Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bens0n:
3.75/5 rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Got a 2012 bottle a couple months back...
This beer pours a very very dark brown color with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves big lacing chunks on the glass.
Smell wise its got a really nice dark fruit/licorice smell going on, definitely has a boozy twist to it though.
Flavor wise the dark fruits are more subdued and you get a boozy roasted malt base with a tiny bit of licorice, something syrupy plus whatever hops stone uses that seem to always stand out to me.
It has a decent viscosity but it just doesn't have one of those finishes that is characteristic of a stone brew that I'm just not a fan of. I can't really say that's a bad thing but, just not my favorite twist on an imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2012 18:27:00 | More by bens0n
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4.14/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2014 release with an 11.0% ABV.
Pitch black body with a thick, creamy, tan head. Rather sweet smell; vanilla; anise; cocoa; cherries. Chocolate-mint flavor with a nice undertone of booze and mellow hop bitterness; brownies. Heavy body; some velvety smoothness; semi-dry finish with a noticeable boozy bite.
A very good RIS full of flavor and depth. The smell was complex yet rather subdued and was the only weakness overall. Hop bitterness builds up nicely and lingers through the end. But it's the bold roasted grain flavors that tell the real story: big toasted malt flavors with a mild sugary sweetness and bitter chocolate tones. The ABV makes its presence known, too, but is well-blended with the malt and hop elements to make an overall harmonious marriage of taste and feel. Complexity and depth with a fairly easy drinking quality for such a heavy and high ABV ale make this stout a winner.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:03:51 | More by beergoot
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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