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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,651 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,651
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 483
Gots: 1,413 | FT: 78
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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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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

Notes from 12/09/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 48* into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip/snifter.

A: This pours pitch black with a fingerful of very dark khaki head that leaves thick walls of clingy lace.

S: The nose shows more dark fruit aromas than most Imperial Stouts; it also shows notes of mild roastiness, dark chocolate, and some phenol esters.

T: Currants, figs, plums, and anise dominate the palate with lesser notes of roasty coffee, chocolate, and some bourbon.

M: It is creamy and mouth-watering but the body is much thinner than I had hoped.

D: This is a good Imperial Stout but I remember the '09 being better.

Edit -

2011 Version. 22 oz bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip/snifter.

A: Black as night with two fingers of very dark head.

S: Cocoa, anise, mild espresso, and toasty malts.

T: Very balanced: chcolate, espresso, tasty dark fruitiness, lactic cream, and a little char.

M: Medium-thick, a little creamy, and features some heat at the back end.

O: Great beer - better than 2010 but not quite as good as 2009.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 06:00:31 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - pours a deep inky black hue with a billowing tan head.

S - huge amounts of chocolate. Lots of roasted malts. Reminiscent of brownies. As it warms a mildly smokey, and more coffee aromas become apparent.

T - follows the nose. Tons of sweet chocolate balance the intensely bitter roasted malts and soft herbal hops. Lingering bitterness and some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - thick and viscous. But smooth almost slick. Decent level of carb.

D - nice RIS. For as bitter as it is, it is very drinkable but a strong sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:30:10 | More by Teleweizen2
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my oversized pint glass(22oz), perfect for bombers. Had it in the fridge for a while, and let sit for about 40 mins to warm.

A- Complete, utter darkness pours out from behind the gun smoke from the bottleneck of this beer. No other colors present. A thick billowing brown head develops at the top of the glass and refuses to move, until the carbonation underneath forces the darkness to rise. Leaves about one finger head retention, and lacing on the glass. Can't get much better.

S- A very good smelling RIS. Most of the aroma's have a roasty scent to them. Those aromas including, chocolate, coffee, caramel, peanut butter, and a fruity flavor which I can't identify, which I'll assume is the black currant.

T- I sat and sipped this for a good ten minutes swirling the brew around before making my notes. This takes you on a flavor journey. Flavors hit you in three waves. In the beginning is a delicious milk chocolate/caramel similar to that of a milky way. Next is a natural sugar fruit like sweetness, almost cherry in flavor from what I'm used to, but again must to the black currant making its presence known. At the end of this flavor pendulum is the usual guilty party of dry roasted malts. Then trailing that is the warm tingling sensation of the 10.5% abv, which is tiniest reminder of how big the beer your drinking is.

M- This beer to me can be drunk even with dry mouth. Such a smooth, rich and full bodied experience this is! Halfway through the bomber and the alcohol has not dried my palatte at all. This is what a stout should feel like. Creamy, chewy, and bready. Check, check, check.

D- My first offering from Stone, certainly not my last. Possibly the best stout I've ever had. I have been looking forward to trying this for awhile now and was not let down at all. I deffinitely would like to get a case of this in the future, and open one every 3-6 months like it suggests. Dont believe the line on the bottle "we guarantee that no sin was committed in the production of this seemingly pernicious brew", Stone deffinitely struck a deal with the devil on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:37:09 | More by haazer
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JamesMcPolin

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber, that has been properly cellared for over two years, into a snifter. Anticipation building, as this is one of the oldest I haven't drunk already in the cellar.

Appearance: pours with a nice looking head, tan in color, a little lighter than one might expect. Dissipates fairly quickly but retains a darker colored ring around the glass with decent lace.

Smell: Interestingly, you'd get more aroma from a brand new 2010 release than what I'm getting right now, not sure if that's typical of aging but had a similar experience recently with a serpent stout from lost abbey I aged. Definitely good though, classic roasted malt aroma and more chocolaty than coffee.

