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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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7,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,287
Reviews: 2,601
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 586
Gots: 1,633 | FT: 96
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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22 ounce bottle 2011 Classic Release

A- Poured into a tulip. Black motor oil topped with a 2-1/2 finger foamy, dark tan head that disappates rather quickly. Medium light lacing left behind.

S- Roasted malt. Hint of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Dark fruits, roasted malt. Burnt bittersweet chocolate.

M- Oily. Smooth. Creamy. Completely coats mouth and tongue. Rich.

O- A treat to be savored. Need more. Glad this is not overly sweet. Damn fine.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, labeled 2011 Classic Release, purchased 7/2011 and cellared in temperature controlled conditions.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass (snifter)

Poured vigorously produces a nice thick ¼ “ head, which quickly reduces to a thin cap. Still “sticky” thick though. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A live ale.
Pitch black color with a tan colored head.

Very rich malty aroma emerges when this ale begins to warm, some hints of dark unsweetened chocolate and coffee, black bread, light hops. Complex, but could use a little more intensity.

Incredibly rich, chocolaty, flavors of dark roasted malt attack the palate with mind blowing power, followed by an excellent medium bitter coffee sensation, then a yeasty/black bread flavor. Huge, full mouth feel. Complex. Perfectly balanced carbonation and crisp acidity. Delicious! World Class.

Extremely long finish of exceptionally rich, thick, viscous, roasted malt and some lingering bitterness. It clings to your mouth like glue! Wow!

Well it’s not totally perfect as the aroma could be a little more distinct, but everything else is huge. Extraordinary richness and power on the palate. One of the most viscous RIS I have ever drunk. The 10.5 % ABV is not even remotely noticeable. The flavor and finish are near perfection.
What a pleasure to drink. This is why we put so much effort into acquiring and drinking fine craft brews. Thank you beer gods.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 7,287 ratings.