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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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7,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,212
Reviews: 2,598
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 570
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 92
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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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release Bottle into a Hill Farmstead Glass

A- Black tar color with a extremely thin rust orange head. Also has some nice thick lacing on the glass

S- Burnt malts, dark coffee/espresso, a hint of alcohol and maybe some dark fruits

T- Bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, a little booze and a touch of vanilla

M- Pretty heavy, definitely full body. A little more syrupy then i remember from years past

O- A Must Try for any Imperial Stout Fan. Would love to try this aged in Oak or two years in the cellar

gonzowestwood, Jul 10, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, poured into a tulip. Pours a deep black as night with ruby tones at the edges of the glass. There is a thumb and a half of grainy head the color of mocha. It dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing on the glass. The nose is a lot of hops, the sort characteristic of a Stone beer. It is dominated by a pine forest smell with some citrus grapefruit notes. There is roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the backbone. The taste is again pretty hop forward, more of the pine resin and even more of the citrusy grapefruit oil. It masks the alcohol well, but there is definitely that warming sensation that lets you know it's there. The malt comes forward as caramelized sugar and very roasty. Overall, I think dialing back the hops just a hair might improve this beer. nevertheless, it is a very excellent beer, and I plan to begin working on a verticle to see how it ages.

Update: Had a 2011 and a 2012 in the past month of this gem and it absolutely becomes a gorgeous beer, even after one year of age. The hops settle out to this orange and grape-like smoothness that just tastes fantastic. It also starts to pick up some flavors like a nice Port. It's really hard not to drink what I have left of these.

estlinska, Jul 07, 2012
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2011 Classic Release, opened on 7/6/12

A- Opaque black right to the very edge, making the glass look like a black hole. Tall, rocky brown sugar head that lasts forever, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass.

N- Soft bitter chocolate with hints of caramel accompanied by woodsy hops. Also subtle cherry fruitiness with some peppery alcohol.

T- Fairly dry toasty, chocolatey malt backbone with lots of leafy, woody, slightly grassy hops to balance. The roastiness is smooth and restrained, which I like. Peppery alcohol blends perfectly in the mix. There's a subtle tart cherry fruitiness underneath it all. The finish is long with a mix of lightly bitter leafy, woody hops, peppery alcohol, dry caramel, and chocolate malt.

M- Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Really a well-balanced beer. The malt has a full chocolatey flavor with notes of caramel without being sweet. The woodsy hops add multiple layers of complexity without being too bitter. The alcohol is well-integrated, adding yet another layer to the mix. A must-have for any beer stash.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 7,212 ratings.