Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.49/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Happy Spring Day 2014 - 4/10/14
I've kept my hands off the 2013 for 6 months, its time to seal the deal!
A: Again, the darkest of dark. A plentiful two finger head settles to a dollup of mocha colored surge your senses. I'm surprised after so a 6 month age, I should not be though....foam in the middle of my Duvel tulip. Carbonation again, appears to be more than ample.
S: Completely intoxicating. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt orange, amaretto, and... you fill in the details :)
T: Pure essence of cocao. Mixers of sweetened and condensed milk, dates, seasoned espresso beans, soaked vanilla, light brown sugar. Finishes o so roasty. The balance of cocao and acidity (maybe pomegranate?) Makes this one of the best tasting stouts I have ever had. WOOT.
M: Perfect. Smooth, velvety and a wonderful balance of bubbly chocolate and charred malt.
O: Like living in a dream, a six month age on this beer does nothing to hinder its power or its drinkability. Like I mentioned before, seek this one out and LIVE!
Happy Columbus Day 2013
I've kept my hands off this one for 6 months, its time for a treat!
A: Poured a darker than night midnight black with a creamy, frothy mocha colored head that settled fairly quickly into a than ring of fluff around the edges. Carbonation appears to be ample as it clings desperately to the edges of my tulip. Viscosity appears to be a little slippery (Founders Imperial Stout sets the benchmark).
S: Rich milk chocolate, dates, spices, anise, vanilla. Very pleasing to the senses, you can detect the individual nuances of each component.
T: A true symphony of cohesive stoutness. Thick and creamy sweetened and condensed milk intertwines with bits of toffee, espresso beans, dried raisons, anise, black cherries, malt, and burnt sugar.The alcohol burn has subdued quite nicely and really allows for the core body of flavors to shine through, and that is a good, good thing.
M: Velvet. Coats the mouth with 10W30 of stout oil we have all come to love and appreciate. Carbonation is near perfect. The balance of power on the palate is really amazing, not too thick and heavy, but not watery and thin either. The ABV adds just a warming sensation to the river coursing down your throat.
O: Insanely drinkable and just downright a pleasure enjoy. The price per pleasure ratio just can't be beat. Seek this one out..and LIVE!
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 21:15:36 | More by cooler4life
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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