along the glass creating a patchwork of legs and lacing.

The beer smells decadent and rich. Sweetness, roasted malts, coffee, and then chocolate.

The taste is outstanding. Roasted malts/barley, dark bitter chocolate, and a background taste of coffee. The bitterness near the backend stands out.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is spot on. The slick, dense carbonation is world-class.

This is an outstanding IRS that stands out amongst all IRSs. For me, the bitterness at the backend of the taste doesn't do it any favors, but overall this is an extremely competitive non-BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 01:51:37 | More by mabermud
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,625 ratings.