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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

6,533 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,533
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,376 | FT: 77
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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jwinship83

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle poured into a nonic.

A- pours a thick looking black body under a finger of lasting coffee colored head that sticks around and leaves an even lacing on the sides of the glass. cant ask for more than that.

S- lots of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. some faint hints of dark fruits as well.

T- a lot of roasted malts upfront along with some faint figs and plums. definitely some milk chocolate. lots of coffee at the end, along with some hops.

M- nice and thick, almost chewy. slight heat from the booze, but at over 10% its extremely well hidden.

D- wow, this is one thats worthy of its following. extremely easy to finish, but at the ABV its really not a good idea to have more than one. i wish this was available in my area, but an hours drive for this makes it well worth it. cant wait to see what this one develops into! check this one out if you get the chance, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 04:55:33 | More by jwinship83
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A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)

S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)

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O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,533 ratings.