Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,632 | Reviews: 2,568 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cjacobsen:
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 Vintage poured into a snifter
(A) Pours a little thicker, smooth, and opaque. Dark, pretty much black in color. Fairly decent brown head.
(S) Big on coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and abundant roasted maltiness.
(T) Much like the nose. There is ample coffee and cocoa, as well as the roasted dark malts. Biscuit, leather, and then some faint dark fruits make an appearance toward the end.
(M) Great balance. Full body. Not too thick, but not thin. Ends with just the right amount of dryness.
(O) This is one of my favorite, all-time stouts and it's taken me this long to review the damn thing. It's really good and with some age on it I think it becomes something amazing. 06 and 08 are by far my favorite years.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2011 21:25:32 | More by cjacobsen
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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 6,632 ratings.