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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,935 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5935
Reviews: 2528
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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flip387

Texas

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.0

Pours coffe brown with a slight rich head. Dark black in the glass.

Smell: 3.75

Subtle sweet aromas, hints of chocolate and roasted flavors.

Taste: 4.25

Slight bitterness from the alcohol, full body, and roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.5

Rich and bitter taste. Notes of chocolate and roasted flavors. Has a slight aftertaste. Very heavy and dark.

Overall: 4.25

A heavy, dark and rich beer with initial bitter bite. Leaves a roasted coffee to chocolate flavor after which is quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 18:27:14 | More by flip387
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A very good RIS full of flavor and depth. The smell was complex yet rather subdued and was the only weakness overall. Hop bitterness builds up nicely and lingers through the end. But it's the bold roasted grain flavors that tell the real story: big toasted malt flavors with a mild sugary sweetness and bitter chocolate tones. The ABV makes its presence known, too, but is well-blended with the malt and hop elements to make an overall harmonious marriage of taste and feel. Complexity and depth with a fairly easy drinking quality for such a heavy and high ABV ale make this stout a winner.

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Big, dark brown head with excellent retention and quickly-sliding lacing. Brew is very dark.

Massive roasted barley aroma, with some chocolate malt, cream, and a little booze. Intended direction for this imperial stout is immediately evident.

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A - Opaque black, deep red at the thinnest edge. Foamy head which left nice lacing.
S - Soft. Cocoa, cream, faint anise. Bread, some nuttyness. Very inviting.
T - At 11%, the alcohol hits fast and hard, with a surge of hops behind it- its name is deserved! Dark bitter chocolate cut with some vanilla, cola, anise, black cherry and lime rind bite that lasts, becoming slightly metallic, and a slightly unpleasant cough-medicine astringency.
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,935 ratings.