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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

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 479
Gots: 1,404 | 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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augustgarage

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip.

Inky cavernous wall of liquid topped with a light frosting and slightly thicker collar of desert sand foam. Light lacing and thin oily legs.

Big aggressive aromatics - chicory, roast coffee, fennel, licorice or maybe light molasses, brown butter or possibly toasted brazil nuts, and a hint of dark fruit (figs, prunes?).

Quite roasty, and full of esters suggesting cocoa-dusted raisins. Lots of flavor, but primarily bready; I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop mid-palate, i.e. a heady dose of hops, but it never comes. Stone has stuck with a classic recipe here and resisted stamping it with their signature muscular over-dose of ingredients. Well done. There is a lingering sweetness, but the roast helps slowly dry out the finish. No diacetyl, and clean despite a hint of char.

Lush, rich, chewy, and full-bodied without being overly thick. Moderate carbonation with perhaps the faintest astringency. Alcohol is rather well concealed.

Powerful, yet compared to all the massive RIS out there, this is almost delicate.

While excellent on its own, this would be a superior addition to a BBQ marinade as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:04:36 | More by augustgarage
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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.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.