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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,547 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,547
Reviews: 2,565
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,380 | 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.

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mdaschaf

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle, 2008 vintage!

A: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours very dark black, can see no light through it at all. Small mocha head forms and dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edge.

S: Tons of chocolate, I can smell it without even bringing the beer to my nose, it almost has a chocolate milk aroma, some lactose mixed in with the cocoa. A also get a little bit of mint at the end.

T: Wow. The flavor is amazing, I am kicking myself for not getting any of this beer sooner. Very similar to the aroma, the chocolate flavor is massive and extremely rich. There is a little bit of coffee and a touch of dark fruit, but the chocolate dominates..and that makes me happy.

M/D: Definitely fuller bodied, very creamy, and no trace of the alcohol after sitting for a couple of years. Overall, one of the best in the style I have had. Going to head and out and pick some up to age I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:59:19 | More by mdaschaf
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.

2005 vintage.

Pours a used motor oil black with a 1 inch dark brown head that fades to a very small cap. You cannot see through this beer whatsoever when it's held up to the light. Thick ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, rich espresso, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Taste is perfect with roasted malts and coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and faint soy sauce. There is a delightful bittersweet finish that lingers on the tongue after each sip. Carbonation is good but it seems a bit flat overall. Thick and creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is beyond exceptional. I am very happy I have been able to try their 5+ year aged IRS. Very sad I only got a liter of this beer. Hopefully some of the bottles I have aging in my cellar will taste this good one day.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2011 05:38:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with "Limited Spring 2010 Release". Pours an in need of an oil change black with a tan head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, smokiness, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is a mix of boozey roasted malts and chocolate. Smokey flavor throughout. Slight coffee flavor. This is one heavy brew. Alcohol flavor is present but not overly abusive. Nice burn. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:54:56 | More by PicoPapa
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ehammond1


4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA
02-27-2011 Sunday Funday Growler Fills

(Aged 6 years at the brewery)

2005 Stone Imperial Russian Stout

A midnight black pour with a medium sized head of brown and frothy bubbles. The head is the darkest I've ever seen. A devilishly beautiful beer! Some sticking bubbles and dots of unmoving lace appear down the glass. If the devil brewed a beer, I'm sure this is what he'd have it look like: complete sin and decadence.

The aroma is pure malty goodness. I don't detect any hops but they would only get in the way of this sweet and rich treat. I smell chocolate, and coffee, and something I really want to describe as "Red Vines Licorice."
The nose evolves as the beer warms, much like my experience with extraordinary quads and complex Belgian strong dark ales. I can now smell some charred fruits, namely figs, caramel, and wood. I keep returning to the pleasant licorice scent as it seems to become more and more apparent.
Fantastic!

The taste is as interesting and varied as the nose. A smooth combination of roasted sweet malts, chocolate, a touch of coffee, and then an unusual and unexpected mix of charred dark fruits and an earthy woodiness I'm not oft to find in Russian Imperial Stouts. A bit of licorice but not nearly as much as I find in the nose.
This beer seems to push the boundaries of what a RIS is and can be. With basically zero hop bitterness, all the complex flavors from the malts can shine through.
I don't see how it could get better than this!

A medium to full bodied RIS with a moderate level of carbonation. I'm sure some has been lost over the 6 years of aging. I wish it was just a tad more luscious, creamy, and velvety. Although the mouthfeel certainly hasn't deterred me from putting this beer on a very, very high pedestal.

A remarkably drinkable and complex RIS. This beer does so many things so perfectly. A true marvel. Bravo!

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 23:00:40 | More by ehammond1
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Vierenner

Ohio

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

Delicious! Has the typical attributes of a fine quality Russian Imperial Stout ... pours like used motor oil, dark, rich, aromatic.

A beautifully balanced beer, there is a sweetness present which seperates this beer from the rest. IMO it tastes much like Dragon's Milk from New Holland but with a little more hop spiciness and bite.

