Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by psuKinger:
3.8/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
22 ounce bomber, 2012 release, poured into my Stone RIS tulip.
A: Pours pitch black and thick, like motor oil. Thin, light brown head on top that dissipated quickly, and only a thin lining rimmed the glass within a minute.
S: Roastiness. Black licorice. A touch of something that reminds me of seared, charred meat. A whiff of coffee as well.
T: The black licorice is definitely there. Big and bold, arriving early. And I'm standing behind my assertion that something here tastes like that delicious "crust" you find on the edge of a good seared steak. A little oak barrel as well. I'm not sure if this is barrel-aged or not, but I'm tasting a little charred wood.
Piney hop bitterness on the back end, and maybe a touch of grapefruit as well. No alcohol "burn" the way some Imperial Russian Stouts do, but it's certainly not "hidden" either.
M: Thick. Hefty. The carbonation level is low but appropriate for this style. The finish is dry, with big roasty charred notes and a touch of pine bitterness left behind at the finish.
D/O: I enjoyed my first 14-ounce-pour of this beer. It's big, bold, and flavorful. But, ultimately, I'm just not sure that "Russian Imperial Stout" is a style I really enjoy. This might be my favorite example of the style, but it's still not particularly drinkable for me, and wore as me as I worked through the bomber.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2012 23:29:58 | More by psuKinger
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4.34/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A - Completely opaque and motor oil black. Has a thick and creamy look to it. Poured with a very thick brown head, which dissipated very quickly.
S - Strong smell of alcohol. Sweet, sour, and malty notes. A hint of coffee. Smell is not that strong at first.
T - Sweet chocolaty taste at the front. A strong coffee taste, and the alcohol definitely makes its presence felt, but that is to be expected with 11%. Mild bitter aftertaste. The taste got better as the beer warmed up.
M - Silky silky smooth. May be the smoothest mouth feel i have gotten from a beer. Also very heavy with a strong alcohol burn.
O - Very nice and very very smooth beer. Pleasant sweet taste at the start, and the finish is not too bitter.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 15:06:21 | More by silverblaze540
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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