Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
4.29/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage...so right at about 3 years old. Had this at various stages of aging and remains one of my favorite beers to buy in bulk each year. Pours an opaque black color with a brown cap of head. Retention is decent and lacing pretty.
Nose is a sweet chocolate milkshake....actually - check that. It smells like a Mudslide with an extra sidecar of vodka. So rich and chocolaty with just enough dark fruit and drying alcohol. Hops that are there fresh have nearly all disappeared from the aroma.
Fans of chocolaty stouts have to love this one. Sweet, but really dry on the finish surprisingly. The roast is kept pretty low and the fruit is maybe a tic below medium. Enough hops on the finish to barely be noticeable, and the mouthfeel is rich without being chewy. For something that has been around since 2002, it has really stood the test of time with flying colors. It may not be the best stout I have ever had...but for the availability, consistency and price - it is tough to beat in my book.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2013 01:13:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the third time I've had this beer. However, I only gave it a month to condition before I drank it so the taste was less mellow than usual. However, it's still worthy of a review in my opinion. Here goes:
A: Deep, dark black. Completely opaque. Appears very thick, too. This beer, unfortunately, has no head and very little lacing (I guess it's because of the density). Also very little carbonation. Kind of disappointing.
S: Not disappointing at all. Very robust chocolate imparted from the heavily-kilned malts. Some dark fruit and licorice, but these smells are rather muted. No detectable hops or yeast. I love chocolatey RIS beers, so the smell made me smile.
T: Very good, but not perfect. Again, maybe it's because I didn't wait long enough for it to condition. Initial taste is one of dark chocolate followed by plum, raisins, dates, licorice and jam. The latter tastes linger on the palate a little too long after consumption, but maybe this is owing to the beer's thickness. Very complex flavor profile that combines chocolate with dark fruit. Good.
M: Excellent. Thick and creamy. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of carbonation.
O: A very good beer from Stone. While not perfect, it's most certainly a beer that I will be getting again and again.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 07:31:14 | More by leantom
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,548 ratings.