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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,528 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,528
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 472
Gots: 1,375 | FT: 77
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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-08-2014 18:06:29 | More by mbbransc
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California

4/5  rDev -8%

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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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KRG

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-08-2014 01:57:16 | More by KRG
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev -8%

07-07-2014 22:50:47 | More by Joose33
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jmkoller11

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-07-2014 21:39:41 | More by jmkoller11
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version (Bottled on 02/21/14) into a Belgian balloon/snifter glass

A- Pours an absolutely viscous motor-oil black with a 1-finger creamy, khaki colored head. Considering the ABV, the head retention is strong. Perfectly executed for the style. (5.0)

S- Upon the initial pour, I find Stone's IRS a bit conservative. Only after repeated pulls, I can pick out coffee, chocolate and some berry-like esters (strawberry jam?). As it warms (to basically room temperature), however, the complexity grows to include notes of nuts, vanilla and a hint of grapefruit citrus...pretty intense. (4.75)

T- Chocolate strikes first followed by that berry jam quality I find in the nose. The roastiness hits next and then a mild pop of licorice/anise. Its finish is a long, lingering bitterness which possesses that hint of grapefruit rind citrus. The complex flavor profile more than makes up for the muted aromatics. The 11% ABV is completely masked (4.75)

M- Although far from being cloying, this is a wonderfully decadent beer. The rather conservative carbonation gives Stone's IRS a creamy and velvety texture that coats the palate. Despite being full bodied and 11% ABV, this beer drinks very easily. (4.5)

O- A simple, yet well stated beer, I am confident the czar's from Russia would most have certainly approved of Stone's efforts. It is always nice to see Stone's IRS hit the shelves, yet the (odd year) varieties and W00tstout seem to eclipse the standard version. I've had this beer both fresh and aged (~2 years) and prefer it fresh since the fruity aromatics, subdued licorice/anise flavor and well-defined bitterness are more apparent when young. (4.75)

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 17:57:23 | More by threeviews
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -8%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a huge tan head that sticks around for loads of lacing.

Smell is of rich cocoa and coffee, with leather and piney hops a plenty.

Taste is deep and dark, mysterious, loads of roasted flavors. Chocolate, coffee, a nice yeasty note, and bitterness from the hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Alc. note is kept to a minimum. One of my favorite Impy stouts ever.

Feel is well carbed, and a viscous to the taste buds. Thick enough to be an imperial beer without making it a total sludge bomb.

Overall one of my favorite stouts ever. Always worth the 7$

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 01:49:35 | More by BastardKing24
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Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,528 ratings.