Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thatruth:
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
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Comes out jet black with a finger of brown head that slowly dissipates. Alcohol legs are on full display. On the nose I get roasted grains that lend a coffee aroma, plus charred wood, smoked meat, earthy hops, and some alcohol. The taste has a creamy chocolate quality with black currants, coffee, more of those earthy hops, and an astringent taste from the roasted grains. It feels quite full-bodied in the mouth and goes down velvety.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:14:46 | More by itsscience
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Got this on tap at the stone brewpub in the San Diego airport since I didn't have time to make it out to the brewery during my trip. Had it for breakfast with the duck confit eggs. Practically perfect stout for me. Licorice aroma, jet black color, nice crisp mouthfeel. Just a great clean stout. Will definitely look for it again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2014 16:45:51 | More by skipxtracer
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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