Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by knoxtennessee:
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber with 2012 vintage, drank from a wine glass
A- Pours an impossible black color with a deep brown head that sticks around longer than it has any right to.
S- Lots of rich caramel and roasted malt. Smells a lot like boiling stout wort on my stove top. A significant amount of dark dried fruit esters, plumy currants and the like. Absolutely no harsh or burnt qualities.
T- Very rich dark malt, roast coffee, dark chocolate truffles, fruity esters are a little more pronounced here. Very malty dark caramel and just enough bitterness to balance. More of that unfermented wort character, but a little less than in the aroma. Heavy.
M- Thick and velvety. Totally full bodied, viscous, and very smooth. The carbonation, alcohol, hop bitterness, and drying character from the grain keep it from being syrupy or sticky.
O- One of the best examples of the style I've ever had. I don't know how they can make a beer this rich and still achieve such balance. I didn't pick up the hops except in the bitterness, which was fine with me but I know some folks like a ton of late hopping in their IRSs.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 14:09:09 | More by knoxtennessee
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
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)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
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)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,533 ratings.