Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a beautiful and richly colored beer of deep blacks and browns. It holds a one and a half finger head of dark brown bubbles that is creamy and soft. This shows phenomenal retention, leaving sticky and thick lacing caked around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation actively rises to the top in little streams of bubbles. The aroma showcases big and roasty malts, with all of the coffee, chocolate, and molasses one could hope for. There are hints of medicinal phenols, and a woody dryness. The roast is cut by pineapple and a syrupy sweetness. With warmth there is a hotness of chilies, and hop oils sit on the far back of the nose. As we sip, robust malts and a peppery booze hit first. Surprisingly, some pineapple sugars and light hops venture in to cut the bitterness. At the top of the swallow, a sharp profile of chocolate begins, holds, and retains to fortify the transition to and earthy and hoppy finish. At the end there are big grassy and earthy hop oils, mixing with a deeper char to the alts. There is dark spice and light booze, with cutting berry sweetness. All in all it is very smooth. The aftertaste breathes of that roasty malt profile, with a little more char and a little more booze. The body is full and the carbonation is medium. There is a slickness and oiliness to the mouth, but the liquid is sticky and partially drying. There is delicious froth, slurp, and smack to each sip, and the beer warms the drinker nicely. The abv is appropriate and the beer serves as a sipper.
Overall, what we liked best about the beer was the extensive flavor profile. This beer really reminds us of why we like Russian Imperials so much. The balance is amazing, especially with such strong flavors all around. Notably, the pineapple inclusions took us by surprise, but it made for a unique flare to a great representation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2012 04:27:40 | More by TheBrewo
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.