Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by swhitt:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is one seriously delicious beer. I haven't been reviewing in a while due to laziness, but this one prompted me to get of my lazy ass and open up notepad. I had the 2006 last year, and it was good. This bottle is from the Spring 2007 release and it is absolutely amazing. Courtesy of the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston- those guys are great, check them out.
Pours completely black into my dogfish head pint glass with an off-brown foamy head. This isn't very heady but it still looks damn good. Smell is malty and dark chocolate/espresso with a bunch of floral notes from the hops. Taste is smooth and accentuated by the hops. ROASTY and some serious (but good) alcohol heat. Wow.
I got a half case, but I doubt I'll be able to age any of these. I just don't have the strength to not drink this bomber of happiness.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2007 22:30:13 | More by swhitt
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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 6,668 ratings.