Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by uberabr:
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is so intense. Everything about it is bold and robust, it makes quite an impression.
Poured from a 22 into a snifter. Moderate carbonation and mild mocha colored head. Appearance is a deep black with some reddish hues. Not much lacing. Aroma is pretty subtle but it's very nice -- a roasted malty nut predominates along with some crisp hop and a slight estery plum. A hint of molasses and grape, it's got a light fruity thing going on in the background.
Body is wonderful, it's light and effervescent in the mouth. Extremely drinkable for such an alcoholic brew. Taste is rich, it really explodes in the mouth, and seems to have distinct waves of various flavors coming through. Initially it's a little bitter, just light and frothy and a tad phenolic. It then quickly rounds out into a rich combination of chocolates, caramels, and roasted nuts, with some apple and orange peel. Maybe a touch of black tea. It leaves the mouth with a buttery malt, more of the phenols, and a touch of that acidic orange peel. It's literally mouth watering, and my glass is getting empty quickly.
All in all a lovely brew and a very impressive imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2010 18:46:23 | More by uberabr
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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 6,636 ratings.