Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ryantho00:
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass from a black bomber. Comes with a nice warning on the backside of the label! 'Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!' Ha ha, nice and fitting for this wonderful beer.
I poured this aggressively to first taste, which resulted in a black, thick liquid with a nice 3 finger creamy froth that dissipate to almost nothing. A nice lacing is left behind through the brew. I poured the second taste much more carefully and the 2 finger lingered for a minute or so, but not long.
This beer exhibits roasted coffee aromas and a spicy blackcurrant and dark cherry. I get a slight hint of alcohol as well.
This is a full bodied stout that starts with roasted coffee and mocha flavors with a slight hoppiness that leads into a fruitiness of cherry, raisen, and some spice and oak. Halfway through I get some caramel and alcohol almost bourbon flavored. Everything is well blended and remarkably drinkable for this whopping 10.5%abv. I must note the bottle states its a 2011 classic release. Slightly higher than the usual IRS. I get a fruity creamy roasted coffee and cherry aftertaste that has a nice lasting effect. Well done Stone for blending everything exceptionally well together.
This is a wonderful drink and take on IRS style. In Stone's traditional bold style, not for the feint of heart!
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2011 23:04:50 | More by ryantho00
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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.
97 out of 100 based on 6,644 ratings.