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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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6,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,963
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 527
Gots: 1,523 | 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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Photo of jbuddle
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle

Man this has aged nicely!

A - looks like a good RIS should, inpenetrable black with a mocha head that sticks around
S - sweet dark fruits and chocolate malt, a bit of booze. No hops at all. The aroma is a bit worrisome because it's so sweet.
T - luckily a nice bitter roastiness balances the sweetness very well. Very complex flavor that is a bit hard to pick apart, some dark rummy fruits and burnt caramel meld into bitter roasty chocolate. That's the best I can do.
M - oily, slick, and a heavy body. A think this is actually a bit overcarbed for my liking but I still think its a 4.
O - age does wonders to an already awesome beer. Very complex and balanced.

jbuddle, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dav, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Swervine44, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of durwood64
5/5  rDev +15.2%

durwood64, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Leftfield00, Jan 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

JFrankParnell, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber enjoyed via a duvel glass

Black, you know it's black, do I really need to explain? Are you really reading this section wondering what colour this beer is..? There's a small khaki head that sadly dies and a thin film of bubbles remains.

Firstly I get a burnt bread aroma that really dominates here. Then it opens up and incorporates some soy sauce and toasted malt character. Cocoa makes a cameo too

Sweet, smooth, reasonable hop bitterness with a hint of booze, this beer has a real brash simplicity of tastes. Theres a big chocolate character that jumps out as it warms, but overall I really enjoyed the balance of this beer. A slow sipper, but an easy sipper.

A little thin in the mouth for an imperial stout, the only factor I felt let this beer down a little.... perhaps a little nit-picking I think.
This beer is one of those abc beers where if you think you enjoy a style of want to get into a style you need to try it. Really looking forward to seeing how this beer ages.

, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of josssmith
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of engagechad
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - pint

Shared with a friend - quite tasty

Pours a very very dark black with dark brown head, everything i look for in a stout.

Smells very good, solid, not too complex in my opinion but the malt is forward with some sharp cocoa

Taste follows, mellow and subdued for the 10.5 abv, acidity is nice

Overall this is a great brew - not a show stopper or anything but it is a very nice RIS

engagechad, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

SirWalkAbout, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Mjmoon15, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sbluerock, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a thick rich black with a large (2-3 finger) dense medium brown creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing slowly to just a little residue that was left clinging to the glass rather nicely.

The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a very mild alcohol presence.

The taste was malty and sweetly bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses early on, and then became a tad bitterer with a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time with the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit being present for a while before the alcohol presence became dominant.

Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an intensely tasty Imperial Stout with a lot of flavor and a strong alcohol taste that was hardly noticeable to the nose.

KajII, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

arkansastroy, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jstewart1130, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 6,963 ratings.