Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.64/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From the 22 fl. oz. bomber - 2012 batch. sampled on February 9, 2013.
The pour is black with a modest, silky brown head that settles down after a moment to a ring around the glass.
Loads of interesting aroma including dark roasted malts, currants or other dark fruits, coffee, and a mellow hop note that some might think is alcohol.
The body is bold and smooth.
The taste is vibrant with mouth coating dark malts, sweetness, and a mild lingering hop bitterness. But smooth. The 10%+ alcohol is well-integrated into this beer yet it brings on a definite light-headedness if drunk too quickly. This is a fine Imperial Stout and could easily be on my Top 10 favorite beers list.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 19:49:59 | More by puboflyons
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.
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