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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,536 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,536
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,377 | FT: 77
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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ryantho00

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a black bomber. Comes with a nice warning on the backside of the label! 'Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!' Ha ha, nice and fitting for this wonderful beer.

I poured this aggressively to first taste, which resulted in a black, thick liquid with a nice 3 finger creamy froth that dissipate to almost nothing. A nice lacing is left behind through the brew. I poured the second taste much more carefully and the 2 finger lingered for a minute or so, but not long.

This beer exhibits roasted coffee aromas and a spicy blackcurrant and dark cherry. I get a slight hint of alcohol as well.

This is a full bodied stout that starts with roasted coffee and mocha flavors with a slight hoppiness that leads into a fruitiness of cherry, raisen, and some spice and oak. Halfway through I get some caramel and alcohol almost bourbon flavored. Everything is well blended and remarkably drinkable for this whopping 10.5%abv. I must note the bottle states its a 2011 classic release. Slightly higher than the usual IRS. I get a fruity creamy roasted coffee and cherry aftertaste that has a nice lasting effect. Well done Stone for blending everything exceptionally well together.

This is a wonderful drink and take on IRS style. In Stone's traditional bold style, not for the feint of heart!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:04:50 | More by ryantho00
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer (that I'm finally rating) that was for me as I imagine it might be for many a gateway beer into the craft realm back in college maybe around 2004. This is beer that even if you have had crazy awesome rare beers in the RIS category or whatever category, you still can come back to this beer and be very pleased. There was a thread about beers that the BA community should 'respect' even if they are not the 'best' or 'rarest', and for me this is definitely one of those beers.

A: deep dark black hue with a nice tan head and some nice lacing as well. A great start.

S: Charred alcohol infused malts with an over-riding coffee and roast. Some other notes of cocoa nib, dark berries maybe blackberry.cherry, vanilla, maybe port-like notes, and some more, really nice RIS aroma.

T: The smell with an abundance of layers in flavor. Chocolate soaked malt and espresso roast. A nice hop ester bitter finish with overall charred malts lingering. The middle of the beer is reminiscent of pastry, to me a fillo dough chocolate croissant. Some licorice/anise notes too. What a great tasting beer. For me, amazingly the flavor is up there with Kate, Dark Lord and all those other crazy RIS.

M: Smooth and semi thick, not as palate coating and thick as I normally like but still nice.

Overall, a splendid. An amazing example of the style and aggressive! Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 13:31:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
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lazjuarez

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Vintage: 2011 Classic Release

A: Pours a dark, almost like motor oil black in color. About 1 finger worth of mocha colored head that dissipates to a nice cap, leaving behind a good amount of lacing along with some alcohol legs.

S: Nose is full of roasted malts, sweet espresso notes, milk chocolate, and a light alcohol note that really brings everything together nicely.

T: Big coffee flavor, not as sweet as the nose. Has a good note of alcohol that helps balance the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, coats the mouth well. For a 10.5% ABV, I can barely notice, although it does has have a slight warming effect. Overall a very well put together stout from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:45:43 | More by lazjuarez
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Near black with initial thick brown head, leaving some light lacing behind.

Smell: Lots of molasses along with some anise, soy sauce, chocolate and coffee. Seems to be a decent amount of spicy hops as well.

Taste: Close to equal measures of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and anise. The finish has a strong roasted bite, and is also spicy, bitter and a little bit salty.

Feel: Massive, thick (but extremely smooth and creamy) body. Moderately low carbonation, fairly dry finish and very warming.

Overall: This is surprisingly a very straightforward RIS. While I might have expected something a little more out of left field from Stone, I am impressed by how well they made a traditional Imperial Stout. Fantastic stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:36:46 | More by bsp77
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Bfarr

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black with a moderate tight brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Espresso, chocolate and light licorice aroma. Rich roasted coffee and alcohol with a chocolate end finishing with a biting hops and roasted bitterness. Thick, frothy and very smooth.

’09- alcohol is stronger but melds well with blended, mellower flavors and a bit more sweetened chocolate.

