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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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7,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,287
Reviews: 2,601
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 586
Gots: 1,633 | FT: 96
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stem-goblet at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average; Stone is direly overrated but I heard good things about this brew in particular, and I like the style.

Paired with sweet potato fries.

A: Pours a half finger head of khaki colour, nice cream, okay thickness, and bad retention. Colour of the body is a nontransparent solid opaque black. I prefer the head colour of beers in this style to be more of a tan - the darker the better - but khaki does alright. I'm not anticipating a great beer, though. Due to the nontransparency, no yeast particles are visible (if they're there).

Sm: Vanilla, cream, chocolate, caramel, and hints of roast. A mild strength aroma. Roast should be more present given the style. I'm alerted.

T: Generic chocolate and tame cream over a dark malt (chocolate malt inclusive) foundation with underlying caramel. Some vanilla hints that don't amount to much. No real layering here. Not at all complex for the style. Stone played this beer surprisingly safe. Why is it they pick this style to do that on? They seem to force unwelcome flavours into most otherwise simple styles. Decently balanced but built without boldness, experimentation, or inspiration. As Imperial Stouts come, this is pretty generic.

Mf: Silky smooth and wet. Completely wrong for the style; a stout demands dryness and coarseness (from roast) overcome masterfully by cream. That isn't the case here. Too thin. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Russian Imperial stouts like this one are a dime a dozen nowadays. There are far better beers in the style, even at the same or lesser price. It's decent, and I might pick it up in bottled form at a good price, but don't expect masterful brewing. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. In fairness, it'd be a pretty good beginner's Russian Imperial Stout. My main problem with it surrounds its lack of inspiration or specialization; as a generic example of the style it'd be a good introduction for people new to the style.

A decent candidate for aging, but I wouldn't do it meself.

Would pair okay with chocolate. Not real suitable to barbecue.


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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

A-Pours a sinister,inky,opaque black body that rested beneath 2 full inches of creamy tan froth that slowly died reducing down to a solid one inch collar after five minutes and lasted for the duration before leaving full,sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Earthy initially with scents of wet ash and mineral qualities.This gave way to roasty notes of strong,bitter coffee,burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate.

T-Strong,bitter coffee and ash upfront followed by dark chocolate,burnt toast,dark caramelized sugars and a hint of dark,dried fruit.

M-Thick,bitter and earthy with minimal sweetness and a substantial char character.

O-Really happy to have finally tried this.Top notch.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pit glass. Expectations are high. Reviewed live. 2012 release.

A- Poured a very thin mocha head. Coal-black body.

S- Burnt malts, cocoa, Kahlua? Smells, no joke, like coco puffs. Subtle smell.

T- Rich smoky malts with chocolate and coffee notes and a bittersweet finish. Well balanced and tasty. Not perfect though. Lacks some pizzaz.

M- Smooth and quite liquid. Not thick at all.

O- Expected more. I'll let the beer warm a tad and come review it again. Update: a bit sweeter, but still the same "problems" with the cold beer. That said, this is nice and warming.

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A - Black with 1 finger head. Ok retetion

S - I don't smell much going on here. Some malt and slight chocolate perhaps.

T - Perfect flavoring, smoothness and everything else. Very well balanced with chocolate, coffee, roasted flavors and a slight hop crisp finish. Alcohol is noticable but not boozy at all.

Mouthfeel - warm and buttery

Overall - a great imperial stout that anyone would love

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 7,287 ratings.