This is what an imperial stout should be!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:58:03 | More by Vierenner
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking 06 and 10 side by side

Both pour very dark. 2010 has lots of head. 2006 has almost none. Both have reddish tints. Both smell roasty and dark with chocolate on the nose. Fairly non descript on the nose. Tastes sweet and bitter for both vintages. 2010 is sharp and bitter. The 2006 vintage is really smooth and rich. The chocolate blends well with the roast. This one ages super well! Thick solid mouthfeel. Vry drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:40:57 | More by Urbancaver
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter

A- Motor oil appearance, slight lacing, and small tannish head, from pouring this you can tell it's a big full bodied beer.
S- Very surprising sweet almost fruity aromas, molasses comes out, hints of chocolate as well; you get a slight alcohol aroma out of this baby.
T- Sweet molasses is very evident, slight bitterness mixed in with the coffee taste, very balanced.
M- Warm well balanced, leaves mouth dry at the end
D- Sweet, molasses, very well balanced with all the tastes and aromas that hit your nose. Smooth easy drink especially for the high abv. Fruitiness and sweetness stand out for this stout. I truly enjoyed this gem, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:22:55 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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RossCain

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle dated Spring 2010 into a snifter

A: Pours a deep, thick and viscous black with a small cocoa colored head. You can just tell from swirling the glass that this is a full bodied beer.

S: Deep roasted malts upfront mixed with notes of raisin and prunes. Unfortunately, there is an off-putting waft of soy in the back of the aroma which I just cannot wrap my head around.

T: Big, bold and robust notes of dark chocolate upfront with a big roasty malt profile. The flavor really punches you in the mouth in a thick and coating manner but it surprisingly finishes with a certain sweetness that slowly fades from the palate.

M: Thick, viscous, full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. A tad bit stressing on the palate after sipping for a while by the surprisingly smooth/sweet finish helps to balances things out. There is a certain warming character of the alcohol in the stomach but what else would you expect from a 10.5% brew?

D: Big and flavorful, this is certainly a tasty and well crafted brew. I couldn't imagine finishing more than a bottle and again that would likely be the only beer of the night. I was a tad disappointed by the character of soy that kept popping up in the aroma which put a damper of a sorts on the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:47:52 | More by RossCain
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided it was time to get another stout so I picked up Stone's.

This brew looked great when I poured it out. I got a nice thick frothy head that was cappuccino colored. It was a bit slow forming too and I like beers that have that character. Color of the beer itself was like coffee or the darkest of chocolate. I only got a bit of color lightening around the edges when put up to a light.

This Stone was very aromatic that delighted my senses, having the aromas of cocoa, roasted malts, roasted coffee, and it also had a chocolate sweetness too.

Upon my first sip I immediately noticed that 10.5% ABV the beer has. Let me tell you after drinking it all I was ready for some sleep! After the initial alcohol taste came the coffee, malty sweetness and smoothness, and dark cocoa. I thought it would have a bit more flavor to it because of the impressive aroma but in all this was a good imperial Russian stout, being in-your-face.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:25:22 | More by BeardedRiker
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ChanChan

California

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

Stone Imperial stout Limited Spring 2010 release.
Poured into a regular stemglass.

Appearance: Dark, medium bodied can-not see any light shining through the beer. This comes with a two finger mocha colored head that does not last long. The lacing left behind is respectable.

Smell: The first whiff of this beer gives off a heavy scent of coffee, There are some hops as well but not much else.

Mouthfeel, the mouthfeel is medium bodied at first. As the beer warms up the mouthfeel becomes heavier much more pleasant! Also, as the beer warms up I feel a bit of tanance in the mouth.

Taste: This beer is sweet, At around 55degrees farenheit I notice a presence of caramel, hops, coffe and bitter chocolate. As the beer warms up I can also taste more malt and a pleasant breadiness.

