Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xnicknj:
4.35/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.
A - Black as night and viscous with a frothy coffee brown head, bubbling up and unleashing a thick head with substantial retention and some stick lacing.
S - Thick roasted malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of booze.
T - This beer is massive. Beginning with heavy malts mixed with grain, some rich sweetness kicks in with molasses and roasted qualities. The 10.5% alcohol is present but definitely not overbearing, as dark fruit and chocolate flavors wrap around the palate along with a dash of heat from the booze and hops. It finishes clear and dry along with some tingly warmth and stickiness.
M/D - An overall mix of creaminess, smoothness, warmth, and crispiness. This is a true slow sipper, but it's so delicious that you might find it difficult not to drink it too fast.
Stone Brewing Company is on point as always. This is a nearly infallible beer, with boatloads of delectable qualities. Released every spring, this is a MUST have for pretty much everyone.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2010 06:11:21 | More by xnicknj
More User Reviews:
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 6,632 ratings.