Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hoplover82:
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've been waiting for this one get to Tx for a while. It's finally here!!!
A-Pours pitch black with a beautiful thick coffee colored creamy head that has pretty good retention and nice uniformed rings of lacing.
S-I smell loadfulls of roasted barley and strong toffee notes too. Then it turns into a beautiful bouket of chocolate and coffee wofting into my nose. Very nice balance in the aroma. Mmmm, after it warms a little, some licorice notes come into play.
T-The flavor is pretty staight foward with bitter sweet chocolate and roasty malty goodness. Not complex but very good.
M-Man, I don't think the mouthfeel could be any better. It's soooo creamy and full bodied. In no way is this beer harsh because of the abv, it's a little hot but it's not "hot" perse.
D-Very smooth drinking for a beer of this stature. Please, if you can, treat yourself to this wonderfully brewed ale. You won't be dissapointed. But don't drink too much, it sneeks up on you...
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2009 03:00:36 | More by hoplover82
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4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,552 ratings.