Taste: First sip, freshly cracked, palate gets bathed in artisanal chocolate. When it comes to the 10.8% alcohol, forget well-hidden, it's gone. I'm talking practically undetectable in the first glass. Even as it warms, if I didn't already know the abv and someone told me it was 7.5 or 8% I'd believe it. Coffee notes seemed more muted at first but became more and more delicious as it approached room temp. Trust me; it's hard not to drink it all before reaching that point. I'm nursing the last few sips left as I type this. Wish I had aged two so I could have another to drink at this temp from the start.

Mouth feel: excellent. It must be said first that imperial stouts and imperial porters are my favorite styles so my idea of body is slanted toward loving massive brews. That being said, in very relative terms, the aging seems to have really lightened the mouthfeel. But again, I could always go for thicker.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink at all. In fact, hard to not drink it all too fast before it warmed and got complex. Little bummed I drank it too fast, two years to age, 15mins to go down the hatch even while typing, LOL. But an all around excellent brew. I think '08 was a great year for Stone's Russian Imperial, right in there behind '05 and '02.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:37:59 | More by JamesMcPolin
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SuperNova777

Indiana

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

Bottled Date Spring of 09'

A:Pours a un-phasing oil black with a fingers worth of tan head, excellent lacing
is left down the glass.

S:Awesome smell coming up in the nose seems like flavors really developed in the bottle. First that comes up is bittersweet chocolate along with some coffee as well. Along with that roasted malts and maybe a hint of licorice.

T:A little sweetness comes thru up front followed up with some roastiness. The backend
is dominated by the chocolate that lingers around on the palate. I seem to have a hard time not keep taking sip after sip.

M:Body fits the brew great with just the right amount of carbonation. The palate is left
coated with roasted and chocolate goodness along with a stickiness left on the lips.

D:Stone says to open one of these every 6 months and see how it develops, well this one is about 18 months old and its doing great!! Great flavors coming thru with a crazy easy drink for ABV since you can't even feel or taste it. Hands down one of the best RIS brews I have had all year.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 16:46:54 | More by SuperNova777
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CoastieSimon

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Example of a RIS. Pours very black and glugs as it comes out, thats how you know its going to be thick! 2 Finger Chocolate colored head. First sip is good can taste some of the booze and coffee up front but where this beer really shines is the aftertaste! A great coffee roasted aftertaste that leaves you wanting more and more. With an ABV of 10.5 I had one, and probably could have shared it with another person. Once again a great example of what an RIS should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 14:35:14 | More by CoastieSimon
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Brabander

Netherlands

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

Last sunday we had a beer tasting session at my house with three other BA's and a bunch of friends. Poured in a tasting glass the beer looks like a stout should have to look. Dark, dark dark! Nice dark head and the carbonation can't be seen.

Nice aromas come into the nose, dark chocolate and coffee. The sips i had were soft and somewhat sweet. Not a bad stout at all...and that's been said by a stout critic.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 18:11:38 | More by Brabander
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Thick, black with some tan, traces of red, little creamy head

Smell - Alcohol, hops, barley, malts, spices, chocolate and coffee

Taste - A real imperial stout. Strong alcohol mixed with malts, barley and hops. Spices are low, as is the chocolate flavors. The coffee is bold and doesnt sweeten this at all. Its not cute and loaded with syrups and chocolate, its a true russian imperial stout.

Mouthfeel - Thick and strong, coats whole mouth, warms and burns tounge some, leaves a hoppy and bold malt taste. Aftertaste has some coffee and hops to it.

Drinkabily - On these cold winter nights, this is totally what you need to get you through the nights. A 22ozer is perfect to enjoy this. Its strong so be careful. Its really drinkabily being 10.5%. Id rank it higher if it wasnt so high alcohol. Fantastic, what you want in a imperial stout. One of the best

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 11:31:23 | More by wvsabbath
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BEERMILER12

Maine

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer on planet earth so far. Too bad it's only brewed once a year... 2010 version

A: Pitch black with an impressive khaki head

S: Big anise smell accompanies alcohol and slight burnt coffee/chocolate

T: Extremely complex, get a bunch of the burnt coffee and anise along with slight alcohol burn

M: Big and bold

D: If I could manage more than a bomber in a sitting I would, without a doubt

Now, the 2011 'classic release' version. Perception of this beer still has not changed, but my reviewing skills certainly have improved.

