Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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7,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,299
Reviews: 2,602
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,645 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release.

Beer is black (big surprise). Moderately sized tan head. Decent retention. Good lacing.

Smell is rich. Roasted malt, chocolate, black liquorice, coffee, burnt caramel. Nice.

Taste is like the smell. Roasted malt, coffee, burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, black liquorice. A big flavour, no question about it. Slightly bitter. A bit of alcohol but not a much given the strength.

Full bodied, quite highly carbonated for the style. Quite smooth even so.

Overall, very good. Not my favourite RIS but a really excellent beer that one can return to repeatedly.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

This beer pours pitch black as you would expect from a stout this size. It has the aroma of roasted malts ans well as some chocolate. The flavor matches the nose and really has a nice big bitterness to help keep the beer drinkable. There an alcohol presence but it isn't too much and the beer is about as drinkable as it needs to be. An IRS that really holds the standard.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer some time ago. Forgot I had it in the fridge. Lucky that I found it. This was a 2012 release bottle.

A: Pours like a very dark espresso, dark and thick. No noticeable head with the exception of a trace on the side of the glass.

S: Almost smells like tawny port wine.

T: This is a strong beer and you can feel it from the first sip. Very chocolaty flavour, a bit bitter but not too much.

M: Leaves a strong aftertaste in the mouth. Feels full however and pleasant.

O: Compares very favorably to the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout as well as the Old Rasputin that is my current favority. I would still say I prefer Old Rasputin a litle bit more but I was pleasantly surprised by this imperial stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black espresso color with a finger and a half worth of milk chocolate head that dissipates quickly to a blotchy head of lace. 

S: Dark roasted malt tones with coffee and burnt sugar coming thru with dark coffee aromas mixed with a very light dark chocolate scent. 

T: Roasted malt and toffee come thru on the palette first making way to the dark chocolaty flavored to follow. Ever so slight hint of caramel on the aftertaste works very well and theres a hint of alcohol. Lacks the smokey or chat flavoring some RIS have but I don't miss it. Nothing masks or overpowers the flavors here. Done very well. 

M: mild carbonation leaves a lightly creamy feeling on the tongue. Slight dry feeling towards the end but it's very light especially for the higher ABV. 

O: Very good RIS, not nearly as bold as some I've had. Lots of flavor and everything balances quick nicely. Would give it a slightly higher rating if the head stuck around a bit longer as this went down fairly quick compared to others. May have been this bottle though.  Another great Stone brew. 

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

Bottle from 2010.

Handsome tan head forms at the surface, depositing splotches of foam on my glass. Retention is good but not great.

Roasty & boozy nose, plus caramel and toffee. Taste follows suit: skillful mix of roasted malts and dark coffee meets aged booze. Deserves a 4.25; rounding down here and up on the Overall score.

Alcoholic character is strong and prominent, which is surprising for an imperial stout that's "only" 10.5%. Granted, it's integrated reasonably well but still hinders drinkability.

Been at least a year since my last Stone IRS, and this was better than I remembered. Maybe it's the time on this bottle, maybe I just don't give Stone enough credit these days. Regardless, this is a tasty stout and remains one of the best values in craft beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle enjoyed on 7/31/12 in a Bell's tulip.

Pour: Black as midnight with a half finger khaki head that recedes to nothing quickly.

Smell: Espresso, raison, and a deep roastiness. Wow this has become incredible over time.

Taste: Follows the nose with bitter espresso and dark chocolate. Boozy raisons and figs with a hefty amount of roasted malts finish.

Mouthfeel: Still a little boozy but just barely. So much smooth. Consistency of motor oil and is slick through the sip.

Overall: The is a classic example of cellaring making a world class beer even better. Pumped I have another 2007 and a 2008.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,299 ratings.