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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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7,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,454
Reviews: 2,628
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,759 | FT: 101
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: 7,454 | Reviews: 2,628
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Look: Black, Black, and more black. 3/4 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing and a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, and some licorice

Taste: Roasted malt starts the beer off and lingers for quite a while. Mid palate you get some chocolate covered dark fruit notes with the back end finishing with a touch of roasted coffee and some bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: Very good example of the style. Highly recommended

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of mrebeka
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High-gloss black, with a deep tan head, clinging like bubbly walls to the sides of the glass.

The beer is to the side of my laptop, each sitting on my laptop desk and I can offer a review of what it smells like from here. Thick roasted grains, like cocoa, dark coffee and even a hint of licorice.

Enjoyable burnt flavors are highly prominent - one of the bigger stouts out there. There's a significant depth to that roastiness, but other than some woodiness, jam and dark fruits, I'm not getting much else for layers of flavor. Floralish hops hide way in the background. But what's here is exceptional.

Low carbonation, with just a mild burn and dryness to close.

Good beer - just wish I could pick up a broader array of flavors here.

Photo of btesta
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Stoutsman
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of rebelthrower
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. First thought about this beer from the second I poured this.

A - Very dark brown almost black. slight bit of red. Head was half a thumb. It was a mocha in color. Very little to no lacing and disappears very quickly.

S - Chocolaty and mocha seems very sweet. A bit of alcohol too.

T - A bit of roastly. Chocolate and sweet. A little fruity undertones.

M - Very smooth and a bit chewy. Nice carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Very sold beer all the way around. I am definitely heading to the store to pick up another tomorrow.

Photo of KarlSpackler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kennylopez
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011, 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark black color with a tan head and a and spots of lacing.

Smells: a sweet roasted malt and slight caramel like note with a pleasant hop character.

Tastes: as the nose insisted. there is a vanilla oak sweetness with a well balanced roasted malt and floral hop background.

Mouthfeel: for an Imperial at ten and a half% this is a super smooth and well balanced brew. The aftertaste leaves a roasted malt with the earthy wood flavor that is sweeter in the taste, but beautiful bitter hops in the aftertaste. mildly carbonated.

Overall: this was a tasty brew that is at a great price when you can find it around. I like how smooth it is, and I wish I would have bought a couple more at $6 a pop.

Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited Spring 2009 Release.
Drinking this as I type. Was intending to keep this a little longer but became one of those 'special occasions because I opened the beer' moments you hear about in movies like Sideways.

Typical stout appearance. One quarter inch darkisg magnolia head which thins over the course of the drink but never fully disappears. Opaque glossy black. Dark earthy tar-ish nose but sort of subtle about it.

Very very very long on the palate, so intense and so long (yeah, I mentioned that) but just not overly heavy but intense, dense, eartry and complex too.. Love the 100% like black chocolate quality too. There's a tannic vinous quality about it as well. The booze slowly creeps up on you.

Truly great. A true Imperial Russian Stout but not stupidly huge and roidish either. Just right.

Photo of ZPB
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wrath98
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Eurytos
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kengardell
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jvillefan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark almost black brown with a two and a half finger head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: If you let the beer sit in the glass for a decent amount time the smell is chocolatey. But the smell is surprisingly muted for a Stone beer.

T: Awesome. The best finish of any beer I've had. It has a very bitter (not from hops) start with a malty chocolatey finish.

M: A little heavy with light carbonation.

O: Great beer. Well worth the price.

Photo of hippityhophead24
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a beautiful and richly colored beer of deep blacks and browns. It holds a one and a half finger head of dark brown bubbles that is creamy and soft. This shows phenomenal retention, leaving sticky and thick lacing caked around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation actively rises to the top in little streams of bubbles. The aroma showcases big and roasty malts, with all of the coffee, chocolate, and molasses one could hope for. There are hints of medicinal phenols, and a woody dryness. The roast is cut by pineapple and a syrupy sweetness. With warmth there is a hotness of chilies, and hop oils sit on the far back of the nose. As we sip, robust malts and a peppery booze hit first. Surprisingly, some pineapple sugars and light hops venture in to cut the bitterness. At the top of the swallow, a sharp profile of chocolate begins, holds, and retains to fortify the transition to and earthy and hoppy finish. At the end there are big grassy and earthy hop oils, mixing with a deeper char to the alts. There is dark spice and light booze, with cutting berry sweetness. All in all it is very smooth. The aftertaste breathes of that roasty malt profile, with a little more char and a little more booze. The body is full and the carbonation is medium. There is a slickness and oiliness to the mouth, but the liquid is sticky and partially drying. There is delicious froth, slurp, and smack to each sip, and the beer warms the drinker nicely. The abv is appropriate and the beer serves as a sipper.

Overall, what we liked best about the beer was the extensive flavor profile. This beer really reminds us of why we like Russian Imperials so much. The balance is amazing, especially with such strong flavors all around. Notably, the pineapple inclusions took us by surprise, but it made for a unique flare to a great representation of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,454 ratings.