Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
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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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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