Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 6,534 | Reviews: 2,564 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured near black with a big chocolate milkshake colored head. Head fell quickly but laced like a monster.
S: Bits of smoke and leather bounce out of a strong chocolate cake nose. Subtle grain in the background. There is a bright sweetness too, seems like cherries or maybe raspberries.
T: Starts off rich and chocolatey with a bit of coffee then blends seamlessly into chocolate covered cherries. The sweetness grows until its just about too much then a very earthy and grassy hop note wipes out the sweetness. The finish is a long awaited roasted malt note that smacks of burnt toast. The alcohol is hidden until you sit for a minute and the warmth creeps up.
M: Thick and creamy like chocolate milk.
O: Great RIS. The only thing holding it back for me is the lack of dark roasted malt flavor. Felt it was a bit sweet. Truly a great beer and a must have. If I see it I will drink it. Had the opportunity to try a 2010 and 2011. The 2010 lost some of the sweetness, and picked up a salty, soy sauce character. This beer cannot go wrong. Too drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2012 21:20:48 | More by legalpete19340
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from undated bomber to pint glass.
A - The beer pours like oil to the glass with a nice huge 2 finger tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks great.
S - Very aromatic. Roasted coffee, molasses, charcoal, roasted barley, a little fruity. The alcohol is present but the head isn't a deterrent and seems to blend nicely among the other characteristics.
T/M - Full bodied with an almost syrup viscosity. The beer starts sweet with the malty and fruit character found in the nose (currants?). The malty backbone of the beer provides a nice foundation from which the mild bitterness builds. A lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. Very good. The alcohol again is noticeable but not overpowering or overly hot. The beer finishes surprisingly smooth.
O - Excellent beer. I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it before. Definitely one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 19:37:05 | More by hopfacebrew
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,534 ratings.