Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by seangroves:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours well with very little head, about 1/8" that dissipates quickly. The beer color is very black, typical of a Russian Imperial. It's darkness and low appearance of carbonation is welcoming.
The beer is very easy on the nose. You can prominently smell the roasted malts used in it, with a hint of chocolate; the roasted malts are very strong in smell. There is a slight almost "fruity" smell from the hops but again it is very focused toward the malts.
The beer has a very balanced taste between the malt and hops which is surprising given the strong smell of the roasted/choc malts but is quite balanced and soothing. As is typical of Imperial Stouts it does have a strong after-bite of dark malt but is not too overpowering.
This beer feels surprisingly light in the mouth and goes down very smoothly. There is no feeling of over-carbonation yet it does not feel under-carbonated, it has struck the right balance.
This beer is very ease to consume. It would make a great session beer as it is perfect to drink at a slow-to-moderate speed, especially given its higher ABV. It's smoothness coupled with the great taste balance between the malts and hops is very inviting. I would definitely have another.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2008 03:21:23 | More by seangroves
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)
S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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