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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

6,672 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,672
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,422 | 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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TXHops

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm—illicit Stone Imperial Stout 2003 vintage... It looks pretty much like I’d have expected—jet black (though a little brown can be teased out around the very top of the pour line) with a VERY brown head of bubbles that lasts about as long as I’d have expected on a beer of this strength and viscosity. Ain’t no Dry Irish Stout… The smell was not quite as expected., though… A huge bouquet of dried, roasted coffee beans mixed with powdered cocoa and smoked, salted jerky to create some very unusual aromatics, even for a beer as necessarily complex as a big Imperial Stout. The murky, viscous body contained the whole range of expected flavors—coffee, charred beef, licorice, port and evil black fruits that have no name. Still, the interesting aspect of this beer to me was the slightly salty, slightly menthol-like aftertaste—is that the roasted barley mingling with the high alpha hops and 9.47% ABV? My chest actually feels hot and cold at the same time—like I’ve drunk Vics soothing chest rub diluted with soy sauce. Luckily the taste isn’t quite so foul ;) “Complex” doesn’t do this one justice any more than “viscous” does. Next to an un-aged Lee’s Harvest Ale (of which I took a hydrometer reading at over 1.040 once) this is the thickest beer I’ve ever consumed. Certainly there’s enough unfermented blackness in my glass to brew a Guinness.

The whole time I drank this beer, I kept having intermittent, incomplete flashbacks to my mother’s kitchen. I don’t know exactly which flavor was taking me back on that Freudian journey, but I have a guess. My mom used to bake a lot pies. The signature of my mother’s handiwork was the little stream of fruit and dough that stuck to the outside pie plate and burned there. I think this beer tastes like chasing that little hunk of carbonized starch with 80 proof port (if there is such a drink).

A monster, indeed. I’m really curious to see how this beer tastes in a year. The flavors are not at all rough or segregated, even at this VERY young age. The beer flows seamlessly from the glass into the mouth, creating a uniform, though thoroughly complex flavor profile. Kudos again to the boys at Stone for not only brewing massive beers, but brewing beers with flavorsome substance too.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 20:37:34 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
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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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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artdob

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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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,672 ratings.