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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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97
world-class

5,949 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5949
Reviews: 2528
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-02-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

The website says this was bottled on April 16, so this is a couple weeks shy of 6 months old.

A: Black and opaque, with a dark tan head of a finger in height. Retention is fair, with a little amount of lace.

S: Aromas are of chocolate, licorice, dark malts, alcohol, ripened fruits and alcohol.

T: Taste is rich, starting off with sweetness that then leads into a bittersweet flavor, as in dark chocolate to unsweetened chocolate. A moderate amount of hop bitterness and also a coffee-like dark roast counter the sweetness.

M: Creamy body with low amounts of carbonation. The finish is again rich, of burnt grains and coffee, plus dark chocolate. Mellows out and improves as it warms to room temperature.

O: A heavy hitting stout makes this a slow sipping beer. I enjoyed it but wonder if a little more time might take off some of the coffee/roasted bitterness and make it all the better.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:47:31 | More by sommersb
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,949 ratings.