Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by weazal:
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampled a 2006 and 2008 in Dec 2010.
2006 - Brighter, more acidic. Overall light and sweet. Definitely chocolate and coffee. The aroma was too faint. Rating=3
2008 - Smelled thicker, less bright and had a more dense aroma. Chocolate was more prevalent than coffee. Rating=4
2006 - Thick, strong, bold, and nicely rounded. The duration of the experience wasn't too short and not too long. A bit smoky and most of the flavor kicked in towards the end with a rich chocolate notes. Rating=4.5 to 5.
2008 - Had a similar initial taste as the 2006, but the flavor ended too quickly and lightly. There's a smokiness that kicks in halfway, but everything seems to drop off prematurely. Leaving a lingering bitterness at the end. Rating=4.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2011 02:08:01 | More by weazal
More User Reviews:
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 6,557 ratings.