Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kinger:
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Spring 2006 edition, I wanted to let this cellar longer but to be honest it never stood a chance I had to open this up and try it. Pours pitch black into my imperial pint glass reminds me of motor oil, very slick and thick. Large brown head that soon becomes nothing and leaves no lacing I expected this due to the very high abv. Aroma is fantastic blending sweet malts, dark roasted malts, licorice, and even smells like plums and raisins. The aroma also gives off an insanely strong alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is perhaps the best I've ever experienced, this is the fullness and thickness I've been looking for and a smooth finish to boot you can almost feel the alcohol evaporate before you ultimately swallow. Flavor is phenominal sweet fruity yet dark and bitter. Two opposites clash but yield a wonderful taste, if only that strong alcohol wouldn't kick so hard this is near perfect especially for this style. The licorice and dark fruits also repeat themselves in the taste. Surprisingly sweet and smooth this is nice on the palate, overall a truly wonderful creation.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2008 22:21:25 | More by kinger
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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