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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,935 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5935
Reviews: 2528
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me in Fort Collins while visiting her sister. She knows the stuff I can't get in central IL and gets some for me while she's out that way (she always calls me from the liquor store and says "have you had this?" and "can you get this in Springfield?" She's great!

A - Thick and black like motor oil, with a trace of the purplish-rainbow sheen that you can see in old nasty oil that leaks onto the ground underneath old beaters. Held to the light, not a trace makes its way through. The head is initially four fingers of deep tan to light brown cream, and retention stays at about two fingers for the duration. Lots of really thick and creamy lace sticks to the glass, forming big sheets of super-dense foam.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies and German chocolate cake. Fudge brownies, melted dark chocolate chips, French vanilla coffee creamer (liquid), and lightly toasted marshmallows. This is smells ridiculously sweet and chocolaty; smells really nice and sweet but smells like it's overly chocolaty and sugary.

T - Much more well-rounded than it smells. The chocolate brownie, fudge, double chocolate chip notes are still there, but a bitter dark baker's chocolate and almost sour lactic note come through. This is much like a cafe mocha in that it's slightly bitter from espresso and dark chocolate, but sweetened by steamed milk, sugar, and cocoa powder. There is also a high level of hops that gives away it's west coast origin, and a lightly smoked flavor adds complexity.

M - Thick, viscous, but oddly simultaneously chalky. Reminds me of a handful of ash soaked in water and placed in the mouth. The sweet super-chocolate notes up front and the bitter hops and roasted flavors on the back end confuse the palate.

D - I'm surprised by this one. I thought it would be an outstanding brew, but while not bad it's no where near as nice as expected based on everyone else's ratings on this site. Chalk it up to personal preference, but I think that this is a confusingly complicated beer that I think might improve DRASTICALLY with age (mine is a Spring 2009 batch, so it's super-young).

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 19:22:25 | More by pmcadamis
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funkyaudio

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 release with an 11.0% ABV.

Pitch black body with a thick, creamy, tan head. Rather sweet smell; vanilla; anise; cocoa; cherries. Chocolate-mint flavor with a nice undertone of booze and mellow hop bitterness; brownies. Heavy body; some velvety smoothness; semi-dry finish with a noticeable boozy bite.

A very good RIS full of flavor and depth. The smell was complex yet rather subdued and was the only weakness overall. Hop bitterness builds up nicely and lingers through the end. But it's the bold roasted grain flavors that tell the real story: big toasted malt flavors with a mild sugary sweetness and bitter chocolate tones. The ABV makes its presence known, too, but is well-blended with the malt and hop elements to make an overall harmonious marriage of taste and feel. Complexity and depth with a fairly easy drinking quality for such a heavy and high ABV ale make this stout a winner.

Serving type: bottle

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Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, dark brown head with excellent retention and quickly-sliding lacing. Brew is very dark.

Massive roasted barley aroma, with some chocolate malt, cream, and a little booze. Intended direction for this imperial stout is immediately evident.

Flavor follows the nose strongly. Tons and tons of roasted barley, with just a hint of very dark cacao. Cream and wheat, and a tiny bit of banana (likely from yeast). There is a slightly metallic off-taste, but I think it's likely from the barley. Extremely strong and assertive.

Remarkably balanced mouthfeel, given the strength and aroma. Thick, creamy, and smooth, a hair lighter than chewy. Some noticeable heat at the end.

Excellent, but mostly one-dimensional, imperial stout. It smacks you in the face with gobs of roasted barley, never hides its allegiance, and pulls it off in a very tasty package.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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Food Pairing - Ripe banana: Interesting, metal flavor is highlighted but the sweeter fruit qualities are elevated as well.
90% Dark Chocolate: A terrific match of richness and bitterness without muddling the more enjoyable flavors.

A - Opaque black, deep red at the thinnest edge. Foamy head which left nice lacing.
S - Soft. Cocoa, cream, faint anise. Bread, some nuttyness. Very inviting.
T - At 11%, the alcohol hits fast and hard, with a surge of hops behind it- its name is deserved! Dark bitter chocolate cut with some vanilla, cola, anise, black cherry and lime rind bite that lasts, becoming slightly metallic, and a slightly unpleasant cough-medicine astringency.
M - Quite smooth. Chewy, not quite syrupy, dry finish
O - In case the brand and the name weren't warning enough, this stout isn't one to be taken lightly. Best used as a dessert compliment rather than solo.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,935 ratings.