Another beer I enjoyed pre-BA shattered…sigh. I held this beer in such high esteem I held on to my ’09 to sample against the newer version. It’s not as complex as I remember as I see it now a bit high on the roasted side. Certainly a great beer but it just can’t live up to the pedestal and expectations I had previously had for it. Oh I was so naïve… blessed ignorance. Damn my developing palate and BA for introducing me to a wonderful world of beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:49:36 | More by Bfarr
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plfahey

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a tulip glass. (8/11/11)

Appearance-Midnight black and totally opaque-sucks in light like a black hole. Impossible to discern clarity. Moderate sized light brown head with decent retention.

Aroma-Wow-Chocolate, cinnamon, cherries, plums, prunes, coffee, roasted malt, touch of caramel, some alcohol notes, and some green, citrusy hops. The amount of chocolate in the aroma is impressive, and manifests as brownies, malted milk balls, and german chocolate cake. Smells delicious.

Flavor-Chocolate cake up front before fading into roasted espresso flavors. Roast comes through strong, but doesn't quite become burnt. Some citrus and floral hop flavors show through, along with moderate hop bitterness. Some fruit comes through in the finish (cherry and prune). Aftertaste is fruity with roast bitterness and drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium full and slightly chewy. Moderate carbonation. Definite alcohol warmth.

A pretty kick-ass RIS, though I think it could improve even a bit more with a little age. Sufficient roast, but not much in the way of burnt flavors, which is okay with me. Moderate amount of fruity esters and tons of chocolate make for a very pleasant beer, and definitely a go-to for dessert pairing.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 07:37:52 | More by plfahey
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 22oz bottle. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, a thin cap of medium khaki head which disappears quickly to a ring which sticks around for awhile. Almost no lacing.

S: Roasted malt melds nicely with coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream. Very well balanced.

T: Roasted malt and coffee. Alcohol is a tad noticeable at the end, but that's my only complaint.

M: On the lighter end of carbonation, which supports the beer nicely. Full bodied.

O: Exceptional, well-made stout, well balanced and easy to drink. This is so easily available and reasonably priced that this should be a staple.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 05:34:23 | More by pmarlowe
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo. An indulgent $6.50 12 oz. pour.

Lord Hobo's uncharacteristically excellent lighting allowed me to really appreciate the appearance of this beer. It's very dark, not quite black but certainly eggplant purple. A light tan one-finger head really sticks around. I couldn't stop swirling this one - great lacing around my glass. Just a few legs running down the sides. Very nice.

Quite a lot of chocolate and coffee in the smell. As it warmed, I could detect just a hint of an alcohol burn, but it was accompanied by a touch of vanilla as well. Strangely enough, not many dark fruits in the nose, which jives with my past experiences with this beer.

The taste is a coffee explosion, reminiscent of very fresh Speedway Stout. Deep dark chocolate flavors alongside the coffee, with a really enticing bitter/sweet balance at work. There's a robust hop profile that lends another bittering element to temper what would otherwise be an overly sweet RIS. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, thick and lush without feeling syrupy. This just goes down so easily.

A modicum of the style and a superb beer. This year's batch is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 02:47:55 | More by amphion1065
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DrewV

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (2011 Classic release at 10.5% ABV) into a snifter.

A: A pitch black liquid emerges from the bottle and resides equally dark in the glass. A darkish mocha colored 1-finger head leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Alcohol "legs" stream down the glass, showing a heavy ABV.

S: Dark roast, a bit of dark fruit hiding in the aroma, moderate coffee, well-balanced overall. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

T: Syrupy sweet malt initially latches onto your taste buds and doesn't let go. Thick, hearty roast with some faint coffee. Some bitterness from the balancing hops comes into play towards the end. The booze breaks through the flavor profile and kicks you in the throat midway through the sip. Although this is a well-crafted brew, it loses a few points due to the booze.

M: Wow, this is a thick brew. Extremely hearty, almost syrupy in its body. A well-balanced malt and hop bomb all rolled into one. Adequately carbonated, but definitely on the lighter side, which suits the style well. An oily finish brings up the rear while the aftertaste trails off on the chocolate-coffee side with added bitterness.

O: This ain't no amateur's beer! A thick, hearty, boozy brew that takes a developed palate to appreciate. A bit too heavy on the solventy alcohol for my taste; this brew would certainly benefit from a year or two in the cellar to calm down the bitterness and booze.

NOTE: To be fair, the bottle DOES warn of this beer's hearty and boozy nature. In that regard, it certainly lives up to its promise. Be warned!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:30:43 | More by DrewV
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LaneMeyer

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Black, with beautiful one/two finger, tan/light tan head.

