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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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6,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,915
Reviews: 2,582
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,502 | FT: 83
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  rDev -7.8%

jstewart1130, Jan 03, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

the body is as close to black as brown can be. a finger of mocha colored head slowly settled into a crescent shape on top. the nose is comprised of roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate and smoke. taste is full of big robust coffee and chocolate notes with a touch of roastie smoky goodness and a generous warming effect from the alochol. mouthfeel is full body, creamy, good carbonation and a bitter finish from the dark chocolate. my only complaint about this beer is the mouthfeel should be sticky like syrup, but i think the high abv might be cutting it for a cleaner feel.

match1112, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Breylan, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

chicagogirlie, Jan 01, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a Guinness pint. Marked as "2011 Classic Release".

A - Pitch black with 2 fingers of brown foam that slowly dissipates to a lace that leaves traces along the sides of the glass.

S - Coffee, smokiness and toasted notes along with alcohol.

T - Hot DAMN! This is strong! Heavy on the toasted malts, smokiness, dark fruits and coffee. There's a sweet taste I can't really recognize (bourbon, perhaps?), but then it's followed by dark chocolate and alcohol. This is really a complex brew! What I'm writing is not even close to what it really tastes like!

M - So syrupy and smooth is nearly syrup! It goes down smoothly, yet you can feel how it warms your tongue and throat as you drink it. You can barely feel the carbonation, but the alcohol is definitely there (along with so many other flavors).

Overall, it is the strongest stout (isn't that redundant?) I've ever tasted and my first IRS. The moment I took the first sip I regretted instantly I poured almost the entire bottle in the glass; it almost knock me on my back over how strong it is. This "viscous beauty" as it's written in the side of the bottle is a dangerous and sinful stout (although Stone claims no sin was committed in the production of this brew) is worth to seek and drink. It was a whole new experience for me, but I think I'll stick with regular American Doubles/Imperial Stouts.

Pexkool, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

This is a 2009 spring release I got in a trade with GrumpyJunglist.

A - Charcoal black with no head.

S - Smokey and faint chocolates.

T - Starts off with some mild chocolate taste and then you can taste the alcohol and then some smokiness.

M - Pretty silky and stays coated to the mouth.

O - I like this one but have never tasted it before so I can't compare to the 2010 or 2011. Even after two years of aging you can still taste the alcohol quite a bit. Overall not my favorite but definitely good.

Popp24, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

jhighlandbrewing, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

cerunincos, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

guytyping, Dec 31, 2011
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, small bubbled, light brown head that holds to the glass as you go. Aromas are rich, with blackstrap molasses, dark roasted coffee, and old world fruit sweetness. The beer has a full, round body, and delivers an initial blast of dark roast coffee initially. Forward flavors are immediately followed up by a strong molasses and chocolate palate, with a deep, dark sweetness overall, and a slight hopping at the end of the flavor profiles. Cleans itself up very nicely, leaving a roasty and boozey aftertaste that has hints of fruit character. Very smooth, clean finish. Tremendous beer.

GarthDanielson, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

bespin15, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

TheEvilGenius, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jwalden, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

havok1024, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,915 ratings.