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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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6,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,964
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 528
Gots: 1,523 | FT: 85
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SlowWideTurns, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

conradh, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

fringefocus, May 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

VonZipper, May 08, 2012
Photo of iSip
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout, 22 oz. bomber: Stone brews up some great IPA style beers, but can they make a good stout? Not guaranteed, but in this case Stone comes through with flying colors. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Big aroma lets you know there is a serious stout sitting in the glass. Surprisingly drinkable, with lots of complexity. Flavors range from chocolate to vanilla, molasses to coffee to ginger spice. Flavors keep changing as you make your way through the bottle and as the stout warms. The Oskar Blues Ten Fidy is my favorite Imperial Stout, but the Stone ranks up there and is worthy of working into the rotation. I love the complexity of this brew. A must try for Imperial Stout fans.

iSip, May 07, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice deep deep brown. Cant see through the beer at all. Fluffy coffee brown head that bubbles away rather quickly. Can already tell that the lacing is very good. Massive Massive Nose! Was able to smell this thing from an arms reach away. Big roasted malts with lots of chocolate and coffee. Underlying is vanilla beans and chickory. Smells delightful really.

Big chewy and viscous! Sweet cocoa, vanilla bean and caramel up front. Extremely clean and well blended flavors. Coffee and earthy bitterness creates impeccable balance. The flavors hold up to the brisk carbonation. Drying chalk balanced by roasted malt sweetness. An incredibly simple yet complex beer. In beer advocates top 10 for reason. So mellow and smooth with a delightful creamy character and residual sweetness accompanied by a brisk imperial stout bitterness.

Insanely drinkable.

jtierney89, May 07, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a Jester King wine glass...

A) Jet black with a brown head. Minimal lacing.

S)Dark Chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla.

T)Get the smokiness, dark chocolate soem anise (but not over bearling), nice coffee finish.

M) Very smooth. What I like about this is you know what the ABV is yet that is under stated so well.

O) What I like the most about this is that it is not an overly sweet interpretation of the style but an approach that leaves the consumer wanting much more than one!

jimmy82063, May 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Falcone, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Stumpy29er, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

brentusaurus, May 06, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Chalice. 2012 bottle

A: Pitch black in color, poured with two fingers of light brown head that faded to a thin skim. Some minor lacing, nice filmy alcohol legs.

S: Dark roastiness, some burnt cocoa and light espresso, light smokiness.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts, some smoke and a decent hop bitterness in the finish, dark fruits round out the flavor. Alcohol is there but nicely hidden, some warmth on the throat.

M: Smooth and full bodied, very oily, soft carbonation.

O: Very impressive and certaintly worthy of the hype. However, I still think I prefer Old Raspy and Ten Fidy to this.

Dools9, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

meanmutt, May 05, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Pitch, tar black but blood red up to light. Good looking legs.

S: Molasses, dark raisins, heavily roasted malt and coffee, and dark cocoa. Smoked meats. Beef jerky. Caramelized brown sugar. Obviously a very complex nose.

T: Wow, I forgot how good this is. Huge roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso beans. Smoky, peaty, just delicious. Some booze at the end but it's welcomed.

M: Massive flavor profile. Palate becomes saturated with sweet, deeply roasted malt and coffee. Way too easy to drink for what this beer is. Nothing becomes cloying or overwhelming.

O: How can this so cheap relative to all other beers of its ilk? It's a benchmark for the style. Such a great beer.

Gatch, May 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

jrarthur, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Deivos, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

strongaf, May 05, 2012
Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a shifter, pitch black with a small mocha head. Lacing is descent. Alcohol on the nose, coffee, milk chocolate, tobacco, small hop punch. Taste is rich and full bodied, again, chocolate and coffee dominant with hints of tobacco. Even fresh, this is a complex brew, with some age on it it will be excellent.

dcook11, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, served in small Stone goblet. Year: 2012

A- Toasty head, pitch black color with little light diffraction. Only slight shines of ruby.

S- Very subtle smell: tobacco and licorice

T- Chocolate, coffee, anise, and alcohol. Hops balance the malty sweetness well.

M- Extremely viscous, almost creamy

O- A great beer, the nose just doesn't really punctuate until you have a sip, which isn't really a bad thing. Very thick and pronounced. Could mellow out some of the alcohol nicely with with age, overall a wonderful beer as is.

LotsofLupulin, May 05, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pouring this in a cognac snifter. The body is mega-dark. Practically black with warm tone to it. Finger and a half of cafe con leche head. Ok retention. Fell after a minute or so. 4.0

Peaty and heavily roasted. Dark berries in the nose and a hint of lactose sweetness. Fusel alcohol rides alongside herbal hops. Malty aromas of bitter cocoa and earthy coffee grounds, as well. 4.0

Smoky and strong. Hop presence, typical of a Stone brew, adds to the bitterness. Cocoa, licorice, blackberry, scorched earth, and milk sugars. Alcohol is definitely one of the flavor components, as well, but it's not over-the-top. It shows up again late in the finish with a spicy bite. 4.0

Smooth, creamy, hefty, and packing heat proper. Meant to be a sipper, and it's an enjoyable one. 4.5

I look forward to trying aged IRSs. I have another in the cellar. 4.0

thecheapies, May 05, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black. Syrupy on the pour. Head is kind of bubbly and soapy looking at first, but settles down into a thing layer that looks pretty great.

S- Chocolate, roasty, bananas and a lot of earthiness. Almost off putting, but it's interesting.

T- Chocolate, tobacco, toasty malts. Very nice balance.

M- Great mouthfeel, but a tad too much carbonation.

O- I really like this beer and would love to try it bb aged.

PerHops, May 05, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was waiting in anticipation this year to find this beer in Michigan. Having never tried it before, and the hype that seems to be following it now days, I was anxious. It didn't disappoint!
This beer poured nice and think and dark, with a VERY thin head.
This is a nice complex tasting stout. I am going to savor this one, and as soon as I get a chance, I'm getting some more!

MichPaul, May 05, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (2012 Release) into a goblet.

A: Color is black as night and pours very thick. It had a small mocha colored head, but it faded quickly to a creamy ring across the top.

S: Huge roasted and chocolate malt aromas are the main players here. Hints of hops can be noticed towards the finish as well, but it it well balanced to not overpower the malt character. There is also a sort of burnt/smokey aspect that comes out more as it warms.

T: Like the aroma, the taste has a big malt character (roasted and chocolate again). The burnt characteristic is more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma.

M: It has a heavy feel to it and has a sort of dry finish. The carbonation level is on the lower side, as an RIS should be. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Dangerous, but I like it.

O: This was my first time trying this one and I can say that this is definitely one of the better RIS's out there. Glad I picked a few up to enjoy. We'll see how the do with some age.

BilbosNuts, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

edwardprung, May 04, 2012
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,964 ratings.