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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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7,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,452
Reviews: 2,628
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,758 | FT: 101
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Ratings: 7,452 | Reviews: 2,628
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7 bomber from Parker Liquor.
Pours pure black- no light coming through at all. Huge mountain of brown foam, sticks around a while, light even lacing.
The scent is amazing: chocolate, dark coffee, brown sugar/molasses, some prones. Smells very enticing.
What complex, well rounded flavors! Absolutely wonderfull all around. Sweet malt, molasses, dark fruits, moving into slight smoke, slight alcohol, with roasted flavors. Aftertaste is not what you finish with though, it returns to a well balanced flavor including the sweetness once again.
Extremely drinkable, considering the ABV. Light/moderate carbonation. Overall outstanding.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. 2012 Vintage.

A - Pours the color of motor oil with a surprisingly thin mocha head that dies to a thin film and halo quickly. It does leave great lacing.

S - Smell is powerful and there is a lot going on. Some burnt malts balanced with choclatey sweetness. Has a backbone of dark fruits with a hint of tree bark. Fantastic.

T - Very malty up front with a combination of sweet bread, chocolate, and toasted malt. There is some rich blackcurrant and plum as well, giving this a bit of a fruit character. Coffee on the back end with a slightly smokey booze finish.

M - Creamy feel with light carbonation. Leaves my tastebuds coated and tingling. Suits the depth of flavors in this beer nicely.

O - I have been keeping an eye out for this since late April and it just came in to my local Total Wine today. Not sure what the holdup was, but I'm happy to have it now. The nose was very impressive, probably one of the best smelling RIS (or IRS?) I have tried. The flavor is delicious and complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, fruit, oak, and toastiness. The high alcohol doesn't really show itself (although I find myself saying that more and more so it may just be my palate becoming accustomed to these double digit ABV'ers). Overall a great stout and at $5.99 a bomber, a great value. I will put one away to see how it ages.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a completely impenetrable black, god only knows whats hiding inside there, pours with a finger and half of rich deep mocha color which is frothy and thick in texture, lingers nicely and leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: astounding complexity in the scent, chocolate, coffee and a surprising spiciness which likely is from the alcohol content
T: begins with a nice sweetness, the middle is deep with tons of roasted malt character and a distinct spiciness which as i had said earlier is from the ABV, delicious and drinkable to say the least. as it warms the only complexity that really jumps out more IMO is the alcohol burn and maybe a slight coffee note
M: noticeably thick on the palate, actually leaves the palate quite dry, slight alcohol burn on the sides of the tongue
O: its yummy, its drinkable, but i have absolutely had IRS's with more complexity and a richer flavor profile, i had honestly expected more given this brews pedigree

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle, poured a little into a snifter glass (and shared the rest with friends)

A- Black. Resembles used motor oil. Dark khaki/brown head, half a fingers worth that dissipates very quickly. Some alcohol legs on the glass.

S- I sure hope the taste follows the smell. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of dark fruits, with a touch of earthy hops in there as well

T- Delicious. A dark chocolate (think 80% cacao) hits up front with a nice coffee as well. There is a hint of the dark fruits I smelled, and just a touch of the earthy hop base as well. Just a tad sweet, and the bitterness from the chocolate and coffee notes balance perfectly.

M- Coats the mouth, viscous, and full on the palette. A hint of carbonation is spot on.

O- One of the greatest stouts I've ever had the pleasure of having. Will certainly get a bottle or two before it's gone for this year.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 22oz bomber...

Appearance - Pours about a finger of medium cocoa brown head, color is a deep brown black, transparent mahogany edges, but light does not pass throu the center of the glass. Leaves nice foamy rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Wow, rich roast, molasses, soy sauce, dark chocolate, plum peel, and some fresh brewed french roast coffee in the background.

Taste - OMG, this is so complex and nicely balanced - this is a symphony of: roasted dark fruits, dark chocolate, rich full bodied coffee, plum and cherry skins, rum/fruitcake crusts, there is a touch of alcohol that tastes like amaretto - complimentary, not hot at all. There is just enough sweetness to balance, but is a natural dark fruit sweetness - and just the slightest soy sauce saltiness - the perfect combination of sweet, savory, char and salt.

Mouthfeel - Medium for sure, just mouthcoating, very silky and smooth, but not sticky or syrupy at all. Carb is on the lower side and is soft and foamy - accentuates the smoothness and allows the flavors to build, doesn't scrub the palate at all. Finishes with just a slight combo of tart, dry and char. Sets the stage for the next sip...

Overall - What a wonderful and flavorful stout. It's almost hard to believe this is 10.5%, alcohol is very well hidden. Warming comes from deep within, not in the mouth or the throat. Allowing this one to warm up will accentuate the sweetness of the dark fruits and the tartness of their skins, along with the amaretto-like flavors in this RIS. I feel that the roasty characteristics are actually more present at cooler temps - I would recommend enjoying this one at about 45 degrees. They diminish beyond 50. Try this one for sure if you see it.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Titans77
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bomber
A - The same shade of pitch black that you find when you stare into space at night. Khaki brown half finger of head with slight carbonation. Solid looking stout.

S- Espresso and Dark Chocolate form an aroma that pleases the nostrils. Some slight pepper aroma to go with the roasted malts. Very pleasing smell.

T - The smell but on the taste buds. Wow! This is an AWESOME brew. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso and some dark pepper in the background. Stone hit the mark.

M - full bodied and coats the mouth in an insanely thick RIS. The only downside? A bit boozy tasting for me. 10.5% but it is as prevelent as beers that are upwards of 15%. A small gripe for a great brew

O - Gotta buy this stuff if you see it on shelves. Up there with Ten Fidy and BA Yeti!

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,452 ratings.