Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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7,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,294
Reviews: 2,601
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,645 | FT: 94
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter. 2011 vintage

A: One finger tan head. Pitch black body.

S: Cocoa, licorice, roasted grains, some coffee, dark fruit and faint hops.

T: Chocolate, dark fruit, bitter roasted malt, caramel and molasses.

M: Full body, oily and creamy texture. Soft carb..right about where I want it in a stout. Moderately warming alcohol finish.

O: One of my favorite RIS. Amazing flavor and complexity for such value. Looking forward to buying a stash of 2012.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bambam2517
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and pour - Bought a newly released 2012 vintage in the 22oz bomber. Chilled down to 40f and poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes out slick and black with little carbonation, just a nice bubble ring that quickly dissipates.

Nose - Powerful sweet alcohol is the primary scent I pick up, almost like a red wine or currant. Getting past that I pick up toasted grain and a hint of coffee. Picked up more complexity as it warmed, adding chocolate and a rich fruit tang.

Taste - Really well done, complex and carefully balanced. Initially I really pick up the bittersweet currant, and the coffee doesnt pick up until well after the first swallow. The next taste folds in some chocolate, and its all on a nice base of toasty maltiness that doesnt interfere in the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very warming, picking up just enough of the alcohol. Finishes dry and lets the flavors linger after it goes down.

Overall - One of the most interesting brews I've had in a long time, I'm going to go back and get a case of them to see how it ages. This ones worthy of it for me!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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1/5  rDev -77%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A: pours pitch black with a finger of dense tan head
S: smells of roast malt, a little alcohol, and a tinge of hop bitterness. a little chocolate as well
T: taste is nice and roasty with chocolate and coffee flavors a little bit of alcohol comes through. several more nuanced flavors are there as well with the occasional hint of raisin, molasses, and dark fruit. Hops and more dark malt come through in the aftertaste with a bit more chocolate flavor
M: velvety smooth and full bodied. carbonation is soft and just right for such a beer. fantastic mouthfeel for an RIS
O: this is an absolutely top notch RIS. I'll be grabbing a few more this year.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,294 ratings.