S- Roasted malts, maple syrup, brown sugar, some hints of dark fruits.

T- Big roasted malts, slightly bitter

M- Thick, rich, nicely carbonated, very smooth.

O- This is a great example of a RIS. It's nothing overly exciting but for the price it really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 07:32:53 | More by LaneMeyer
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 release, 10.5% abv.

Appearance: Black as night, with a big muddy brown head that leaves considerable lacing

Smell: Smells of rich dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, black currant

Taste: Rich and decadent, intense dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malts, black currant, plums, caramel, and some bit of hops in there. It has a good balance between sweet and bitter, with sweet winning out. No booziness or alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, rich, thick and velvety smooth

Overall: This is a top brew for me, and my favorite from Stone by far. I'm glad I grabbed a few bottles this year, it will be tough for it to last me until next release. Probably one of the best, if not the best, Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:35:27 | More by MadCat
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BelgiumBill

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.99 for a 22 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This is the 2011 release. I served it in a Guinness pint glass at 49 degrees.

It was a jet black color with no signs of light even at the rim. A medium beige 1.5 inch foamy head with bubbles held up for several minutes gently clinging to the side of the glass.

A swirl and a sniff revealed roasted malts, molasses, sambuca, and dark roast coffee.

My first thoughts entering the mouth is thick, full outhfeel and balance. The 2nd sip revealed a complex roasted flavor profile along with ample hop bite that you would expect from Stone. Cuban coffee and licorice lead the flavor bill.

I was surprised that the flavors were no more intense given the color and forthright nose. Don't be mistaken, while not as intense or in your face as other imperials, this was a masterpiece of complexity, balance, and mouthfeel exceeding what one would normally find in an imperial.

The alcohol was present but well integrated into the structure and not at all boozy aside from the licorice reminiscent of sambuca.

The bottle suggests you buy a case and drink one every 3-6 months to see how it develops. I may actually do that. It was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:35:23 | More by BelgiumBill
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle into a Duvel tulip; I can't believe I haven't gotten around to reviewing this one yet.

A: No surprises here: it's thick, black, and opaque with two fingers of solid, frothy brown head that sticks around admirably and leaves some nice lace. You can't ask for anything more from an RIS.

S: Rich, robust aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some prominently piney + citrusy hops. I really like the aggressive hoppiness as a compliment to the big time roast, but there's something about the aroma that keeps reminding me of bug spray - it's a kind of sharp, herbal bitterness that (positively) reminds me of being at my cabin in Wisconsin, but also (negatively) the distasteful odor of Off. Is this what you get when you mix high-alpha hops, roasted barley, and noticeable alcohol? Oh, well, at least it's a minor component of the predominantly enjoyable nose.

T: Bittersweet roasted malts start things off, with some lovely dark chocolate and dark fruits; coffee and char show the depth of the roast midway through, and alcohol combines with huge grapefruit hop bitterness on the long, hot, vicious finish. I love how huge the flavors are, but there's no denying that the finish is beyond rough. As it approaches room temperature, though, it finally gets sweet enough to handle the bitterness, and even adds a nice bit of spiciness. I think this is one that will benefit from some age, but it's damn tasty right now.

M: Thick, viscous, and nicely carbonated. Luscious.

O: This is a deservedly well-regarded beer (and especially impressive given the relatively reasonable price tag), but it's desperately in need of some charm school - as of right now its booziness and bitterness are just too unmannered for polite company. I've been drinking so many light summer beers lately, though, that this is the perfect complement to a rainy August evening. I'll have to open up a 2010 bottle soon to see how it compares, but sadly bombers aren't conducive to solo verticals so that won't be tonight.

Cheers!

Edit: I'm drinking one of my 2010s right now, and it's even more delicious. Still gorgeous, devoid of bugspray aromas, and packed with the same flavors - minus the burn. A year and a half of age has really tamed the beast, and right now its balanced mix of dark chocolate brownie batter sweetness and fruity hop bitterness is working beautifully. I'd probably give it a set of scores along the lines of 5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5. Terrific beer, and only $8. I just saw 5 more 2010s on the shelf last night, so now that I've confirmed my suspicion that the beer ages well I'll be cleaning them out.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:03:46 | More by woosterbill
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fsvan

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. 2011 vintage.

