Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I have had several Russian Imperial Stouts lately and this one is near the top of the list (only Ten Fidy was better to me). I did expect more from this RIS as I had heard it was better than Ten Fidy, but nevertheless I really enjoyed it. I was really impressed with the appearance, a beautiful beer, very dark with an amazing tan head!
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 14:28:02 | More by DenverHopHead
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a 650 ml bomber (2013 Release) into a snifter.
A-As you might expect, the brew is thick-looking, black in color, and completely opaque. The head is thin and dark tan in color. It drops quickly to a collar and leaves no lacing. Pretty standard.
S-An intense, but balanced, mixture of rich, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of char. As the beer warms up, I detect more dark, dried fruits like raisins and prunes. Alcohol is pretty well integrated for 10.5%.
T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely in both intensity and profile. I get roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet, dark, dried fruits. Malts certainly dominate, but this fresh bottle still had traces of hops, as well. The alcohol is well concealed at 50 degrees, but as the brew warms, you get some pretty serious fruity, sweet, heat. The heat, however, fits nicely with brew. The finish is long and satisfying.
M-The feel is medium body with a bit more carbonation that some other examples of the style. The carbonation is mild and creamy, and actually diffuses the alcohol heat, I think.
O-This is a great and classic-tasting RIS. The flavors are intense, but well-balanced, and everything seems to work well together. There is no standout characteristic to throw the equilibrium of this beer out of whack. On the other hand, in today's world of "brett-this" and "barrel-aged that," I almost feel like something is missing here.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2013 02:45:52 | More by spoony
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.