Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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7,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,294
Reviews: 2,601
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,644 | FT: 94
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like used motor oil and absolutely pitch black. A one-finger head of light brown foam manifests. Very good lacing.

S - Burnt malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, and fusel alcohols. Just like an RIS should smell in my opinion.

T - Rich and flavorful. Sweet chocolate starts things off, and carries well into the finish. Bitter chocolate and roasted graininess follow as the sweetness morphs into more of a juicy dark fruit character in the mid-palate (cherry, date, prune) Some black coffee bitterness in the finish brings balance. Unbelieveably smooth and well balanced. ABV is ridiculously hidden for almost 11%.

M - Smooth and silky. Very full bodied, but the silky feel makes it easy to take sips bordering on gulps. Perfect. Dangerous!

O - Wow. This beer is pretty amazing. Not quite as "extreme" as many RIS'es out there and doesnt try to clobber you over the head with the intesity of any particular flavor, or with the brashness of it's alcohol. Instead this beer offers up a tasty, proportioned, drinkable RIS that WILL still knock your socks off if balance and smoothness is what you crave.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark black with a brown / chocolate head that lingers a bit.

Smell is hints of licorce, malt, bitter chocolate.

Taste is smooth with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and a bit of sweetness.

A RIS that grew on me as it warmed up and I finished the bottle.

Definitly one to revisit.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Bottled in 2012 . Poured into tulip glass on June 22, 2012.

Appearance 4.5
Pours like an opaque black with a half inch light brown head.

Aroma 4
Nice roasted notes, with milk and dark chocolate. Hint of espresso. Smells sweet on the nose. Fainter biscuits in the malt and a very light waxing and waning citrus presence to the hops. A very typical, but enjoyable aroma. I particularly like the roasty chocolate nose.

Taste 4
Initially get semi-sweet and dark chocolate notes, with a little more subdues roastiness, in comparison to the aroma. An initial touch of moderate bitterness that comes across the palate quickly, which gives the beer a drier sense that anticipated from the aroma. Also, an overall slight sweetness from the malt. Midway through the more astringent bitterness of the hops peaks and then fades into background as the roasted flavors return to the forefront. Ends with a mild dry bitterness and a semi-sweet lasting finish, again with notes of chocolate and coffee. Initerimently I pick up faint soy sauce notes too.

Mouthfeel 4.5
Smooth and creamy with a moderate thickness. In contrast, the beer offers a clean astringency. Overall enjoyable full body, but with elements that leave the palate refreshed. A more enjoyable mouthfeel than I’ve had in a while, at least in this sitting.

Overall 4.5
A good solid offering and that is in fact an understatement. It has all the characteristics of a stout – nice roastiness, good depth of flavours, and an enjoyable thicker body. As per typical from Stone and west coast brewing, the beer offers a moderate amount of bitterness, and it’s easy to know where it comes from. I find this works well in contrast to the sweeter elements. Overall, the beer is a very easily drinkable package. Furthermore, these bombers are reasonably priced with good accessibility. All this combined make it a regular go-to stout. May not be as bold or rare as others, but it doesn’t let you down. Highly recommend to try.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color in the glass. Carbonation relaxes after pour but makes a return visit on the tongue. Nose is dark - caramel, roasted malt, dark chocolate. This IRS is a bit young at a 2012 brew, so there is some fruity flavor coming through in addition to the nose notes - plum and dark cherry but very subtle.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout pours thick and oily, or as the bottle claims, “like Siberian crude.” Once the carbonation fights its way through the dense brew it forms a hefty brown head, which sits upon a beer so black that suggesting it might have brownish hints would be shameful.

The aroma is strong in all senses. Immediately I get some anise, the darkly roasted malt, the port-esque alcohol sweetness. The first taste is a bear-like punch in the palate. It’s extremely full-bodied, coating the whole mouth with the darkest cocoa. Roastiness pervades everywhere. The lingering flavors are heavy, solid, and only darkly sweet. After the robust experience of a single sip, you feel accomplished. But your deed carries with it the impish sense that you’ve done something delightfully wrong.

Imperial Russian Stout is not for the weak of spirit. It is a beer for cold, not cool weather. It is a sipping beer, both because of its complexity and because if you were to chug this you would cross the great divide. It certainly puts hair in a hopeless place.

Stone’s imperial ale has long been a favorite among the American beer aficionados, and it’s easy to see why. This is a great representation of the style and a worthy opponent for your darkest of nights.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2012 edition and pours a dark black hue with a creamy two finger head that stays and nice lacing here and there,the smell is dark and milk chocolate,choc raisins,coconut,coffee and boozy alcohol,the mouthfeel is full lucious and really coats the mouth with tastes of dark and milk chocolate,creme caramel,choc raisins,cherries,a touch of boozy alcohol and finished with a cream coffee sweetness and overall a beautiful drop thats well worth a taste and be perfecy with a chocolate dessert cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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