Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz. bottle. Re-reviewing this based on my second experience.
A: Black. Absolutely BLACK. This beer devours light and all semblances of color. It pours thick and syrupy and creates a frothy beige head that retains well and leaves tan lacing all over the glass.
S: Roasted, slightly burnt black coffee. Strong roasted grain aroma as well. Everyone seems to agree that the chocolate notes are the strongest, but I was only picking up subtle traces of chocolate in the nose. Hints of alcohol seep through.
T: A very rich and complex combination of dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar and some roasted black coffee. The chocolate seems to be the lingering flavor, with a quick twang of warm alcohol and caramel in the finish. Strong roasted grain flavors remain after the beer has gone down.
M: Nearly syrupy. Very thick. Very full-bodied. Very mild, but still evident, carbonation makes this one go down smooth. 10.6% ABV, you say? Funny... Doesn't feel like it...
O: This is an extremely deceiving brew. Complex, rich flavors with one of the smoothest, creamiest bodies I've ever experienced makes this one truly world-class. If you have the chance to try this one, but pass it up... Shame on you!
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 06:11:23 | More by ThePaintedGrey
More User Reviews:
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 6,637 ratings.