Final thoughts: This is a great example of what an imperial stout can be. At under 8 dollars for a22 OZ bottle this beer is a steal. Imperial stout bombers are usually well over ten dollars. If SRIS was over ten dollars I would have to reconsider how much of it to consume, but at this price it is a joy to have this beer and feel like I have made a great purchase every time!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 06:32:03 | More by ChanChan
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dubinsky

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited Spring 2010 Release poured into a C&B Bruges glass

A - Pours a completely pitch black with a creamy one finger beige head that leaves a beautiful lacing as it slides down the glass.

S - This beer smells amazingly well balanced if that makes sense. I am expecting this to be a very well done beer based on the aroma. Mostly dark chocolate and coffee. Some brown sugar and a bit of oatiness is present. An ever so slight alcohol aroma is also there.

T - Awesome!!! Very smooth and creamywith bittersweet chocolate and some high quality coffee flavors present, but its not like other RIS's that are mostly coffee forward. Some dark fruits, raisins and plums and an earthy flavor that reminds me of some oaked beers.

M: Smooth and creamy with perfect carbonation. There a very slight alcohol burn on the finish, but otherwise this one is perfect in this area.

D: The drinkability is quite amazing with this one. The 10.5% abv is not as well masked as some other RIS's but is very drinkable nonetheless.

I can only imagine what this could do with some age. I will definitely pick up a few of these to age and do a vertical. Easily one of the best RIS that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:54:40 | More by dubinsky
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hosehead83

Ohio

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

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
"Limited Spring 2010 Release" printed on bottle.
Inky black, almost purple in color, with a short,stout head of tan foam.
Aroma-A witches' brew of alcohol-soaked plums and cherries,dark roasted malt, and burnt coffee grounds.
Taste-Thick, creamy melange of charred plums and dark fruit,dark roasted coffee grounds, black burnt toast, bakers' chocolate, and strong black coffee all swimming in a vodka-like, warming mouth-feel.
This beer is not for a beginner. Sip slowly as you stare out at a bleak winter landscape...with hope that Spring is coming.
Overall Stone RIS is thick and rich, with tons of character and flavor. It can be quite boozy if fresh, so "hibernate" one for a year or two and it should mellow out nicely. Best shared with a friend or family member in a sippin' glass or, for a "knock-out" treat, pour some over vanilla ice cream to cap off a nice meal. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 19:39:30 | More by hosehead83
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generallee

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10.5% and is dated as "Limited Spring 2009 Release".

Appearance: This is exactly what you want to see in an Imperial Stout. It has a very dark black body that blocks out all light. Floating on top is two fingers of thick tan head. This head has good retention and makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is boozy with a strong malt presence with notes of burnt toast, roasted grain, coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste/Palate: This full bodied beer has a big roasted toasted malty character with the mellow warmth of the alcohol reminding you to sip slowly and just enjoy. Foremost on the tongue are the bitter black chocolate, dark roasted grains and burnt coffee notes with some dark caramel and light molasses sweetness underneath. The mellow boozy abv creeps in and warms all the way to the finish. Its palate is heavy and viscose with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky.

Notes: It's wonderfully complex and well rounded. Overall outstanding!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 23:02:58 | More by generallee
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HosP

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe Scottfrie hooked me up with a bottle of this. Big thanks for a nice big beer. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours dark black. One finger light tan head. Nice and sticky lace clings to glass.

S - Nice flavorful aroma. Chocolate comes through the most. A little bitter chocolate. Sweet vanilla notes peek through. Roasted malts give nice end to the nose.

T - Like the nose flavors follow nicely. Bitter chocolate at first. Dark fruits and vanilla mixed in at the middle of the drink. Ends good with roasted malt, slight burnt coffee flavor. Everything balances well and gives good flavors all the way through.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D- Very drinkable RIS. Good flavors, nothing spectacular, but a really good RIS. This is a good one to have when not wanting to crack open something to special, but still enjoy a nice big beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:27:22 | More by HosP
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Lazerlobe

Washington

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

2009 Vintage

A: Deep brown, at times black with a smallish cap of lightly browned head.

S: Rich cocoa liqueur, powdered chocolate, molasses, and ground coffee. Wow!