A: Pours a pitch black with about a fingers worth of chocolate brown head. No light is getting through this one, that's for sure

S: Very nice coffee, chocolate, burnt malts, and hints of licorice/anise

T: Very complex, starts off with a bit of dark chocolate and then goes into some coffee and anise, followed by big, roasty malts. Alcohol is somehow missing. Very impressive given the 10.5%

M: Heavy with moderate carbonation. Very slick compared to some other RIS's. Isn't clingy at all, which is a very nice surprise as well

O: This is still definitely one of my favorite beers. Just so amazingly complex and somehow too easy to finish. Now, I need to try the anise odd year version and see how it stacks up

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:52:48 | More by BEERMILER12
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like a stout with but with a quickly disappearing head. the smell is sweet with chocolate and roast malt notes. the taste is mildly chocolate, with a hint of bitterness. sweetness is subdued and is a bit drier than expected. the alcohol is definitely in forefront but not unpleasant. adds just a bit of heat. licorice in the finish. solid RIS, it's a sipper and glad I tried it. might grab a few more '10s to hang onto if I see them around, but won't go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:23:49 | More by Blanco
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nkersten

Illinois

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

Poured into a NB globe. Pitch black with a one finger light tan head that fades into a cap with excellent lacing. Smell is huge milk chocolate, some roasted malt, a hint of fresh light roast coffee and hops. Taste is a mix between sweet milk chocolate and slightly bitter hops, followed by some roasted malt and some bitter bakers chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy with a medium light carbonation. This is a very drinkable RIS. I dont remember the past years of this beer having as much chocolate flavor, but it is delicious as always.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:23:10 | More by nkersten
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hawks10

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - 2010 vintage - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours black with a little crimson around the edges. Two fingers of tan head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving a lot of lacing behind...

Roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate, a little bit of anise and alcohol as well...

Roasted, bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol heat shows up a bit. Standard edition Russian Imperial Stout, run of the mill. A bit of residual sweetness in the finish, mixed with a booze burn...

Medium to full bodied. Slightly bitter, finishes bitter with some booze showing through...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:33:10 | More by hawks10
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cetherid

Indiana

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

poured into a tulip

A.

a very dark stout. Held up to the light you get some brownish reddish hues, but very dark. About a fingers worth of mocha head that dissipated quickly.

S.

roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. A little earthiness in there as well. Typical RIS. Nothing really stands out too much.

T.

Better than smell. Nice roasted malts. A little sweet caramelness to it with a nice little hop bite. Subtle mocha aftertaste A little alcohol presence in there as well. Pretty darn tasty!

M.

almost full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. A nice mouthfeel combo of sweetness and bitterness. A good balance.

D.

pretty high. A little boozy but not TOO bad. Easily accessible as well and not terribly expensive. Would love to try this on tap. This bottle might be a little old (got as an extra in a trade) I can see myself getting a bomber of this every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:27:33 | More by cetherid
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100 (!) from notes tidily scrawled on 11/10/10. 2010 vintage.

I poured about half a bomber into a large snifter, leading to a one-finger mocha head atop an awfully black body. The head fades swiftly and leaves behind a hazy, swirling cauldron-look of film. This looks like a RIS should look.

Gigantic, bold aromas blossom out of the glass. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, anise, roasted malt, graham crackers, maple syrup, and a slightly nostril-stinging alcoholic heat all synthesize to result in an olfactory-filling treat of a smell. Big and bad would be an appropriate way to describe this scent.

As I sip away, flavors of roasted malt, booze, coffee-like acidity, and maybe a bit of hop bitterness grip the edges of my palate, while the expansive, sweet flavors of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel disperse all over the flat of my tongue. All the while, the substantial alcohol content is present in a taste reminiscent of fine single malt Scotch. The finish is heavy on acidic coffee flavors. When first I tried this beer, I marveled at how it affected my palate in "waves," for lack of a better way to describe it. I still feel that it does this, but I am happy that I can now think more critically about how the beer tastes, and likewise describe it critically. Knowledge and cognitive exercise are wonderful - especially when one can get a warm buzz while gaining and performing them.