A- Extremely dark. Maybe not quite black, but not far from it. 2 fingers of frothy dark head.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, some bitterness. The 10.5% is hidden incredibly well. The coffee notes dominate.

T- Tons of bitterness. Roasted malts. The coffee in the nose is not nearly as apparent on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden very well again.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, but could be a little heavier for such a big RIS.

O- Stone IRS is a damn good beer. It isn't a top 100 beer in the world, in my opinion, but it is very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:00:33 | More by fsvan
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent 3 finger, brown head which left lots of lace. This beer poured thick from the bottle. This is as dark as it gets with no real light getting through.

S: I caught the aroma of this beer as it poured a good foot from my nose. Roasty and a decent amount of coffee, caramel and chocolate and notes. Cocoa is apparent as well.

T: Initial coffee fades to a semi-sweet roasted flavor. Bit of a crisp alcohol character.

M: Oily, thick beer. Full bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Well, this is a very nice beer. I definitely am not going to be drinking these often just because of the alcohol content but the beer is very complete and an all around top in its genre.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:19:53 | More by kylehay2004
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lnashsig

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Stone RIS poured into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a pitch black, syrupy texture. Awesome brown/tan head, about 3 fingers. No light gets through this at all. Just black as motor oil. Smell- roasty, mocha, dark chocolate. Dark fruits, maybe some coffee bitterness. Taste- bitterness, roasty notes, dark chocolate, the alcohol is definitely here- not very well hidden, but I think I actually like my RIS to burn me every now and then. Something to hit you in the face and say "I'm a badass and you are a weakling". Back to the review...definite dark fruits and a warming alcohol presence. At the end, there is a bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel- this is slick, and although is a definite sipper, is nice and velvety. Drinkability- this beer is menacing, evil, and wants to impose its dark will upon you. I bought 3 bottles of this, and can't wait to see what it does after a couple years on it. Some of the alcohol heat will die, and it will be super super smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:03:23 | More by lnashsig
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter a dark black high viscosity beautiful color with tan cream head that was very thin. Some lacing occurs and a very thin layer sticks around.

S - ROASTED roasting malty goodness! A dry, coffee scent with some hints of dark chocolate. Also had a smores like smell just without the marshmallow. Next time, I'll dip a marshmallow in this one.

T - Much like the smell. Coffee and malts with some oatmeal character. Not as much chocolate as I expected.

M - Very dry character with some good carbonation.

O - A solid stout with some excellent scents. Not as sweet as I like but nonetheless, still very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:45:34 | More by brstls4drmrs
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notchucknorris

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a big and creamy tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dried apple, wet earth, black cherries and some faint smoke.

T: Molasses, dark chocolate, plum, some hints of other dark fruit and a bit of coffee. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for me. Solid, but not as good as I remember this being last year.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:41:56 | More by notchucknorris
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Macky20

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2011 classic, poured into Bells Tulip.

Aggresive pour creates a one inch foamy head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Aroma is heavenly.... cocoa, coffee, molasses. First taste is great as expected, with the same notes and the addition of hints of raisins and cream. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, lacing and density of head could be a slight bit heavier. Amazing beer i had to try fresh because of the hype. Time to grab a few for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:46:06 | More by Macky20
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angrygrimace

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip; this is the 2011 classic release.

Pours a pitch black with a slight beige head with little retention. Little visible carbonation. Nose is mostly roasted coffees and a bit of chocolate and slight notes of vanilla and alcohol. Does not appear nearly as motor-oil thick as Yeti or Speedway Stout.

Taste is actually somewhat surprising; you definitely have your big coffees up front, but it's quite balanced. Big, rich and malty. Other reviewers seem to have found noticeable alcohol in the taste, but I didn't find that the case with this batch; very smooth.

Doesn't feel super thick in the mouth, but there is a bit of that viscous quality you expect out of an IRS.

