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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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7,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,359
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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Photo of pschul4
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

School has started again and it's time to get back into the swing of reviews! Areich6 by my side again

A- Pours black as sin with a 1 inch dark tan head that leaves excellent lacing

S- Everything you want in a RIS. Tons of roasty malts and just a beautiful hint of hops

T- Hints of chocolate and coffee but the roasty malts are the star here. Some hops in the background keep everything balanced. Wonderful

M- SO so so smooth. Perfect mouthfeel

O- The top bar for non barrel aged Russians. Will be getting much more of this next year

5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of heygeebee
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Platinum. 11 bottling.

Won't add too much to this many reviews, save to say.

Pours like an RIS should - head doesn't stay round forever. Aromas somewhat muted but on money for style.

Taste then roars in, overpowering the aromas with excesses of chocolate roast malts and the coffee, all in excess. Smooth and integrated.

Mouthfeel is What You Want. Smoooth.

Overall, a sublime example of a RIS. Everything to excess.

Did I mention excess?

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick motor oil black with a 1 finger dark khaki head. Gets a little rocky then fades away. Pitch black, cant see any carbonation.

S: First I get some molasses, mocha and dark roasted malts. Oats and a general toastiness. Lots of dark fruits as it warms up.

T: Has a roasty malt and chocolate up front with an oat-malt like middle and a real hoppy end. Snap of alcohol hits you when you swallow. Does have good complexity.

M: Creamy heavy body with low carbonation. A heavy booze presence warms you up. Certainly a sipper.

Overall this has a lot more hop than I expected. Can imagine as that tones down it will become a real nice RIS. Real slap in the face, great strong beer.

Photo of StoneGargoyle87
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jsulko
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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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,359 ratings.