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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,204 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,204
Reviews: 2,598
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 567
Gots: 1,610 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass of the '06 vintage and it was far and away the best stout I have ever tasted. Poured nice and dark, nearly opaque, with a perfect coffee-like foam on top that was never-ending. The smell was absolutely sensational. Loads of sweet malty flavors, chocolate, nougat, caramel, vanilla and a slight smoky aroma. One of the most powerful aromas I've ever had in a stout, it just leaped out of the glass. The taste delivered pretty much what the aroma promised. The bitterness was more pronounced in the taste but well integrated with the malt flavors. The bet way to describe it is that it tasted like a Toblerone bar, midway between milk and dark chocolate with a nougat/honey biscuity quality. Full-flavored with a nice medium body. I couldn't find anything wrong with this beer. One of the best brews I've had in my life. As I said, I've only had the '06 vintage so I'm not sure how the new vintages will compare. That being said, I would definitely like to hold on to this for a few years but I'm sure it's pretty close to perfect in it's freshest state. Absolute must try.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been my favorite for years and now reviewing it. Lourdes into reidel stemless dark black little brown head. Beautiful to look into. Smells of roasty goodness. Tastes of roasty chocalte and coffe. Bitterness is there along with the alcohol. I love this beer and could put down several. My closet thanks me. Cheers

pumptrick, Dec 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first perfect score I've given. The only reason I'm giving a perfect score is because I have had this beer several times over the last few years since it has been released. It has been a phenomenal beer every time. This is a beer that should be in the top 15 beers on the top 100.

Pitch black. Nice thick foamy khaki-light brown head. Low to medium retention and lacing. 

Rich great nose deep notes of oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee.

Amazing full flavor. Its along thr lines if the nose yet intensified Strong coffee and chocolate, smoky oak. Great balance, variation and deep rich flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and full bodied with medium carbonation

Overall this is just an outstanding Russian Imperial. Stone continues every year to just kill it with this one. I may not be the most difficult RIS to find but it dominates many highly regarded and ultra limited releases of this style.

MrVonzipper, Jul 04, 2011
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 7,204 ratings.