Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by twelvsies:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Revisiting an old classic. With all the hubbub and hassle surrounding imperial / barrel aged / special release stouts these days (don't get me wrong, also delicious), it's nice to know that one of the best is always there waiting on the shelf for you.
Pours nearly black, very slight brownish ruby hints when held up to a light, supple beige foam, nice life. Deep aromas of charred wood, leather, fig, and a boatload of roasted malt flavors. Not overly on the chocolate or coffee, which I tend to think let's the more exotic flavors shine. First gulp is full and intense, very warming. Loads of ripeness, rich, earthy, soaked currant raisin fig fruity, nice mellow roastyness and the slightest bitter edge cutting through. Images of smoke, leather, tobacco. Milky and voluptuous the palate with a slight chewyness and surrounded by a definite heft and warmth. Perfect for ushering in the colder weather on a rainy fall night, while I wait for my landlord to turn on the damn heat. Only gets better with age for at least 2 years that I can vouch for. Don't overlook this beast due to it's lack of non-availability.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2010 01:18:16 | More by twelvsies
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4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours with half a finger of khaki head which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind at each level.
Smell: Dark fruit, bitter chocolate, plenty of hops, and sweet malts jump out right away. Each time you take a pull, a different aroma seems to stand out. Caramel and molasses sweetness carries into the body and is the biggest player throughout drinking. Lightly roasted malts with some dry coffee grounds picked up on the back end.
Taste: The front is waves of velvety smooth malts washing over the palate. Body opens up with bitter chocolates and and bright hops. Espresso and coffee grounds provide some earthy flavors on the back end. A malt sweetness runs throughout which clashes a touch with the hops and chocolate but goes so well with everything else. The finish is that easy sweetness with some light roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Transitions of sweetness, roasted coffee and malts, and creamy textures are great. Carbonation is spot on.
Overall: For me, Stone is one of the truly great breweries I have access to. Their lineup is complex and affordable, yet all their beers have their signature hop profile that says "this is american hoppy beer". This is a great RIS that I look forward to every year. In the end, they make great beer so they get my money.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 17:11:49 | More by KFBR392
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,637 ratings.