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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

6,669 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,669
Reviews: 2,569
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,420 | FT: 79
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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BarleyWineRox

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2012 08:14:39 | More by BarleyWineRox
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Shackman

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-20-2012 00:03:35 | More by Shackman
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ricksrealm

Florida

4/5  rDev -8%

01-19-2012 12:57:18 | More by ricksrealm
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2012 15:56:47 | More by xxcarpxx
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-17-2012 20:52:18 | More by KAF
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

01-17-2012 14:40:04 | More by GrindFatherBob
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PDR84

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-17-2012 10:57:57 | More by PDR84
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-17-2012 02:06:36 | More by gafferjohn
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from undated bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours like oil to the glass with a nice huge 2 finger tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks great.

S - Very aromatic. Roasted coffee, molasses, charcoal, roasted barley, a little fruity. The alcohol is present but the head isn't a deterrent and seems to blend nicely among the other characteristics.

T/M - Full bodied with an almost syrup viscosity. The beer starts sweet with the malty and fruit character found in the nose (currants?). The malty backbone of the beer provides a nice foundation from which the mild bitterness builds. A lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. Very good. The alcohol again is noticeable but not overpowering or overly hot. The beer finishes surprisingly smooth.

O - Excellent beer. I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it before. Definitely one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:37:05 | More by hopfacebrew
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

01-16-2012 15:24:34 | More by Sparger
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azureoval

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2012 04:53:55 | More by azureoval
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Faina

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-16-2012 02:55:43 | More by Faina
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emaciated

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2012 23:58:58 | More by emaciated
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Look: Black, Black, and more black. 3/4 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing and a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, and some licorice

Taste: Roasted malt starts the beer off and lingers for quite a while. Mid palate you get some chocolate covered dark fruit notes with the back end finishing with a touch of roasted coffee and some bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: Very good example of the style. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:22:06 | More by DarthKostrizer
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

01-15-2012 15:02:28 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-15-2012 14:55:43 | More by mrebeka
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

High-gloss black, with a deep tan head, clinging like bubbly walls to the sides of the glass.

The beer is to the side of my laptop, each sitting on my laptop desk and I can offer a review of what it smells like from here. Thick roasted grains, like cocoa, dark coffee and even a hint of licorice.

Enjoyable burnt flavors are highly prominent - one of the bigger stouts out there. There's a significant depth to that roastiness, but other than some woodiness, jam and dark fruits, I'm not getting much else for layers of flavor. Floralish hops hide way in the background. But what's here is exceptional.

Low carbonation, with just a mild burn and dryness to close.

Good beer - just wish I could pick up a broader array of flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:31:35 | More by mdcrouser
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btesta

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-14-2012 23:00:23 | More by btesta
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4/5  rDev -8%

01-14-2012 22:25:23 | More by Stoutsman
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rebelthrower

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. First thought about this beer from the second I poured this.

A - Very dark brown almost black. slight bit of red. Head was half a thumb. It was a mocha in color. Very little to no lacing and disappears very quickly.

S - Chocolaty and mocha seems very sweet. A bit of alcohol too.

T - A bit of roastly. Chocolate and sweet. A little fruity undertones.

M - Very smooth and a bit chewy. Nice carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Very sold beer all the way around. I am definitely heading to the store to pick up another tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:59:10 | More by rebelthrower
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-14-2012 03:01:32 | More by KarlSpackler
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HopJack

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-14-2012 02:20:11 | More by HopJack
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011, 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark black color with a tan head and a and spots of lacing.

Smells: a sweet roasted malt and slight caramel like note with a pleasant hop character.

Tastes: as the nose insisted. there is a vanilla oak sweetness with a well balanced roasted malt and floral hop background.

Mouthfeel: for an Imperial at ten and a half% this is a super smooth and well balanced brew. The aftertaste leaves a roasted malt with the earthy wood flavor that is sweeter in the taste, but beautiful bitter hops in the aftertaste. mildly carbonated.

Overall: this was a tasty brew that is at a great price when you can find it around. I like how smooth it is, and I wish I would have bought a couple more at $6 a pop.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:39:49 | More by kennylopez
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited Spring 2009 Release.
Drinking this as I type. Was intending to keep this a little longer but became one of those 'special occasions because I opened the beer' moments you hear about in movies like Sideways.

Typical stout appearance. One quarter inch darkisg magnolia head which thins over the course of the drink but never fully disappears. Opaque glossy black. Dark earthy tar-ish nose but sort of subtle about it.

Very very very long on the palate, so intense and so long (yeah, I mentioned that) but just not overly heavy but intense, dense, eartry and complex too.. Love the 100% like black chocolate quality too. There's a tannic vinous quality about it as well. The booze slowly creeps up on you.

Truly great. A true Imperial Russian Stout but not stupidly huge and roidish either. Just right.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:21:07 | More by Zimbo
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ZPB

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2012 21:56:35 | More by ZPB
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,669 ratings.