Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
Appearance: rich blackish/brown with amber highlights. Tan, half finger head that recedes rather quickly. Good lacing.
Smell: chocolate with anise. Coffee also enters the picture.
Taste: Wow! Rich. Expresso and chocolate rock the palate. Licorice slides in. Smooth finish. This is what IRS's are all about.
Mouthfeel: medium, almost chewy. Carbonation really lingers on the tongue.
Overall: A royal, omnipotent sipping stout. Even better as it warms. Would happily buy again. Stone IRS and Old Raspy are the best two IRS's I've tried.
11-20-2011 16:45:11 | More by brewskifan55
3.88/5 rDev -10.6%
2011 classic release, bomber poured into a snifter.
Pours black, looked like coffee as it swirled around the glass. There's a dark cappuccino colored head that stand 1-2mm tall, looks very thick and tightly packed. There's no light getting through this dark bastard. The head very quickly dissipated to a very splotchy coating on top of the beer, no apparent lacing.
This beer smells very toasty, almost pushing burnt. There's a little bit of booze on the nose, notes of anise and even a little hop character. (the smell makes me think 'burnt marshmallows and campfire', though it's not campfirey)
Very powerful carbonation dancing along the tongue and palate all the way through the finish. There's a lot of alcohol coming through the oddly placed malt sweetness. It's very drinkable considering it's 10.5abv, it just goes down rather smoothly.
As the bottle recommended, I have a few in store for a cold winter night a year or two from now. The beer is good now, but I'd imagine it'll even better later.
11-20-2011 00:08:54 | More by eslemarc
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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