Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: Jet black, with about an inch of coffee-colored head resting on top. After a couple of minutes the head settles down into a nice coaster-thick cap. The cap stick around even as I drink and doesn't fully disappear until mid-glass. The lacing is quite nice as well, covering about 70% of the back of the glass. This is a good looking stout.
SMELL: Roasty notes of coffee through first in the IRS's nose with a twinge of bitter dark chocolate underneath.
TASTE: The coffee is still the star of the show here, but the chocolate notes come through a lot stronger and they're accented by a pleasant hop bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: For such an oily looking pour, the body is much lighter than expected. A light carbonation tickles the back of the mouth as it goes down smooth.
OVERALL: Unlike most other Imperial Stouts I've tried this one has a hop character that really comes through. The hops are not simply there to balance out an abundance of malt. This makes for a pleasant and more easy-drinking stout...at least if you're a hop head.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 04:51:57 | More by StoneTSR
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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
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,636 ratings.