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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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7,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,358
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 614
Gots: 1,681 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black as night no light shines though this beer when held up to the sun. A dark mocha / cocoa colored head with fine bubbles rose less then a finger tall in the snifter. As the head slowly fell into the blackness it left a thick coat of lacing on the edge of the glass with no bare spots and a small dusting on the top of the beer.

S: Sweet dark chocolate aroma with a strong roast backbone, as it warmed up the chocolate became more pronounced and a slightly alcoholic aroma was noticable. A Cinnamon, anise also as it warmed up. Noble type hop aroma but over powered by the complex malt scents.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, molassis, and pruney raisin malt flavors all distinctly right on the first sip. wow. Sweetness is kept in check with the strong upfront dank hop bitterness. The chocolatey to roasty flavor is on the chocolate side which i'm a fan of. As it warms up the bitterness almost seems to become more assertive. The aftertaste finishes with a chocolate piney thing.

M: A warming alcohol is there but not as strong as most RIS, low carbonation and a large chewy full body. Surprisingly no harshness from the roasted / dark malts, very nice.

O: Chocolate, asertive bitterness and very very drinkable. Now if I can only try the esspresso version. Excellent beer.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,358 ratings.