Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tarheels86:
4.05/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355mL 2008 ed. Pours a used motor oil black with a dark brown, small head. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, molasses, dark chocolate. Taste is not as intense as I was expecting after trying Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti. There is still an onslaught of coffee, roastiness, vanilla, and even cream. Hops shine through in the finish. Oily, coating mouthfeel. 11% is well hidden. Though it is not offensive and well balanced, I’m not picking up that extra characteristic that makes people rave about this beer. It is nearly perfect but not out of this world. 2/9/2009 8/5/8/4/15=4.0
Tap 2005 ed at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a deep motoroil with no head/no lace. Aroma is black olives, sardines, saltwater. Taste is salty pimento, black olives. Not good. Has not aged well. 10/01/2010 6/3/6/3/11=2.9
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2012 15:50:04 | More by tarheels86
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,548 ratings.