Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bashiba:
4.88/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Thank you chilidog for the chance to try this exceptional beer.
Wow what can I say that already hasn't been said, but this beer is fantastic. From picking up the beautiful Gargoyle Bottle to the last drop a great experience.
Appearance - Pours a thick black color which no light penetrates with a small coffee tan colored head that continues to lace down the side of the glass until the very bottom.
The smell is not quite as strong as I would have guessed but there are hints of Blackened Malts, Espresso, Chocolate, Kurant, Anise. All fighting to escape. Great.
The taste is simply WOW - what an explosion of flavor. I am instantly hit by the power of the Sweet Black Malts and a fruity Kurant Flavor. It is quickly followed by a strong Anise and Coffee flavors. There is some nice hoppiness at the end along with the nice warming alcohol notes, but overall the flavor is dominated by the amazing complexities and not so much the hops or malts. Very Cool.
The Mouthfeel is a combination of a creamy fuzziness with a nice warming charachteristic. Great
The drinkability is fantastic, I got the bottom of the glance and imediatly wanted more. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that I can't get it on a regular basis and now that makes me very sad because I want another.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2004 04:52:12 | More by bashiba
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A - Completely opaque and motor oil black. Has a thick and creamy look to it. Poured with a very thick brown head, which dissipated very quickly.
S - Strong smell of alcohol. Sweet, sour, and malty notes. A hint of coffee. Smell is not that strong at first.
T - Sweet chocolaty taste at the front. A strong coffee taste, and the alcohol definitely makes its presence felt, but that is to be expected with 11%. Mild bitter aftertaste. The taste got better as the beer warmed up.
M - Silky silky smooth. May be the smoothest mouth feel i have gotten from a beer. Also very heavy with a strong alcohol burn.
O - Very nice and very very smooth beer. Pleasant sweet taste at the start, and the finish is not too bitter.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 15:06:21 | More by silverblaze540
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,997 ratings.