Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,830 | Reviews: 2,577 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Sampled August 2014 from bottles in pint glass.
Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted for a while.
Smell: Sweet with strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints.
Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.
Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. I will buy this again.
08-22-2014 20:58:05 | More by JJKBeerLvr
4.69/5 rDev +8.1%
Pour into a Pint glass from a 22oz bottle, pitch black pour with a fluffy tan head that turned into some very solid lace that hung on the glass from start to finish. Aroma held vanilla and alcohol notes with some roasted malts trying to peek out...they remained covered until the first taste. The taste is bitter/roasted coffee and malts with the alcohol present but not over powering, deep roasted flavors and some wood hints show up as the tasting goes on. The mouthfeel is so dead on for the style, thick/heavy on the tongue while leaving a nice roasted mild coffee/roasted flavor at the end. Overall I'm very impressed with this offering, I love RIS as a whole and I've had a lot of Stones products...this is a winner and I will pick it up when I can.
08-10-2014 20:57:52 | More by Bear1964
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Very good beer but disappointing, given some of the reviews here. From CA, I would take Old Rasputin any day. Nationally, give me KBS from Founders or Bourbon County from Goose Island. Still, a solid interpretation of a challenging style that is getting reduced too much in the U.S. right now to obviously big flavors and alcoholic contents which do not always behoove the style. Frankly, this is another example that tells me Stone is a very good brewery, but not a great one (despite the hype).
08-29-2014 20:47:54 | More by Wobbly
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,830 ratings.