Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,724 | Reviews: 2,505 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by youngblood:
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I am really beginning to love these stout things....
A- Pours a jet black with an immediate sandy brown head. Hangs out for a while, no real visible carbonation.
S- Yummy. Smells of Worcestershire sauce, some soy sauce, some smoke, bits of piney hop in the back, slight caramel sweetness hanging around.
T- Double yummy. Getting lots of coffee bitterness and smooth smokiness. Aftertaste holds a bit of hops which mixes well with the hops. Very complex.
M- Great weight and body on this. Glides over the tongue quite smoothly.
D- I had no idea the ABV was so wonderfully high. This beer is complex, but quite subtle so as not to overwhelm the senses with any one aspect.
Serving type: on-tap
05-14-2009 13:26:25 | More by youngblood
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4.19/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle from the 2013 release. It's been in my fridge for about a year, decided to finally sit down and review a bottle.. have had this on two different occasions, but apparently just never got around to writing a review on it.
App- Dark black body, opaque with a nice one finger mocha head that retains fairly well, really nice thin lacing that sinks into the beer. Nice mocha collar and thin film. Looks the part.
Smell- Even at room temp, all I get is a bit of dark fruit and chocolate. No coffee, no roast, no brown sugar, nothing else to tell me this is a true RIS. I would like a lot more that I get here.
Flavour- What it doesn't deliver in the nose, it does deliver on the palate. Charred malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate, a bit of espresso and a slick syrupy sweet molasses finish. Robust, complex with a lot going on.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, perfectly carbonated. Slick, coating my mouth in bitter chocolate with sweet molasses; it's definitely a sipper due to the intensity of the flavour and its slick nature; there isn't a ton of heat or anything like that.
Overall- Probably one of the best deals out there in terms of Russian Imperial Stouts in bombers at $6.99. Founders Imperial Stout is a better beer and a better value, but for our friends in California who don't get Founders or Dark Horse, this is an excellent and overlooked option.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:25:55 | More by Stevedore
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Pretty black, minimal coffee lacing. Must have some carb, because little fishes are biting insects at the surface.
S- charred dark fruits, molasses, toffee, burnt caramel
T- More dark fruit. This one is probably aged perfectly. No oxidation present. Some chocolate and molasses. Some biting black liquorice at the end
M- Pretty thick for a stout, nothing major. Some carb
O- A great stout. Very well done; simple and to the point
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:25:27 | More by gueuzedreg
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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