T: As with the nose, cocoa liqueur opens up with some dark berry sweetness differing slightly from other assorted dark fruits. The roast is not too heavy and works itself in more on the finish than blasting away with heavy char (I find that sometimes abrasive). Fading hop bitterness that is a bit on the earthy side but some piny residue as well.

M: Not as creamy as some RISs, but a velvety cushion intercedes between my tongue and where I believe the beer to lie. It floats heavily. Little perceived alcohol burn, but pleasantly so. It's good to know I"m drinking a big stout without being burned by the heat.

D: This is a wonderful anytime beer (assuming you like stouts at anytime as I do). I will be scouting older stores for some vintage bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:50:11 | More by Lazerlobe
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TKEbeerman

Florida

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

2010 vintage

A: Poured into my sniftner, this brew pours a medium black with a decent tan head. Hard to improve this beer, classic looking RIS.

S: The aroma is still hoppy after just about a year. A tasty tinge of Anise. That and rich black strap molasses and dark chocolate covered caramel round off the aroma. Classic RIS and right on for the style.

T: The flavor leans towards the dark chocolate covered caramel, with a molasses backbone. Hops are evident, but no prevalent. Notes of anise mix with small notes of alcohol on the pallet, and on the finish. Again, a classic staple of an RIS.

MF: Mouthfeel....thick, full, and creamy.

D: Drinkability is great at 10.5%

Overall, Stone IRS is a staple that every brewer should base their RIS' off of. True to the style, and the American twist with the hops that every brewery is copying today. At #13 in the top ten and over 2000 reviews, this brew is not going anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:58:35 | More by TKEbeerman
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours jet black with a medium brown head. In the aroma, coffee, scorched malt, dark fruit, a big alcohol punch, and a bunch of hops.I the taste, malty, floral and sweet, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and grassy hops. A hop bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, roasty malt, small hop and alcohol aftertaste. A monster of an imperial stout, a nice sipper to keep the cold out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:07:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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Dijeriduster

California

2.85/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 version in a one liter growler to a tulip

A - Very dark to black with a dirty head that is thick. Maybe one finger in my tulip. Looks mean.

S - Something is missing here. Its very robust but the booze comes thru a little and its not as roasty as I've had in the past. Smells sweeter as well...

T - Eh not up to my par for Stone IRS. Keeping in mind that I loved '09 I just don't think this one has it as much. It was rather sweet and boozy, again lacking the roasty flavours I love in IRS.

M - Was thinner then usual, still felt thick upon quaffing but faded to thin as it went down. Didn't have the slight creaminess I've had in the past.

D - I know there was controversy over the change this year to belgian yeast. Clearly they also changed the base recipe as well. While I am stoked to try the belgian one, I don't think I'll be aging this years version.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2011 18:59:05 | More by Dijeriduster
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ms11781

Massachusetts

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

Spring 2010 Release. Reviewed on 01/31/2011. 22oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a solid black color with a huge, foamy, light brown head. The head eventually dwindles down to about a one finger tan head. Great lacing that leaves huge gobs of foam stuck to the glass.

Strong roasted aroma up front. Dark roasted malts and some chocolate are prominent. Some coffee aromas as well as a slight hint of black licorice make their way through, along with a bit of alcohol. Aromas blend together very well and give it a very strong nose.

Very strong roasted, almost burnt flavor hit the tongue first. There are also slight coffee notes and a bit of the black licorice, but not a ton of either. The two flavors that really dominate are the roasted malt up front and a great dose of bitter chocolate at the finish. Maybe a hint of alcohol at the end as well, but not much.

Thicker body and lighter carbonation give the beer a very rich and creamy mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness from the strong chocolate flavor at the finish, but it's pleasant.

Dangerously drinkable beer for a stout of it's size. Obviously not a beer that is anything you would want to have multiple of but taking a couple hours to enjoy a bomber is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:58:16 | More by ms11781
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gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a bomber to a snifter glass

A- Nice thick black body with a tiny, sticky white lace.

