Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,719 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,719
Reviews: 2,691
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 680
Gots: 1,953 | FT: 114
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Ratings: 7,719 | Reviews: 2,691
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a good RIS.

S: Mostly heavily roasted malt with a tiny touch of hops in the background.

T: I'm surprised this doesn't have any mentioned additives besides necessary been ingredients; the flavors are very pronounced and realistic. Coffee is primary with mild acidity and all, with chocolatey roasted malt right behind it, and some lactose-like sweetness to finish it off. Some alcohol comes through late-palate.

F: Not as thick as was promised on the bottle, but full bodied. Thick and a little fatty, like a heavy cream. I still want thicker ( ;) ), but nice job.

O: I'm surprised Stone, for all their independence and devil-may-care attitude and adrenaline-seeking extremism, would make their representation of a Russian Imperial Stout, the heaviest, manliest, most goddamn off-putting black sludge a brewmaster could summon from the bowels of Satan Himself (All Praise and Worship to He the Unholy), kinda sweet, but I jived with it, yo.

Photo of wguy14
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was good in the every category but great in none. I enjoy a stout that has strong coffee and chocolate flavored. This beer does not provide that. Just strong bitterness from beginning to end.

Photo of miguellunarusso
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage... Bitterness died down, chocolate, coffee, toffee nose and mouth. Full body is an understatement. Best stout I have had, hands down

Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black with 1 fingers of carmel colored head.

Aroma yields coffee, burnt toffee, toasty malt, tobacco, and a slight citrus note.

Taste follows the nose. Big roasty notes from start to finish. Big burnt coffee and sugar. I get a mild kick of hop bitterness at the end, which makes the beer incredibly drinkable. No alcohol detected!

Overall, this is a fantastic RIS. It lives up to its name. I would see this pairing well with some s'mores by a campfire on a cold winter evening. It gets a 94/100.

Photo of TH28
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Completely black, opaque, with a thin brown head. Aroma: Roasted coffee, anise, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste: Rich chocolate malt sweetness, molasses, dark fruit, and roasted coffee. Bitterness is strong on the swallow, balancing the malt. Mouthfeel: Medium high body with a slick, velvety viscosity. Carbonation is minimal. Alcohol warmth is high but not sharp or solventy. Finish: Roasted chocolate and alcohol linger long past the swallow. Overall: Fine imperial stout. Rich chocolate and roast backbone, with layers of complexity. This is a freshly bottled version. Could stand to use a little age to mellow the lingering alcohol warmth.

Photo of BeerOps
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz. bottle. 2015 vintage.

Photo of ZakFaruki
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured from bomber into a pint glass, almost black with a small dark tan head that quickly dissipates; no lacing occurs at all.

Smell: Not much to smell other than roasted malts and coffee hints

Taste: a roasted coffee taste with an added sweetness, finishes with a mild bitterness

Feel: Rich and thick, has a nice chewiness to it

Overall: A rather solid take on the style, I'm sure there's more amazing stouts out there, but Stone does a really good job with composition and this is just another example of that skill. For 10.6% ABV, you do not notice much of the alcohol, which is pleasant. This is a great nightcap beer, good for a lazy night in.

Photo of Spiff
3.05/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appreciate Imperial Stouts - but this is more bitter than expected - too much licorice. Bites the side of the tongue. Instead of alcohol flavoring - it ends with hints of hand sanitizer. Spiff is hurt and disappointed.

Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Five out of five total

Photo of BlueAndBrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, aged for one year

Photo of bonesTdog
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2011 vintage - Thick, black and rich in the glass. Anise is the predominant flavor and aroma right up front. Overwhelms the coffee, chocolate, light roast and fruit in my opinion. Keeps your interest but not my personal favorite.

Photo of 50marathons
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably good stout. Great dark toasty flavor. Sips very thick.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Extremely dark brown - just a bit of light gets through around the edges. Even a pretty aggressive pour yielded a short brown head that faded to a ring around the meniscus.

Smell: Mainly roast malts, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Similar to the smell at first, but a bit more chocolate, gets a little sweet in the middle. Slightly smokey. As it warms there is a clean alcohol puff at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very thick with low carbonation.

Overall: Delicious. Everything about it feels substantial. Had it 3 months after bottling.

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, convincing color. Very little head, tan.
Smell is fine, not intense, nothing off-putting.
Taste is good, deep, ruchy, malty. Not too sweet. Some bitterness on the finish.
Good mouthfeel, not too hot, despite 10.6% ABV - well done, guys.
Overall a very good stout. Well integrated. Not the absolute best there is, but damn good.

Photo of stevoj
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bittercreek Alehouse Dark Days 2014 pouring this 2011 vintage. Not much can be added here, a truly superlative beer. Dark with a tinge of ruby, smooth and velvety, plenty of gentle warmth.

Photo of Shroombe
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is defining of what a stout is. Best of the best.

Hands down a perfect brew, genre-defining.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition. Tastes like dark chocolate and coffee mostly. You also get a tangy taste afterward from the black currant. Super good, grab these while you can.

Photo of jmikepool
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2015 Classic Release.

Photo of michael_cha
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Color is dark brown, and may even look black, which will take away its transparency, as one wouldn't be able to see any light shine through the glass. Clarity is black, and head is a very light tan color, which may even come off as beige.

S: The aroma comes off as coffee, or even dark chocolate, with a possible hint of nuts. Not very hoppy, nor were there any really "off odors"

T: Taste is a bit on the sweeter side with a bit of a smokey flavor. It tastes like roasted grains. Didn't really notice any "off flavors". There was a bit of a coffee, dark chocolate, and nutty taste in the beer.

M: The beer felt full bodied, and the aftertaste was strong, though did not last too long. There wasn't much CO2 or fizziness in the beer, though the beer seemed to have a stronger alcohol presence.

O: Overall, it was a solid stout. Tastes good, and was just what I expected from a stout. I enjoyed it with a good taste of coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe even dark fruits, but the nuttiness was definitely apparent.

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is good. Anyone who enjoys a good stout will love this. Deep. dark and wonderful.

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout...only downfall is the slightly too strong taste of alcohol...but otherwise, nearly perfect. $4 bomber from Winter Haven ABC.

Photo of Reckage
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the last bottle at my local store. 2015 classic, great tasting example of RIS. Will try to age one in the future, definitely recommend. Mmmm

Photo of ECV1846
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

exelent stout. not cheap but worth it. nice buzz quickly :)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much in line with all of Stone's offerings: pretty average.

Photo of J_K
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 classic release. Solid. Wish I let this sit a few more years.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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