Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by biggied:
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz Spring 2010 on tap at Stone Gardens.
A: Jet-black with a medium brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a somewhat thick ring of lace behind.
S: Very, very rich chocolately smell with some notes of caramel and a sligtly harsh touch from the alcohol. This smells very rich and inviting.
T: Very nice roasty beginning, finishing with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Also has a hint of sour alcohol. The hops from this one have probably aged away, but there is a slight hint of grassiness after the finish.
M: Thick, chewy, and creamy body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish with a bit of a warmth from the alcohol at the end. Very heavy.
D: This beer is great. Not the best stout I had- I haven't tried this one without age, but I can imagine that the flavor brings out the rich flavor of this which is extremely enjoyable. This beer needs to be sipped and savored and probably cellared before that.
Serving type: bottle
Serving type: on-tap
08-13-2010 03:14:28 | More by biggied
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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.