Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was a bomber of the 2008 version.
It pours out nice and dark, with some red/amber hues around the edges. The head was about a half inch thick and brown. There was some lacing and a few swirls of bubbles by the end, but finishing it before they die is a task. I also noticed a few little chunks, which doesn't exactly turn me off. Actually, I like seeing a bit of sediment. The smell is a bit sweet and boozy, about what you'd expect from an imperial stout. A bit of ripe fruit and deep sweetness you'd expect from roasted malts. The taste is very pleasant. The sweetness hits you first, and the taste finishes a bit sweet. But I was very happy to taste a bit of the roasted character of these. Sometimes I like that fresher taste, with a bit of bitterness from hops and malt overtaking the sweetness - and fresh, this one delivers. The alcohol is noticeable, but it blends well, like it should. And unlike some examples of the style, there is nothing to make you flinch in the taste, like the burnt tastes that accompany some darker beers. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a bit below what I expected from the taste. You don't get a whole rush. The flavors come and pass, but it doesn't make a huge difference. But there's a good bit of thickness, full enough to keep me interested - but it's thinned out a bit from the alcohol. This beer is also fairly easy to drink for the style. I never know what to do about drinkability with RISs, because you could put back 3-4 sessionable beers in the time it takes to drink the average RIS, but I enjoyed it the whole time, and the experience got better with time, and I finished it quicker than I have with some others.
Another great beer by Stone. I might pick up some of the 12oz late 2008 release to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2008 02:05:01 | More by taylorhamrick
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass
A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)
S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)
T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)
M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)
O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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