Overall it's one of the best IRS's I've tried. I'm used to a much thicker and harsher drink with an IRS; this one's a bit uncharacteristic of what I'm used to with the style but makes for an excellent sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 21:35:29 | More by angrygrimace
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Fenris244

Texas

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my duvel tulip

looks good already, pour black with a frothy orange head, good retention and lacing

very chocolatey on the nose with good amounts of coffee and roasted malt.

very sweet and chocolate upfront, quickly becomes bitter and full of roasted malt and coffee flavors, bits of caramel on the short but pleasant finish

mouthfeel, heavier in body, smooth and low in carbonation

overall, this is what Imperial russians should be, big bold strong beers that dont fool around, love it

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:08:33 | More by Fenris244
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sdmvd6

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours black and viscous with about a finger of tan head which disappears rapidly. Little lace is left as the beer is drank.

S - A lot of coffee in the nose along with the usual roasted malt. A good amount of alcohol definitely comes forward with this.

T - This is an extremely smooth imperial stout. There is a lot of coffee up front followed by a touch of bittersweet chocolate and then definite roasted malt. [Edit]: Dark fruit becomes noticeable just before the finish. Coffee and roasted malt is apparent in the finish along with some booziness. The roasty flavors mask the alcohol content extremely well.

M - Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth for the style.

O - Stone offers a great example of an RIS with this brew. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the style. The smoothness can't be overstated, and the balance of flavors along with that make for a wonderfully drinkable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:49:51 | More by sdmvd6
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never bought this one- always a beer I skipped. Now imperial stouts aren't my bread and butter, but I do enjoy them from time to time. Figured I'd give this a go, and I'm glad I did. 2011 Vintage into pint glass.

Pours more dark brown than black although it walks the line. Spotty but nice lacing, head settles quickly.

Nose brings on some dried fruit, dates, figs? And some coffee. Bit of hot cocoa there too. Odd, but intriguing.

This one really shines when you take a sip, though. Flavors are bold, pretty hoppy and lots of dark malt goodness. Coffee is bitter like espresso, chocolate has some sweet cream to it. Fruit that was strong in the nose is all-but-gone, not that I'm complaining.

The beer is a bit much this fresh, but I can dig it. Alcohol heat is there, so letting this one sit and mellow a bit might prove successful. I'm enjoying this one as-is, though.

Overall, this is one of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. It's one I def. can see myself buying again. Well done, Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 15:21:52 | More by ShogoKawada
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claspada

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage courtesy of my favorite beer pal HimerMan. Pours as dark as freakin' night; small brown leathery looking (is that possible) one finger head of foam. Crazy nice lacing as well.
Aromas begin with dark roasted malts (expected), comprised of dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, and a light milk/sweet chocolate note. As it warms you get great dark fruitiness (black cherries all over the place).
The tastes begin with waves and waves of various chocolate flavors. I get dark chocolate and milk chocolate and bakers chocolate and Hershey's cocoa powder, wow! As it warms I get the dark cherries again which is a glorious quality that develops from these Russian Imp Stouts when they are aged properly. Finish is dry due to either the initial hop bill or the abundance of dark roasted malts in the grain bill.
The mouthfeel is fantastic; coats your entire mouth with the dark bitter chocolate flavors and lingers on your tongue for a decent amount of time after you sip. Plenty of carbonation which I always appreciate and it drinks medium to full bodied overall I have to say. Overall, d@mn girl sh#t; this beer is meant for aging. Some like it young when it's more hoppy and bitter and acrid, but I cannot highly recommend more that you should age this for at least 2 years (preferably up to 4 or more apparently) to enjoy the great complexity that this beer can offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:29:55 | More by claspada
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jamespub

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50* in my fishbowl snifter. the best glass for stouts.

A- Dark, good RIS carbonation that dissipates quickly. leaves the faintest of lacing. thin rim of bubbles around the edge. the faintest of light sneaks through the edges.

S- good. chocolate, malt, booze, and some coffee...

T- so good. it's 100* + outside but i'm still rocking this and loving every minute. sweetness of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt but not overly smokey. mild bitterness to keep it balanced. alcohol is masked well but it's contribution is greatly appreciated. this is an absolutely delicious stout. probably my favorite of all the standard RIS's.

M- Thick, but could stand to be a little thicker IMHO. Feels good and the best parts linger on the tongue after the drink goes down. Nice warming sensation of the alcohol.

O- Considering buying a case of this, if the store will allow it. Such a good beer. It's great fresh, would love it with some age. glad I already have 3 more bottles in the fridge. thank you stone, for coming to Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:17:18 | More by jamespub
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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