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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,550 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,550
Reviews: 2,565
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,381 | FT: 78
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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josssmith

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-05-2012 21:45:53 | More by josssmith
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engagechad

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - pint

Shared with a friend - quite tasty

Pours a very very dark black with dark brown head, everything i look for in a stout.

Smells very good, solid, not too complex in my opinion but the malt is forward with some sharp cocoa

Taste follows, mellow and subdued for the 10.5 abv, acidity is nice

Overall this is a great brew - not a show stopper or anything but it is a very nice RIS

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 21:07:34 | More by engagechad
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Kavon

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8%

01-05-2012 16:01:26 | More by Kavon
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SirWalkAbout

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

01-05-2012 01:58:51 | More by SirWalkAbout
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-04-2012 14:04:39 | More by ohtheguilt
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

01-04-2012 09:27:20 | More by IdrinkGas
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Mjmoon15

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-04-2012 02:36:25 | More by Mjmoon15
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sbluerock

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-04-2012 02:34:30 | More by sbluerock
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KajII

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a thick rich black with a large (2-3 finger) dense medium brown creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing slowly to just a little residue that was left clinging to the glass rather nicely.

The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a very mild alcohol presence.

The taste was malty and sweetly bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses early on, and then became a tad bitterer with a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time with the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit being present for a while before the alcohol presence became dominant.

Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an intensely tasty Imperial Stout with a lot of flavor and a strong alcohol taste that was hardly noticeable to the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 15:20:21 | More by KajII
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-03-2012 13:58:50 | More by arkansastroy
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8%

01-03-2012 04:01:11 | More by jstewart1130
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match1112

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the body is as close to black as brown can be. a finger of mocha colored head slowly settled into a crescent shape on top. the nose is comprised of roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate and smoke. taste is full of big robust coffee and chocolate notes with a touch of roastie smoky goodness and a generous warming effect from the alochol. mouthfeel is full body, creamy, good carbonation and a bitter finish from the dark chocolate. my only complaint about this beer is the mouthfeel should be sticky like syrup, but i think the high abv might be cutting it for a cleaner feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:55:02 | More by match1112
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-02-2012 10:38:19 | More by MrHirschybar
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Breylan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-02-2012 08:46:01 | More by Breylan
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8%

01-02-2012 03:34:47 | More by Skye1024
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Sinewave

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-01-2012 23:41:11 | More by Sinewave
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chicagogirlie

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-01-2012 16:28:18 | More by chicagogirlie
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Pexkool

Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint. Marked as "2011 Classic Release".

A - Pitch black with 2 fingers of brown foam that slowly dissipates to a lace that leaves traces along the sides of the glass.

S - Coffee, smokiness and toasted notes along with alcohol.

T - Hot DAMN! This is strong! Heavy on the toasted malts, smokiness, dark fruits and coffee. There's a sweet taste I can't really recognize (bourbon, perhaps?), but then it's followed by dark chocolate and alcohol. This is really a complex brew! What I'm writing is not even close to what it really tastes like!

M - So syrupy and smooth is nearly syrup! It goes down smoothly, yet you can feel how it warms your tongue and throat as you drink it. You can barely feel the carbonation, but the alcohol is definitely there (along with so many other flavors).

Overall, it is the strongest stout (isn't that redundant?) I've ever tasted and my first IRS. The moment I took the first sip I regretted instantly I poured almost the entire bottle in the glass; it almost knock me on my back over how strong it is. This "viscous beauty" as it's written in the side of the bottle is a dangerous and sinful stout (although Stone claims no sin was committed in the production of this brew) is worth to seek and drink. It was a whole new experience for me, but I think I'll stick with regular American Doubles/Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 08:50:07 | More by Pexkool
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 spring release I got in a trade with GrumpyJunglist.

A - Charcoal black with no head.

S - Smokey and faint chocolates.

T - Starts off with some mild chocolate taste and then you can taste the alcohol and then some smokiness.

M - Pretty silky and stays coated to the mouth.

O - I like this one but have never tasted it before so I can't compare to the 2010 or 2011. Even after two years of aging you can still taste the alcohol quite a bit. Overall not my favorite but definitely good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 07:00:01 | More by Popp24
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emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2012 05:58:57 | More by emdawg
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12-31-2011 23:43:32 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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buckyp

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-31-2011 22:08:07 | More by buckyp
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cerunincos

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8%

12-31-2011 20:00:00 | More by cerunincos
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hawkmage

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-31-2011 17:37:47 | More by hawkmage
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guytyping

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-31-2011 06:36:49 | More by guytyping
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,550 ratings.