Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Real Ale snifter.
A: Pours like new motor oil out of it's plastic container. Creamy thick light brown head rises up from the depths of the black hell that is this beer and slowly grows thicker and higher until it reaches its pinnacle. Only to grasp and miss at the freedom it seeks outside the glass before it fades slow down the sides clinging to every inch of the sides of the glass on the way down. Lacing is incredibly thick and plentiful
S: Usual suspects for Russian Imperial Stouts - cocoa, roasted dark malts, slight coffee, dark fruits. ABV is present but blended in nicely with the rest of the ingredients. This is a perfect meld of aromas.
T: Cocoa hits first...fine dark imported swiss cocoa. Followed quickly by hop bitterness that does just enough to take over for the natural bitterness brought on by the pure cocoa. Next comes the sweetness brought on by some excellent dark roasted malts that really make this beer shine. ABV is hiding like a shadow in the dark...not to be seen but most certainly to be felt if crossed. Really leaves a wonderful lingering aftertaste that pulls me back in for sip after sip after sip. She's a relentless, yet satisfying beast.
M: Damn perfect mouthfeel. Creamy, big finish but quick and smooth. Carbonation is like the perfect professional sports referee - never noticed but absolutely effective. Mouth coating is superb and leaves me continuously grasping for more.
O: A complete homerun of a stout. I don't think there is a better staple beer than this one. God damn Stone is good at making beautiful exquisite go-to beers that are just always there when you need them. Like the perfect marriage.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 01:41:23 | More by suspect
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4.19/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle from the 2013 release. It's been in my fridge for about a year, decided to finally sit down and review a bottle.. have had this on two different occasions, but apparently just never got around to writing a review on it.
App- Dark black body, opaque with a nice one finger mocha head that retains fairly well, really nice thin lacing that sinks into the beer. Nice mocha collar and thin film. Looks the part.
Smell- Even at room temp, all I get is a bit of dark fruit and chocolate. No coffee, no roast, no brown sugar, nothing else to tell me this is a true RIS. I would like a lot more that I get here.
Flavour- What it doesn't deliver in the nose, it does deliver on the palate. Charred malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate, a bit of espresso and a slick syrupy sweet molasses finish. Robust, complex with a lot going on.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, perfectly carbonated. Slick, coating my mouth in bitter chocolate with sweet molasses; it's definitely a sipper due to the intensity of the flavour and its slick nature; there isn't a ton of heat or anything like that.
Overall- Probably one of the best deals out there in terms of Russian Imperial Stouts in bombers at $6.99. Founders Imperial Stout is a better beer and a better value, but for our friends in California who don't get Founders or Dark Horse, this is an excellent and overlooked option.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:25:55 | More by Stevedore
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Pretty black, minimal coffee lacing. Must have some carb, because little fishes are biting insects at the surface.
S- charred dark fruits, molasses, toffee, burnt caramel
T- More dark fruit. This one is probably aged perfectly. No oxidation present. Some chocolate and molasses. Some biting black liquorice at the end
M- Pretty thick for a stout, nothing major. Some carb
O- A great stout. Very well done; simple and to the point
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:25:27 | More by gueuzedreg
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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