Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nycwinter:
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a chalice.
A= Thin dark creamy head dissipated to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Viscous. Alchohol and legs slide down the sides when swirled. The body is very dark, opaque, and deep red on the edges when held up to the light.
S= Tangy dried fruit. Moderate to strong alchohol smell. Roasted toasty caramel or malt backing. Very simple stout.
T= Very bitter and tangy. Very little fruit. Burnt dark chocolate aftertaste. Drier than expected. Again, pretty simple stout.
M= Full bodied. Warm alchohol feel overall.
D= Stronger than expected, but pleasant overall.
The bottle suggests to let it age. I may have jumped the gun on opening this one the same day I bought it. I will definitely buy an other and let it age a while, then reevaluate.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2009 03:45:03 | More by nycwinter
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.
Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.
Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.
Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 17:11:49 | More by KFBR392
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,645 ratings.