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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,962 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,962
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 527
Gots: 1,523 | FT: 85
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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Photo of bwiechmann
4/5  rDev -7.8%

bwiechmann, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2011 vintage
- 22 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 1-Jun-11 (fresh).
No tasting notes.

- 2009 vintage
- 22 oz. bottle poured into snifter glass on 27-Aug-11 (aged 2 years)
Bottle was shared during Woodshop Classics 6. No tasting notes.

- 2013 vintage
- 22 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Nov-13 (aged a few months).
Currant, esters, dates, chocolate, roasted nuts, tobacco, charred malts and marshmellows. A scary clash of bitter and sweet flavors taking place here. Detect a bit of heat, but nothing overpowering.

- 2011 vintage cellared on 1-Jun-11
- 22 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 6-Apr-14 (aged 3 years).
No heat detected. All the flavors melded real nicely with roasted chocolate, anise, and hints of caramel, marshmellow, and currants. The mouthfeel was a big difference. So smooth. Heard it ages well for another couple years so looking forward to cracking my last '11 vintage in about 2 years. This is a classic imperial stout for aging, along side Bell's Expedition.

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mcphish22, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Keith238, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

seeswo, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

brydeen, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

bbadger, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

eerbayman, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Agold, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bobbydigi, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

hopsbreath, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikehblack
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 release.

Pours totally black. Really struggling to find some light through this. Mocha head recedes quickly to a ring. Smells of dark cherries, roasted espresso, some vanilla sweetness. The taste is all roasted malt and chocolate. There is some anise and hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol has already dropped since I first had this about six months ago but it's still a little hot. It is totally thick and viscous with fairly light carbonation. Really smooth going down. Can't wait to see this one develop further.

mikehblack, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum

Pours dark black with a slightly tanned head

Smell is marshmallows- Belgian, yeasty. Berries and dark fruits. Cinnamon. Bit of alcohol. A hint of CCC hops at times. Of course there’s chocolate, coffee and aniseed over all this. Smell and taste are initially metallic but that disappears as it warms. Roast and sweet Belgian yeast. There is a definite porty and vinuous character.

Taste is quite sweet and bitter with lots of marshmallows. Honestly, this tastes like it has some quaddy influences. It’s definitely complex but I prefer the more brash American takes on imperial stouts, hopped up, even roastier and potentially BA-ed. Seems English-style. Just a bit _too_ much, but not in the ways I like.

Mouthfeel is moderate with tickly carbonation and a sweet/bitter dichotomy. Taste sensation is a lot like molasses.

Tastes like a massive version of an Export stout. Ageing it could work well- really want to tone down the sweetness, the roast bitterness and perhaps even the alcohol. There is a huge deal of complexity in this beer and I think it can be drawn out more with a few years in the cellar. Will most likely buy another to see.

danieelol, Nov 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: black. Pours minimal tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, hint of hoppiness, licorice, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, minimal carbonation, silky, smooth, slightly boozy as it warms.

Overall: a great IRS. Well balanced. Fairly complex. The ABV is well hidden. Good drinkability.

phichifiji00, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of patm1986
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dark brown, "blackish." falls into the glass like the blackest cascade. two fingers of stiff chico-pants-colored head. beautiful.

incredible balance of roasted malts--coffee, caramel, chocolate-- and hops--earthy pine and hemp. there's a metallic aroma shortly between followed by notes of mexican chocolate, vanilla, cherry. killer balance.

tasting mild coffee, biscuit malt, bit of brandy or booze and dark fruits, mild chocolate, all with a moderate hop backbone for an imperial stout. LOVE.

decadent, smooth, silky. consistently moderate in its viscosity. impressive balance of dry and sweet.

classic. excellent. year after year this beer delivers. it's still a top, top IRS and without a doubt one of the best deals around at 6.99. EXCELLENT.
cheers

patm1986, Nov 10, 2011
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4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Black, black. Brown head with one finger in size fades. But I expected that.

Aroma: Notes of coffee beans, dark chcolate, touch of oatmeal, smokey woods, and a little licorice.

Taste: Dark coffee (not milked) and bittersweet cocoa are both prominent, with bitter hops on the finish. Woodsy notes are are beautiful marriage among this. Some alcohol warmth lingers and leaves a little heat.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick with significant weight. A little powderiness.

This beer is sublime. The flavors are in amazing balance... with its notes of woods, coffee, and chocolate all at amazing quality and in perfect balance...so much so that they equal more than the sum of their parts. This beer is world class.

jbertsch, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a snifter. Pitch black pour w/ a dense tan head that settles slowly.

Aroma is rich bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter hops, toffee.

Taste is rich, dark, bitter, chocolatey, roasty. Notes of bourbon or rum and black licorice. Booze well hidden.

Overall just an outstanding, well-executed imperial stout that hits the mark perfectly. Drinkable, tasty, delicious.

draheim, Nov 06, 2011
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,962 ratings.