Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Feb. 2014 release - tasted fresh and again at 6 months. 55deg. in tulip glass.
A - Jet black with ~1.5" head when poured aggressively.
S - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt, smoke, and alcohol
T/M - Initial tasting was mostly bitter chocolate , alcohol, and a little thin. At 6 months the coffee, vanilla, and other flavors start to emerge and the texture is creamier.
O - As with most beers of this style, it gets better with age. I thought the fresh bottle was okay, but many of the components were harsh (hops, chocolate, alcohol). It comes together nicely and will probably be even better at the next 6 month interval. Prost!
08-16-2014 21:15:59 | More by Bowers-Brew
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
Good beer, although I think there is better.
Pours a dark beer. Forms little foam. Nose reveals roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is hindered by the alcohol level. Drinking this imperial feels like drinking vodka. If you like that, rate it favorably. I don't. On the good side, after letting it sit for a day, the alcohol dissipates and this beer is much more enjoyable, although not great. Body is a bit thin.
08-13-2014 16:13:13 | More by JulioH
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,790 ratings.