Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by eslemarc:
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2011 classic release, bomber poured into a snifter.
Pours black, looked like coffee as it swirled around the glass. There's a dark cappuccino colored head that stand 1-2mm tall, looks very thick and tightly packed. There's no light getting through this dark bastard. The head very quickly dissipated to a very splotchy coating on top of the beer, no apparent lacing.
This beer smells very toasty, almost pushing burnt. There's a little bit of booze on the nose, notes of anise and even a little hop character. (the smell makes me think 'burnt marshmallows and campfire', though it's not campfirey)
Very powerful carbonation dancing along the tongue and palate all the way through the finish. There's a lot of alcohol coming through the oddly placed malt sweetness. It's very drinkable considering it's 10.5abv, it just goes down rather smoothly.
As the bottle recommended, I have a few in store for a cold winter night a year or two from now. The beer is good now, but I'd imagine it'll even better later.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2011 00:08:54 | More by eslemarc
More User Reviews:
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 6,639 ratings.