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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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6,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,911
Reviews: 2,582
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,502 | FT: 83
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerSnob1022, Feb 07, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

BSUBronco, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mudboneINla, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

heatherzbeer, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ChristianT, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a Maudite snifter from a 1pt 6oz. Oily jet black with a mocha 1 finger head. Rapidly receded to a foamy rim around the glass. Give it a swirl and it wakes up and shows some nice legs and foamy lace.

I really spent a lot of time swirling this one - the smells are very complex and pleasant. Smells of dark roasted sweet malts. Not a lot of burnt malts coming thru for such a dark beer. Alcohol is quite apparent in the nose. Smell intensifies and some coffee and dark chocolates come out as it warms.

Alcohol not as apparent in the taste. Although you can definitely feel the buzz from this. Carmel and espresso. Malt doesn't taste burnt or overly bitter like some RISs, but more like a fine dark chocolate. There is a subdued bitter hops aftertaste, which doesn't linger excessively.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is spot on for the style.

Defintely a sipper. A great beer on a cold winter nite. Easy to drink though. I don't find this as harsh as some of the RISs.

A really great RIS. Smooth and pleasant. Alcohol is quite apparent, but not in a bad way. Would be interesting to age this.

elmore, Feb 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mattdbh, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Kuhnzie8637, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

2011 bottle tasted last nite, have 2010 and 2009 bottles in the "cellar" aka the back of the closet!

Pours a nice motor oil color and consistency, typical with the style. Little hint of dark fruit as i let it sit for 10 minutes to catch all the flavor. Wonderful dark malt taste that RIS always have, what makes it one of my fav stlyes of beer. No need for hops in these brews, that's what DIPA are for. Probably needs to sit a little while, prob gonna have the 09 soon, lets see how that compares to this fresh one.

calcio360jrd, Jun 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this on-tap at the Dunedin Brewery, served on a Pint glass.

A: this beer has the darkest shade of brown you will find, it's pretty much black in color. Delicious two finger light brown colored creamy head. Decent brown colored lacing was left throughout the glass.

S: it was a bit mute and hard to come by. From what I could tell there was the obvious roasted and dark malts and coffee aromas, common of the style.

T: starts with some sweetness on the palate followed by the taste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Ends with coffee bitterness.

M: heavenly smooth and creamy feel in this full bodied beer that completely disguise the alcohol in it with medium carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer which is an excellent Imperial Stout that shines for its smoothness and solid taste. Perfect pairing for desserts!

olimpia84, Sep 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

IHyphySF, Jun 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Respirologist, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TheBeer, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Thick, quickly dissipating tan head. Glassy black color, the darkest I think I have ever seen. Aroma is sadly nothing special compared to the hype. Strong chocolate malt aroma mixed with alcohol, figgish sweet fruit and alcohol. Toasted wafer flavor, well-balanced between malt, alcohol and hops. It took me several hours to drink it, which is impressive. The flavor changed but sustained throughout. A very tasty imperial but I still prefer Brooklyns.

Andy, May 24, 2002
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

This is the 'early summer 2004 release' according to the bottle. Be careful boyz and girlski. This is one huge bier....

Thick black motor oil in appearance, infused with tiny carbonation. The aroma will nock your komrad's socks off at 6 feet. The taste is amazing. Strong alcoholic esters, wood, light vanilla, smoke, complex semi dry sweet fruitiness. Just massive.

At nearly 11%, it's best to take the advice of BA Tinustime and NOT wait till the last bier of the night for this...unless you want to crawl to bed.



BierManVA, Jul 31, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

Recieved this beer from Px2Grafx: early 2006 release

A- Pours pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head with fades quickly leaving a nice lacy appearance.

S- Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with a heavy licorace prescence, some fruityness also shows up.

T&M-Very bitter almost like eating dark chocolate covered espesso beans. I can feel the alcohol burn as this goes down my throat,but I won't be critical of that due to it being so young. I'm sure that will be different with the next one I try in the future.

D- I wouldn't want to drink this on a daily basis, but I enjoyed it enough that I would love to have this on special occasions.

BRoss242, Jun 09, 2006
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

inanity, May 15, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -29%

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- black as night with a tan head, light carbination and some nice lacing of the glass

S- very nice coffee malt alcohol, wioth some chocolate undertones

T- far far out of whack, too young needs some years under the belt. Some malt then big overpowing alcohol. Burns a bit going down, warms you up. But a wiskey like burn from a stout, not a good thing

M- balanced feels like a stout, again to much alcohol

D- unfinishable, way to much alcohol in the mouth for this beer to be anyway near refreshing. Some complexity sure but the heavy alcohol taste takes over.

Notes- this is the second of stone's offerings I have tried (VE 6 06.06) in recent days. Both seem to have tons of potential with age, but are to overpowering young. If I buy stone again it will be years before i drink it.

Big and bold, but to much of a good thing

mcarroll10177, Jul 28, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -15.2%

Bought about a dozen 12 ounce 2008 bottles.

A - poured into my La Chouffe tulip, filled up the glass by the added 1/4 inch tan head. The head dissipated a little too quickly, but leaves a nice laced tan head around the glass

S - A little too sweet. Smell of burnt sugar, slight roast.

T - Starts off roasty, then hits the sweetness, and begins staying a little too overly sweet. Doesn't keep much of that stout taste going down, and has a soy sweetness that isnt too pleasant. Wish there was more roast in this one. Perhaps with more age, the sweetness will mellow out. Not Alcohol flavor, so this was well aged for a year and a half.

M - Not too bubbly, smooth, and creamy. Wish there was a slight more carbonation, and less soy sauce like characteristics, but overall good.

D - I could have a few of these. The flavor and mouthfeel go well, not perfect, but they work. For the high abv, the age made it unnoticable, and I like that.

O - A good RIS. There are a ton of better RIS's available, but for the price and the ABV, this is a good choice.

abecall98, Dec 12, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

A- pours a jet black with one of the darkest brown heads I have seen...sticky and creamy, about two inches; decent lacing

S- just like the bottle says; picked up a lot of roasted coffee, alcohol and chocolate

T- dark chocolate syrup, roasted bitterness with a nice dose of hops at the end; hints of faint dark fruits covered in chocolate

M- it's a stone brew, so always nice; never been disappointed with a stone mouthfeel; medium to full that's really creamy, not too carbonated; aftertaste is rather nice with a mild roasted flavor and hop lingering

D- not sure if its a good thing or not but I couldn't really taste the alcohol it was really well hidden, which is a sign of a well-made beer; it creeps up on you by the end of the 22oz bottle; it's a bit hoppy for my tastes, but a really affordable and well-made addition to the Stone line up

scottyb88, Jul 22, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours dark dark brown with a thin tan head. Big aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and alcohol. Tatse is great, starts off with notes of licorice, chocolate, and slides into a huge coffee finish. Long lasting bitter finish. Thick oily mouthfeel. Very impressive beer.

RomanW70, May 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Moose34, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

thehappybelgian, Jun 08, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%

The foam was a deep coffee wheat/tan color, smooth and lacey. The color was opaque/dark brown with amber/mahogany highlights in the light. The smell was of a burnt mahogany, molassis with wheat overtone and subtle fruity undertones, complex. The taste was a deep, rich molassis, wheat flavoured, nutty and a little bitter and a little sweet. Mouthfeel - heavy-bodied, smooth and rich. I had to drink it somewhat slowely to enjoy the complex taste. Drinkability - heavy and smooth - good if you like the extended time to enjoy a rich porter taste - very good session.

Monsteruss, May 07, 2009
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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