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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,672 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,672
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,422 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and dense black, essentially no color coming through this beer at all, with a thick, creamy, deep-tan head that has great staying power. Nice lacing left on the glass, especially for a RIS. The nose hits with some bittersweet chocolate and dense, dark fruit sweetness (think raisins and prunes). The initial taste is very sweet to the tongue, following heavy with that raisin-prune flavor, along with bits of anise. Roasted malts are plentiful as well as the bittersweet chocolate flavor that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Halfway through the sip, the oats, grains, woody, and burnt oak flavors come alive followed by a final bite of bitterness that resonates in the mouth upon swallowing. Coffee is heavy and noticeable as the main aftertaste in this one. Very nice. Very heavy and creamy with medium-low carbonation.

Good RIS here. In the beginning, a bit too sweet for my tastes, however, as it warms up, it becomes more balanced with the deep oats, grains, oak, and coffee flavors. This beer definitely gets better as the glass gets warmer and the sweetness starts to mellow out a bit.

EDIT: 4/5/2013

2007 vintage, thanks Chris. Either this beer transforms amazingly with age, or my palate has been refined over the last half year, but this was much better than I remember it from the first time (and I still thought it was pretty good). Less of the nearly-cloying anise and licorice (much less, actually) and quite a bit more cocoa powder and even a hefty dose of coffee beans in the aftertaste. Decent roast from the malts and still a solid alcohol warmth after all these years. Mouth feel wasn't as amazing as I remembered it, though. No oxidation - wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 12:00:10 | More by tectactoe
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spacebear09

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Brew looks extremely thick, no light escaping here! Dark tan head with good retention.

Smell- Prunes, raisins, coffee, soy sauce.

Taste- Chocolate, dates, coffee, vanilla, tobacco. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick like a milkshake, very oily.

Overall- Very good, but not enough to challenge the undisputed king (IMO) Old Rasputin. Still a good deal on bombers and a nice change of pace beer. It's really a shame that it gets release in April and not sometime during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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California

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
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,672 ratings.