Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dmbfrat420beers:
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Presentation - 20004 22 oz. bomber with plenty of hilarious jewels to grace their bottle.
Appearance - Very dark with ruby red tint that runs along the edge. First glass I poured (perhaps a bit too lightly) lacked any decent head. The second was much better with a small, albeit tasteful dark tan head that left a nice, light lacing on the glass, but all head dissipates pretty early on - I wonder if this bottle was a bit off, will have to try some others to be sure.
Smell - Seems like too much alcohol on the nose. Otherwise, a bit of grassy hops, a bunch of roasted malts, and something that just sort of clears the sinuses. It's strong for sure, but not as great as its flavor, in my opinion
Mouthfeel - For me, this defines a chewy, full-bodied feel. Very low on the carbonation, but fine otherwise
Taste - there is just so much going on here and I can see why it gets such high ratings. Where to start...Lightly sweet malts start it out in combo with some of the grassier hop taste. Gives way to a delightful roasted malt flavor that lingers for a long time. So interesting because even though the roasted flavor is so strong, you can always detect a strong west coast hoppy bitterness at the back of the mouth and on the lips. A very interesting balance. Also noticed a strong currant taste with a dose of alcohol on the palate and warming the throat. Ends with the aforementioned roasted maltiness and some spicy flavors to top it off. It is hard to do justice to the complexity of this beer.
Drinkability - I haven't had trouble finishing this beer, but it was slow process and would dread doing 2 in a row. While I think this is amazing in terms of flavor and craftsmanship, it is no session beer.
Conclusion - Quite an interesting brew to try and I look forward to several more. Something to have over or after a meal with friends, but too heavy in alcohol and flavor to consume in large quanties. Make sure you read the bottle, komrads.
Thanks to AleOha for the bottles.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2004 04:44:00 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Got this on tap at the stone brewpub in the San Diego airport since I didn't have time to make it out to the brewery during my trip. Had it for breakfast with the duck confit eggs. Practically perfect stout for me. Licorice aroma, jet black color, nice crisp mouthfeel. Just a great clean stout. Will definitely look for it again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2014 16:45:51 | More by skipxtracer
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,957 ratings.