Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by shangwang:
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage - poured into a Guinness glass
I've been saving this for a blustery cold night, and it finally has arrived. Poured viscous and black, like crude oil. A finger of mocha head quickly reduced to a thin layer with almost no lacing on the glass. Smelled of sweet roasted malt like breakfast cereal, with some coffee bean and chocolate notes - unbelievably appealing. This may about as perfect a smell as I can imagine for this style. Decadent and rich are two words that came to mind with the first taste of this brew. There was a strong roasted character throughout the taste with a slight lingering sweetness of dark fruit. Definitely a booziness about it as well, and lots of baker's chocolate bitterness. It was a very complex taste - lots of delicious flavors. Mouthfeel was heavy - a little bit of carbonation and lots of creaminess. The mouthfeel very nicely complimented the flavor.
Overall, this was a fantastic beer. I'm a big fan of this style, and this is as good a take on it as anything I've tried before. Draining a bomber on my own was far too easy, and I'll be looking for this one annually. I'm curious to compare it to the Belgo version, but that's for another review!
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 22:53:52 | More by shangwang
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3.64/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This review is for the 2014 release. Dark black pour. I chilled this one a bit (though I usually don't do this with Imperial Stouts), and got almost no head. Very light tan remnants floating on top of the glass.
On the nose, fudge chocolate dominates. This is mixed with an underlying herbal aroma, almost like basil. Also getting some root vegetable tones - carrots - demonstrating complexity.
Palate reveals complexity as well. Light roastiness. Light chocolate. Cherry. Blueberry jam. French roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel has decent carbonation, acceptable amount for the style.
Finish is medium light.
I had Stone's Woot stout earlier this week which in comparison is an outstanding brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 03:40:39 | More by artdob
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,670 ratings.