Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Geezus, does Stone ever quit??? This beer is amazing. Pours black like a black hole with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen. As one would expect with this style, the head quickly reduced to a thin creamy lace which lasted about halway down the large 1 pt, 6 oz bottle.
And gawd, the aroma. Not much to add to the descriptions of others here. It's a *deep*, sweet, fruity malty aroma. Black currants, cherries, roasted coffee and alcohol -- though this last is surprisingly unobtrusive for such a potent view (9.47 ABV!)
The taste is wonderful, intense. Fruity and full-bodied. Very complex malt flavor accented by dark fruit and alcohol. Really, the best thing to do is look at the BJCP guidelines for imperial stout -- this beer fits them to a "T", with the possible exception of the noticeable hop flavor. The beer is hoppy, but as others have noticed, not quite enough for balance. But, hey, balance isn't what Stone is all about. Stone is about smacking you in the face with a style and telling you what you can do with their king-zize bottle if you don't like it. Good for them.
Really an amazing beer. The batch I got was the Spring '02 release. Bottle conditioned, so I' ve got a few tucked away in the cellar for aging. Can't wait to see how they mature.
Still a great beer. The alcohol has been ratcheted up a point and a half, and the hops seem a bit more assertive than in 02. Also, there seems to be a more noticeable roasted malt character. All in all, this lends a bit more balance to the brew, but without detracting from it's big bruiser status. Yummy.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2004 03:36:41 | More by mzwolinski
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