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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,936 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,936
Reviews: 2,583
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 524
Gots: 1,515 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hopstout, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Irrationalist, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jk3, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

G-Hawk, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of pisano
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2012 vintage

a: pours opaque black with 2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly

s: chocolate, toasty malts, alcohol is definitely present

t: dark roasted malt, chocolate covered espresso beans, slightly sweet, boozy finish

m: rich mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol burn

o: so good but will definitely get better with age

pisano, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. Wolfbrau House of Beer in St Peters, MO.

A: Pitch black with dark tan head, appears creamy.

S: Roast, chocolate.

T: As chocolatey as you can get without having chocolate in the beer. Very pleasant bitterness helps give an extreme impression of dark chocolate. Bone dry. I want more.

M: Creamy, thick, viscous.

D: Danger, danger, danger. So easy to drink at 10.5% abv...

Megahertz, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

RebornStussy, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber "2011 Classic Release"

Appearance - Pours a viscous black with a large pillowy tan head. At least two fingers. Slow to form but it fades a little too quick. A little bit of lacing.

Aroma - Roasted coffee and tons of chocolate malts. Some hops and alcohol detected as well.

Taste - Lots of different roasted malt flavors. Starts out a little sweet. Hints of dark fruits. Burnt roasted coffee. some booziness and some meld hop bitterness that seems to linger. Thought there would be some more complexity but it ends up being a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. thick, chewy.low caronation. Extended bitter finish. Like I said, the beer isn't all that complex but it does its job. Its solid it packs plenty of flavor and is an easy drink with only a slight booziness for a 10.5% beer.

nimrod979, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black with brown highlights and a thick tan head.

S: sweet roasted malt and hop bitterness, earthy tones.

T: big roasted flavor, caramel, and hop bitterness.

M: medium heavy body and medium carbonation

Overall very nice, but none of the component parts wow me right after I drank a hunahpu's stout. Was better aged a year than it is right now.

Holland, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

muskiesman, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jminch, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

n00blar, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed 4/28/12

Note: 2011 bottle - I've had this enough times to arrogantly suggest that this turns from excellent to legendary after a year

Appearance: Pours dark brown and heavy, starts off with a moderately sized tan head, fades to a little ring, leaves wisps and spots of lacing

Smell: Pretty much anything that anyone could want for this style - chocolate in multiple forms - dark chocolate, chocolate malts - burnt, but not extremely burnt - some herbal, spicy hops (this aspect is a bit more interesting when fresh) - tons of roastiness, roasted malts and roasted coffee - some black licorice and dark fruit

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate with so many layers - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate malts, burnt malts, burnt grains, burnt toast, dark fruits such as figs, burnt coffee, espresso, caramel, burnt sugar, licorice - so much stuff going on, and it mellows beautifully over a year - I can't say anything negative

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full body, nicely carbonated, a little chewy

Overall: An industry standard

I love this beer. It's such a great RIS, yet it isn't impossible to find. In fact, it's easy to find, and it's reasonably priced. It's not the greatest thing I've ever tasted, but I've purchased this every year since I turned 21 and I do not intend on stopping until my liver fails.

angrybabboon, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with light chocolate milk colored head.

Smell is akin to coffee with heavy cream but with notes of alcohol and hops throughout. You can probably guess this will be on the sweeter/creamier side.

Taste is almost chocolate milk, but it's offset by roasted coffee bitterness and alcohol. Dry dark chocolate + coffee finish.

The carbonation lifts the heaviness of this beer, otherwise, it'd feel like you're drinking syrup. It also works well to usher in the coffee bitterness.

This beer is pretty damn full bodied. I'd even wager it being on the consistency of a lighter, fizzy chocolate milk. Damn good stout, very filling.

BoatsSinkBro, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

aminobutyricacid, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

meltroha, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

barbellsNbeers, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Ted, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2012 bottle at my local. Poured from a 22oz into a tall tulip.

A: Pours a deep black with a lightly-colored chocolate head. Head is thick and sticky, leaving all kinds of nice lacing and very good retention.

S: Big nose of roasted barley, chocolate, sweet milky coffee, soapy yeast. Very slight solvent alcohol behind.

T: Big quaff of sweet, alcohol-laced chocolate with a bit of roastiness. Alcohol brings in some subtle dark fruits (raisins, prune). A bit of a metallic note and hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a bang-on recipe - quintessential RIS. Incredibly solid.

Etan, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of mschind
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the 2012 batch

A- Gave it a vigorous pour into a chalice yielding a huge rocky looking mocha colored head that dissipated quickly and coated the glass nicely with good lacing. It’s dark brown bordering on black, almost opaque. Lots of carbonation strings are visible along the sides of the glass.

S- Nose is mild spice, roasted malt and alcohol sweetness. I’m looking for the chocolate and coffee but I’m just not getting it.

T- The nose let me down but the taste is huge. Sweet licorice up front with mild roasted bitterness in the middle, some dark chocolate and a slightly dry finish. Nice complexity across the entire palate. The alcohol warmth comes through later.

M- This is full bodied brew, maybe even a bit syrupy which is a good thing here. Silky smooth with subtle carbonation.

O- This is my new favorite stout and a fantastic value at $5.99. Don’t serve this too cold. I had to let the second pour warm up a bit to get the best head and flavor profile. Definitely one to savor and pair with food. The brewer says that it cellars well so I plan to put this in the collection.

mschind, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

StealieClimber, Apr 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

cardern, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Listers, Apr 27, 2012
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,936 ratings.