Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
1pt 6 floz bomber into Sam S. pint glass. Limited spring 2009 release.
A - a beautiful pour, big foamy light brown head, pitch black body that is 100% opaque. Head settles down at a quick pace, leaving a copius corona of lace around the inside of the glass. the increase in head is of great appeal, and makes it look more appetizing that the rasputin.
S - smells malty-chocolate with a prick of alcohol. slight sweet molasses like scent. the dark malts are the most abundant, though the whole is not overpowering. I can see where they're going with the anise and black current, but I cannot distinctively point them out.
T - hot damn thats a good beer! the smoothness is ridiculous for a 10.5 abv brew! initial tastes are of alcohol, and the coffee-choco combination that dark beers can get. the coffee-choco combination is first on the palate and then the booze rushes in, like Raskolnikov with his axe unto the unsuspecting pawnbroker. on further analysis the alcohol is something that I think inevitably hold back the beer; the brew is good to drink, then you do not notice the alcohol, but when one keeps the beer in his mouth for a sustained period of examination the alcohol becomes a detriment, albeit a slight one, but the taste is quite powerful once it comes out. the finish is boozy, fluctuating with the coff-olate flavour; the end ihas the booze relegated to my lips, with the bitterness being more pervasive on the actual palate.
MF&D - the feel is a bit thin for how much ass this beer can kick; I would have it thicker. the drinkability is brought down by the alcohol pervasiveness, once I had found it there was no losing it out of. the carbonation is small, fizzy carbonation on the tip of my tongue
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2009 23:10:10 | More by erz316
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