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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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7,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,463
Reviews: 2,629
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 652
Gots: 1,766 | FT: 103
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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Ratings: 7,463 | Reviews: 2,629
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black viscous liquid with two fingers of brown head.

Coffee roast in the nose, chocolate behind that, sweet toasted grains, anise, cigar smoke, cereal, some booze.

More of that mocha in the taste, bittersweet malts, creamy chocolate, licorice, vanilla, booze.

Big chewy body, some heat, love it.

Really solid IRS. Would like to try this with some age.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: jet black with faint cola highlight around the rim when held to a light.
Smell: Adult milkshake baby. Chocolate fudge mocha. Not incredibly complex, just damn good. I'm getting only a faint, pleasant hint of alcohol, just enough to enhance the richness.
Taste: Oh man, thank God,the taste matches the nose. Delish.
Overall: Hands down, my favorite Stone.

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

22oz bomber with 2012 vintage, drank from a wine glass

A- Pours an impossible black color with a deep brown head that sticks around longer than it has any right to.

S- Lots of rich caramel and roasted malt. Smells a lot like boiling stout wort on my stove top. A significant amount of dark dried fruit esters, plumy currants and the like. Absolutely no harsh or burnt qualities.

T- Very rich dark malt, roast coffee, dark chocolate truffles, fruity esters are a little more pronounced here. Very malty dark caramel and just enough bitterness to balance. More of that unfermented wort character, but a little less than in the aroma. Heavy.

M- Thick and velvety. Totally full bodied, viscous, and very smooth. The carbonation, alcohol, hop bitterness, and drying character from the grain keep it from being syrupy or sticky.

O- One of the best examples of the style I've ever had. I don't know how they can make a beer this rich and still achieve such balance. I didn't pick up the hops except in the bitterness, which was fine with me but I know some folks like a ton of late hopping in their IRSs.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Photo of JamesMN
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Possibly the blackest beer I've seen, completely opaque even in the light. Nice light brown soapy head. Leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of malt presence. Dark chocolate, coffee, black currants. Very rich aroma.

Taste: There is an explosion of flavors on your palate. All those aromas come through in the taste, especially the roasted coffee. There is almost an oatmeal type quality in there as well. At 55 IBUs, you're really not getting much bitterness. There is a dark coffee bitter taste that lingers but it's thoroughly enjoyable. I don't get any of the 10.5% abv in the taste, it's very well hidden. The flavors develop even more as it warms in the glass.

Mouthfeel: Like motor oil, hugely robust. Actually has above average drinkability. Really smooth with just enough carbonation to get by.

Final Thoughts: Really enjoyed this one. A great example of the style and a job well done. Will be seeking this one out again!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Company - the one known for da pints!

Appearance - Dark and glorious with a nice chocolaty head

Smell - This one has great coffee, oak, and maybe a bit more of the caramel

Taste - Expresso, chocolate and a nice aftertaste of cherry or maybe rasberrys.

Mouthfeel - This was going to be one of the greats for me, but carbonation needs to be a bit more and the only aftertaste is of old cherries. Only part where it is wanting

Overall - This is a great beer, not the best out there, but a really good Imperial stout

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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/13 at Proof Brewing in Tallahassee, FL:

A - Black as night with a frothy half finger head. Slowly dissipating head.

S - roasted malts, espresso, loads of dark chocolate.

T - deep, dark flavors. Cold bitter coffee with lots of cacao. Little bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

M - Full bodied, choppy carbonation that leads to more flavors

O - Great example of the style. Big, bold and in your face flavors

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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