Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.97/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a tulip glass. Noticed a surprising lack of a head though there was some carbonation noticable in the beer once poured. The color is dark, almost completely opaque with minimal effervesence. Once the glass was brought to the nose, the joy began. This amazing brew displayed a burnt toffee, espresso, caramel, molasses, black currant, and prune nose. Imagine pouring a burnt espresso over a caramel and currant tart. Wow! The first sip was almost sheer horror! Your palate needs to be ready for this monster! But after our initial shock, the beer seemed to get better with each sip.
The palate is dominated by burnt espresso and coffee flavors with some caramel hints. The beer is weighty and rich without seeming too heavy. I would pair this with dessert, especially chocolate, or rich food such as game or stew. It is especially nice on its own.
I want to hate Stone Brewery because everybody I know raves about their beer, but I have to admit that their popularity is well deserved.
(Tasted Aug 24, 2009)
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2009 21:35:38 | More by cbarrett4
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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