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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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7,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,400
Reviews: 2,620
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 642
Gots: 1,713 | FT: 94
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of brantadid
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured black with little to no head. I was a little disappointed in the smell initially but as the beer warmed a bit it became more fragrant. The taste was outstanding. Malty, coffee, chocolate. Hops came through mid to back palate. The alcohol was present but not overpowering. Overall, a very balanced beer from start to finish.

*I am currently aging serval bottles and can't wait to add to this review.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of fsvan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. 2011 vintage.

A- Extremely dark. Maybe not quite black, but not far from it. 2 fingers of frothy dark head.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, some bitterness. The 10.5% is hidden incredibly well. The coffee notes dominate.

T- Tons of bitterness. Roasted malts. The coffee in the nose is not nearly as apparent on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden very well again.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, but could be a little heavier for such a big RIS.

O- Stone IRS is a damn good beer. It isn't a top 100 beer in the world, in my opinion, but it is very good.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep, viscous black with a thick dark khaki head. Head recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Smells or rich, roasted malts along with some chocolate and espresso. As expected taste is roasty and chocolaty with some hints of espresso. Taste is surprisingly bitter, a little too bitter. As it warms things get a little smoother. Drinkability is surprisingly high with this one. I can't think of another stout this robust I could drink all day were it not for the 10.5% abv.

Picked up a few extras to cellar for a while, I fully expect to bump this review up a few points once it has some age on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a duvel tulip (needa snifter)

pours motor oil black with a dark khaki 1 inch head, which proceeds to die down

dark chocolate, black coffee, roastiness, slight alcohol in the nose

subdued roasted coffee with some semi sweet chocolate. simple!

full bodied to the max. goes down scary smooth.

classic. simple. perfect.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, although I think there is better.

Pours a dark beer. Forms little foam. Nose reveals roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is hindered by the alcohol level. Drinking this imperial feels like drinking vodka. If you like that, rate it favorably. I don't. On the good side, after letting it sit for a day, the alcohol dissipates and this beer is much more enjoyable, although not great. Body is a bit thin.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

The beer poured a dark, evil, black with a thin brown head into a 12 oz pilsner glass. The smell was of alcohol and roasted malt. The initial flavor was of roasted malt, with a slight black-currant sweetness that faded quickly into an alcoholic, burnt toast and slightly hoppy finish. Fairly low carbonation gave this beer a viscous mouthfeel, but there was still very nice lacing down the inside of the glass. Another fine beer from Stone.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,400 ratings.