Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Limited Spring 2009 Release.
Drinking this as I type. Was intending to keep this a little longer but became one of those 'special occasions because I opened the beer' moments you hear about in movies like Sideways.
Typical stout appearance. One quarter inch darkisg magnolia head which thins over the course of the drink but never fully disappears. Opaque glossy black. Dark earthy tar-ish nose but sort of subtle about it.
Very very very long on the palate, so intense and so long (yeah, I mentioned that) but just not overly heavy but intense, dense, eartry and complex too.. Love the 100% like black chocolate quality too. There's a tannic vinous quality about it as well. The booze slowly creeps up on you.
Truly great. A true Imperial Russian Stout but not stupidly huge and roidish either. Just right.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 22:21:07 | More by Zimbo
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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 6,637 ratings.