Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Late Spring 2003 Release
Appearance: Pours a viscous pitch black. Little carbonation, and an aggressive pour yields a modest tan head. Sticky spots of lacing shellac the inside of the glass.
Smell: The only evidence of oxidation in this 2+ year-old bottle are slight hints of sherry in the nose. The alcohol has mellowed entirely, with nary a bit of booze. Sweet malt aromas touched by bittersweet cocoa powder and fresh-ground espresso dominate any hop presence.
Taste: Incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth, with the initial flavors of cocoa combining with that to give the distinct impression I'm drinking a cellar-temp café mocha. Amazingly drinkable for a beer this big. Age has done this one right! Big espresso bite after the swallow, with a lightly bitter and slightly astringent finish. Warming alcohol presence noticeable in the flush of my face, but not in the taste. Excellent imperial stout, and a definite top five beer overall for me.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2005 04:04:48 | More by rabidawg
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