Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by erz316:
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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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 6,631 ratings.