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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,965
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 528
Gots: 1,525 | 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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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Thick looking as soon as it exited the bottle. Made the mistake of pouring a little too fast as I wasn't seeing much of a head. Mistake! Head then blew up into a gorgeous, thick, brown colored, creamy looking froth. Beer is pitch black, even in the light. A small area just underneath the head was a dark red-brown when shined into light.

S - Lot's of sweet malt, some toffee/caramel, and coffee. A very slight alcohol smell noticed when warmed. Even a touch fruity when warmed, which I thought was interesting.

T - A wonderful tasting beer. Sweet malts, coffee, a dairy-type creaminess. The coffee was especially noticeable in the aftertaste. Can only imagine how intense their Espresso IRS is. When warmed, a bit of booze could be tasted, as could some warmth. Also noticed a peppery taste when warmed a bit. Interesting and delicious.

F - It's a stout, so of course it's thick. Felt a little sticky when warmed. Call me a novice or whatever, but although the taste was just as good when the beer warmed a tad, I preferred the feeling when it was colder. Just a little less sticky.

O - A delicious IRS, and it certainly deserves the acclaim it gets. Lot's of stuff going on in this one, all the normal stout flavors, with my palete noticing some fruit and pepper. Interesting and unexpected. But in a good way. Certainly a sipping beer not for the faint of heart. Thick as heck, and won't be liked by most. A beer that I don't see myself buying a lot, as I prefer to drink stouts on occassion rather than frequently, but this is an amazing beer. Highly recommended!!!

stella77artois, Jun 11, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a 1/2 " head that is coffee colored.

Aroma: Coffee is what stands out.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, molasses, with a bit of an espresso flavor, rich and malty with more coffee and caramel in the end. Smooth and complex.

Overall: Excellent for this style. It has all the flavors and qualities that one should expect from a Russian Imperial. The 10.6 abv is respectable and appreciated (not by my wife I should add). This is a sipper that should be savored and enjoyed. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Jun 11, 2013
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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,965 ratings.