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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,649 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,649
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 480
Gots: 1,411 | FT: 78
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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NSK79

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-04-2013 21:17:12 | More by NSK79
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

05-04-2013 17:17:14 | More by oso
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-04-2013 16:46:09 | More by pearljam118
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

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
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

05-04-2013 09:06:42 | More by 4amepiphany
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brudz2134

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-04-2013 03:44:54 | More by brudz2134
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brn9000

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-04-2013 01:50:42 | More by brn9000
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Brob245

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-03-2013 21:32:55 | More by Brob245
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-03-2013 16:41:28 | More by KevinmusPrime
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-03-2013 07:03:51 | More by GOGRANDE
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boot11222

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-03-2013 01:11:59 | More by boot11222
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8%

05-02-2013 17:35:19 | More by smutty33
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cgentzkow

California

4/5  rDev -8%

05-02-2013 17:21:37 | More by cgentzkow
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wsnich

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-02-2013 15:50:51 | More by wsnich
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8%

05-02-2013 06:39:38 | More by BrownAleMale
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Beerrenda

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-02-2013 04:33:22 | More by Beerrenda
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-02-2013 04:09:28 | More by Sparty55
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Hefewiseman

Florida

4/5  rDev -8%

05-02-2013 00:25:27 | More by Hefewiseman
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brewstervt

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-01-2013 22:30:36 | More by brewstervt
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jdobe13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-01-2013 12:43:36 | More by jdobe13
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gkoz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-01-2013 00:31:29 | More by gkoz
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chefbrew211

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

04-30-2013 23:38:35 | More by chefbrew211
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beehivechaos311

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8%

04-30-2013 16:36:25 | More by beehivechaos311
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spoony

Colorado

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
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-29-2013 23:05:07 | More by ScaryEd
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.