Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by abankovich:
4.7/5 rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Just picked up some of the 2008 Spring release and couldn't wait to try a bottle.
This beer poured a THICK dark black. Absolutely black, with no light able to permeate the color. Definitely some viscosity to this one. The head that formed was very impressive and a nice light brown color that stuck around with a good cover frothiness.
The initial smell on this one is sweeter than I would have expected. Definite chocolate notes. I think the anise is what is coming through and I like it. Toasted aromas are also present along with coffee.
Damn this beer is good. Thick, very thick and so smooth. I can feel the warmness of the alcohol all the way down and I'm left with almost small sour pains in the back corners of my mouth from the bitterness, but in a good way. The sweetness and the toasted malt taste is balanced pretty perfectly in my opinion, I love that the hops are also so noticeable.
Mouthfeel is obviously thick and heavy but since it is so smooth, it doesn't really give you that urge where you almost feel like you have to chew as you drink. I love it.
Well at 10.8% I can't say this is a beer you could drink a lot of. But I would love to have more of it, lots and lots more.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2008 01:12:06 | More by abankovich
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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
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,670 ratings.