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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,965 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5965
Reviews: 2530
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first review, hello all! wish me luck!

grabbed a 22oz of this on a recent trip down the street to the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured from 2011 Classic Release bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours like a nice black, roast coffee. foamy, light brown lacing. looks opaque inside glass. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

Smell: smoky, bbq, oak, dark chocolate, almost a hazelnut cappuccino vibe in there as well. like walking through a burning forest. a roasting, chocolaty forest.

Taste: pretty alchi-tasting, surprisingly. at 10.5% alcohol this may come as a surprise to few, but with most of Stone's creations I've had the taste hits you before the alcohol, not here. aside from that, very much like the smell. oak, coffee, lacquer, hint of dark chocolate. for some VERY strange reason this beer consistently reminds me of Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale, must be the slightest hint of an herb akin to juniper somewhere.

Mouthfeel: pleasant enough for it's high alco content foundation, doesn't hover long after it goes down, "burnt cigar" aftertaste as a friend of mind so wittingly put it once, as with most Imperial Russian Stouts.

Overall: surprised. Stone has always been held high, if not the highest in my brewer's book. although I haven't had the entire catalog or anything, Arrogant Bastard has long been my favorite beer, Ruination and IPA are great, and having the Sublimely Self-Righteous for the first time the other day, I can definitely say this one just falls short of the others. perhaps it was the barrel or bottle, I won't hesitate to give it another try one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:50:24 | More by thatruth
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 5,965 ratings.