Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Imperial Russian Stout opens with a lovely cream-and-malt aroma that bears, on the one hand, notes of heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel, and on the other, a far darker set of aromas including ash, tobacco, and chocolate and black malt. A good set of fruit esters, including fig, date, and plum, bring out more variety, as does a good undertone of milk chocolate. The nose does bear a strong touch of alcohol, but this blends nicely with the aromas, and in fact gives the beer a slight oak/carbon scent (though it has not been barrel aged). As a whole, the nose is quite nice, the aromas exactly what are to be expected of a beer of this style, being a good mélange of cream and ash. I can’t say there’s anything necessarily revelatory about the aromas, but they are still very enticing.
On the tongue, the beer opens up with a huge smack of ash, tobacco, and espresso that is far darker and stronger than the nose let on. These dark notes are quickly joined by dark sugars--molasses, brown sugar, and fig, date, and plum fruit esters--as well as touches of heavy cream, vanilla, and anise. But the ashy notes nicely dominate the brew, giving it a solid earthy feel. There is a strong alcohol presence (10.5% ABV) throughout the mouthful, adding a vodka-like tinge to the edges, as well as touches of carbon, marking one of the beer’s few weaknesses. The aftertaste is mainly ash and tobacco, with remnants of cream and sugar, and lasts for a decent time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good fare, though I did find myself somehow wanting a bit more. Not from the ashy notes, but perhaps a few more sugars, or an additional layer of flavor to help bring out what is already there. This beer seems, in other words, to cry out for a bit of barrel aging, as a bourbon undertone would nicely complement the alcoholic, ashy tones. Still, even without this, it’s still a very nice stout, and worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2012 14:43:54 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
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.