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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4.21/5 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.