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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,674 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,674
Reviews: 2,571
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,424 | FT: 79
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Reviews by shangwang:
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

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
More User Reviews:
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mac31

California

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to tulip.

Nose: Surprisingly fruity on the nose. Dark fruits, chocolate, earthy/dirt(y).

Flavor: Sweet malty, fruity entry. Oaky sweetness and warmth, dark fruits-prunes, dark chocolate, dark roasty malts, hints of coffee, slight ashy/acrid (near finish), comes to drying finish. Minimal alcohol detected on the finish, spiciness on finish as well. Finishing bitterness (and earthiness) of hops and chocolate intertwined. High drinkability. Nice grainy, cereal finish as the beer warms. All of this is in a nice harmonious balance. You have to try this vintage (2014), a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 06:23:54 | More by mac31
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Labeorphile

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

08-01-2014 01:41:20 | More by Labeorphile
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spacebear09

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Brew looks extremely thick, no light escaping here! Dark tan head with good retention.

Smell- Prunes, raisins, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste- Chocolate, dates, coffee, vanilla, tobacco. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick like a milkshake, very oily.

Overall- Very good, but not enough to challenge the undisputed king (IMO) Old Rasputin. Still a good deal on bombers and a nice change of pace beer. It's really a shame that it gets release in April and not sometime during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 05:09:58 | More by spacebear09
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grimholm

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-31-2014 00:43:44 | More by grimholm
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BradleySig

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-30-2014 18:55:08 | More by BradleySig
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benloho

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8%

07-30-2014 04:45:16 | More by benloho
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Bobconnelly


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-30-2014 03:46:53 | More by Bobconnelly
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artdob

California

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
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DinnerTheaterBrew

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-30-2014 01:07:44 | More by DinnerTheaterBrew
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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-29-2014 23:07:09 | More by tmbgnicu
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illy0sis

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

07-29-2014 13:26:33 | More by illy0sis
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meperson

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2014 10:39:58 | More by meperson
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Jst_47

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2014 02:21:50 | More by Jst_47
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the-gobbler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

07-28-2014 16:22:26 | More by the-gobbler
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Robyn

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-28-2014 13:05:37 | More by Robyn
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EdwardK77

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2014 01:31:07 | More by EdwardK77
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2014 01:19:48 | More by Jones153
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Dash_The_Viking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2014 01:11:03 | More by Dash_The_Viking
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Liverocks

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2014 00:39:29 | More by Liverocks
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augustwest

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8%

07-27-2014 23:35:26 | More by augustwest
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alexsergio

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-27-2014 20:17:23 | More by alexsergio
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dcc449

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-27-2014 03:43:38 | More by dcc449
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satisfied1013

Kansas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-26-2014 20:59:09 | More by satisfied1013
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reaganrvltn

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-26-2014 15:06:32 | More by reaganrvltn
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,674 ratings.