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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,552 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,552
Reviews: 2,565
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,381 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a duvel tulip (needa snifter)

pours motor oil black with a dark khaki 1 inch head, which proceeds to die down

dark chocolate, black coffee, roastiness, slight alcohol in the nose

subdued roasted coffee with some semi sweet chocolate. simple!

full bodied to the max. goes down scary smooth.

classic. simple. perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:21:28 | More by ikantspel
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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.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,552 ratings.