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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

5,995 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5995
Reviews: 2531
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%


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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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

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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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,995 ratings.