Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,545 | Reviews: 2,565 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by boesesfleisch:
4.36/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Black, with no light coming through. It has a dark brown head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: Intensely chocolatey and complex. With subtle coffee and anise notes. Blown away by the odors coming out of this container even before serving.
Taste: Burnt coffee with subtle astringency, along with all the smells described above.
Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. There is some heat coming from the high ABV.
Overall: One of the best RIS, I'm curious to see how it ages a few years from now. Needless to say, I will be picking this up again.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 01:11:31 | More by boesesfleisch
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,545 ratings.