S- Roasted nuts, chocolate and sweet sugary fruit.

T- Great bursts of chocolate, raisins and vanilla all roasted together with a nice alcohol touch on the finish.

M- Bold and sweet. A mash up of different flavors and emotions with every sip.

D- Fucking great! This is a perfect example of an imperial stout. I cannot wait to have this again another night.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:35:59 | More by gabedivision
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a dark, dark brown, though not quite black. It has a 1 finger cappuccino colored head that has moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: Brown sugar, milk chocolate, a tad of coffee, and a tad of raisins make up the nose. The brown sugar and milk chocolate are the dominate players though with the coffee and raisins only adding a nuanced augmentation to the overall smell.

T: I can see why this is one of the most widely reviewed, widely respected RISs. The taste is well balanced, interesting, and overall excellent. There's some roastiness up front followed by a nicely balanced bittersweet chocolate taste mixed with some dark fruits. The aftertaste is of light coffee notes with a very faint alcohol burn. Perfect for a winter night.

M: The mouthfeel is quite good. This beer is not quite as thick as something like darklord, but it is by no means thin either. There is an appropriate level of carbonation and a great aftertaste.

D: This beer tastes great, is complex and interesting, and is wonderfully balanced. All in all a great recipe for high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 02:27:15 | More by glazeman
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Landfill21

Ohio

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

Poured this into my trusty guinness pub glass. Pours into a dark as night color. No light gets through. Has a two finger head that dwindles down into a two fingernail head and leaves lace down the glass as you drink

Has a smell of toffee, hint of coffee, and roasted nuts.

Has a nice taste, some carbonation and some alcohol taste at the end.

Has a nice mouthfeel and a superb drinkibility.

This is my first brew by Stone and I am impressed. This beer is dark, complex and goes down smooth. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-05-2011 04:05:57 | More by Landfill21
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip.

2009 vintage, reviewed Feb 2, 2011

A - Very black, minor light comes through along edging when held against the light and during pour. Dank yellow to brown head. Minor sticky lacing

S - Roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut

T - Big coffee and chocolate. Minor components are the vanilla, and nuttiness. This brew is less bitter than when fresh due to the aging. The time has helped bring out some of the small nuances that sometimes get missed on fresh imperial stouts (i.e. vanilla)

M - Creamy, thick and smooth!

D - One of the best, most proven RISs out there. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:06:24 | More by OakedCanuck
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh '11 vintage poured from bomber into my girls Newport Storm snifter.

A- Pours very dark and can see through some of it as its poured. Nice sized 1+ finger light brown mocha head. This has some serious head retention which is now all foam and very thick. Nice lacing left after some swirls around the glass. this looks really good 4.5

S- Big ole malty nose that has lots of fig, prune and other dark fruits. A light vanilla note is there but takes a back seat to the dark fruits. 4

T- Nice mixture of flavors makes this delicious and complex. Up front i get a nice roasty malt with a dull fig sweetness. A nice warming alcohol taste makes its presence felt toward the middle along with slight bitterness. The back half of the taste is all darker fruits 4.5

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel feels pretty on par for this style while it has a more than desired ammount of carbonation that i'd say is medium. Not at all a deal breaker because after a few swirls around the glass some of the unwanted carbonation is gone. 3.5

O- This beer is great. I love it fresh and it only gets better with age. I need to grab a bunch more of these and lay em down. 4

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:33:03 | More by Gushue3
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bs870621345

New Jersey

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

2010 version.

Pour jet black with a small mocha head. Leaves lacing down the glass. Very nice.

Smells strongly of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and coffee. Alcohol is a little too prominent for my tastes.

Taste is rather alcoholic, but also the coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some fruity tastes come through. Just wish the alcohol wasn't so in your face. Finishes with a lot of chocolate

Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Wish it was a bit thicker and not as carbonated.

Drinkability is good, I'm going to have no problem drinking the bomber, just too much alcohol is apparent in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:44:21 | More by bs870621345
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,547 ratings.