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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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6,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,925
Reviews: 2,583
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 521
Gots: 1,509 | 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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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz. bottled 2/21/14.

Poured into snifter, this RIS leaves a tan head that dissipates quickly. A quick sign that this is a hoppy stout.
Nose reveals scents of toasted caramel and dark fruit. This is a wonderful RIS that hits all the right buttons. Black cherry quickly sliding to a slightly overdone Colombian roast coffee.
The maltiness isn't as complex as other RIS offerings, thus I've subtracted a touch off the total score, but as you'd expect, being a Stone brew, it finishes with an herbal and earthy hop finish.
Even considering this is 7 months old. Perhaps, in another few months the hops might fade a bit more to allow the malt to come through.

beerdedking, Saturday at 10:37 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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mdshumaker, Friday at 03:30 AM
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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Spring 2009 vintage! Woohoo!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown nearly black hue with a good dark chocolate hue head thats abou ta finger in thickness that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo. Solid 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of bakers chocolate, light leather, anise, roast malts, faint alcohol, light vanilla, faint smoke, light darker fruits that shows signs of it's age. Very pleasant, clearly an aged RIS. 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Faint metallic twinge, darker fruits. Very strong signs of age. Leather, old coffee grounds, chocolate, dark bakers chocolate/cocoa. Vanilla is nearly nonexistant, along with the smoke. The booze is there too. It's tasty, for sure, but I think fresher is better for this in my opinion. 4 (x .45 = 1.8)

M - Mouthfeel is silky, lightly carbonated. Big time sipper thanks to the alcohol. 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall this is a tasty RIS that while delicious I think may be a bit past its prime. The dark fruits pop a bit too much here and pull ones attention away from what really makes this beer world class. 4 (x . 2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 4.09
Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Thursday at 04:21 AM
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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