Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage. A surprisingly top-notch Imperial Stout; despite its lofty spot on the BA rankings it’s always a pleasure to find a beer of this quality just sitting on shelves at a perfectly reasonable price.
Pours jet black, tight, creamy brown head; strong retention and lace; chocolate forward aroma with moderate roastiness; hints of anise; faded but lingering hops; very faint booze. The flavor is really nice and well-rounded, balancing some roasted, hoppy bitterness with a bit of sugary sweetness that’s very much in check and is never cloying. Both bitter and milk chocolate flavors emerge, although not quite as prominently as in the aroma. Again there is a light hit of anise and restrained booze; molasses, and faint coffee notes although that is clearly a tertiary flavor component.
Full bodied but not massive; medium to slightly low in carbonation, so it’s very much alive but not fizzy at all; quite smooth and creamy with just a touch of chewy stickiness. Really a pleasure to drink; I’ll grab this anytime I see it from now on and stash them in the cellar. Again it’s a phenomenal buy at 5 or 6 bucks a bomber.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2012 13:25:40 | More by tobelerone
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