The mouthfeel has got it all: a full, creamy feel on the middle of my palate, along with a biting acidity on the periphery. A fairly clean, dry finish tops it all off. Mouthfeel-alicious.

This is oh-so-drinkable for how huge the flavor is and how high the alcohol content is. Simply put, I love this RIS. It was perhaps the first truly great beer that I tried, and I hold it in just as high esteem now as that first time I had it. It is a truly delicious and satisfying beer and I look forward to its release every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 22:30:25 | More by TCHopCraver
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, consumed on 11/30/2010 - aged for a little over a year.

A: "Stout black", coffee bean head quickly dissipating into a cap.

S: Milk chocolate, sharp tinge of alcohol. Roasted malt, subtle dark fruit.

T: Much more mellow with just a year on this. I recall the fresh 2009 to be quite rough around the edges, almost whiskey like in it's overall delivery. The chocolate is so much more expressive now. Still a little hop presence, actually. I'm pleased with the balance between chocolate sweetness and roast. A cellar success.

M: Smooth, although the carbonation is quite prickly. A good vessel for all of this flavor, I like it.

D: Much improved over fresh, maybe too drinkable for ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 22:38:16 | More by zoolzoo
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bum732

Lesotho

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

2010.

S: Roasted coffee, some dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, caramel, fantastic.

L: Dark as all night, dark tan head with good retention and great lacing.

T: Bitter chocolate and roasty malt gives way to a slightly chocolate sweetness with fruity subtleness. Medium high earthy bitterness leads to some rich toffee and oak notes. Roasty dryness, very dry finish.

M: Creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

A fairly dry RIS that is better as it warms. But all in all, just amazing. I loved how bold all the components were and how well they melded together like a symphony. Would love to try this with some age, one of the best RIS available.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:49:14 | More by bum732
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BillHaverchuck

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch black with a short creamy tan head on top
smells exremely roasty and rich with a coffee bean and earthy chocolate scent
thick and creamy malty cocoa bean/roast coffee taste
very heavy, really enjoying sipping on this beer
excellent stout

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 05:22:22 | More by BillHaverchuck
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goalie33

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.
A: Opaque black beer that pours like motor oil. One inch of brown head that fizzles down to a thin layer which sticks around.
S: Strong smell or roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: Big chocolate and coffee notes on the finish with some lingering bitterness. Roasted malts throughout the taste.
M: Soft, full bodied beer that coats the mouth.

This is an exceptional beer. One of the best I've ever had and the best RIS I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:42:05 | More by goalie33
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DeanMoriarty

California

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

2006 Vintage Imperial Russian Stout

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Pomegranate Sage Truffle.

A: Pours a midnight black hue that looks like engine oil with not much in the way of a head or lace - sludgy and dark.

S: Roasted malt, soy sauce and smoky earthy notes that are unique and interesting.

T: Right on with the nose, with a bit more smoke and sweet roasted malt.

M: Full-bodied, creamy with a slick velocity and very little carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for how thick, dark and robust of an ale this is. Not my type of brew, but man I enjoyed this one a lot!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:27:58 | More by DeanMoriarty
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afksports

New York

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

Early on in my life I saw a bottle of Stone Arrogant Bastard, while purchasing some Yuengling probably, and thought to myself "Damn, that brewery is so full of itself. I'll never drink that." And then I matured, had their RIS, and my mind was blown. This review is from notes.

It's another one that's pitch black. Tan head. Stout. There's a tinge of fruit in the smell, but it's mostly coffee and chocolate maltiness. It swallows the same, but the bitter of the chocolate comes out along with the alcohol. Every element of the taste is in great balance. It's thick and full-bodied, and that - along with the alcohol - lowers its drinkability.

But who am I kidding? This is great. Plus Stone makes it affordably, which should be its own rating when it comes to lots of RIS's on here. It's just as good as these other hard to find ones. Does it blow my mind? No. But they damn well have a right to be arrogant.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 13:54:58 | More by afksports
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle from the Spring of 2009 into a Delerium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a pitch black color with a nice mocha colored head that fades quickly to a collar of the same color. Very inviting look to it.

S - HUGE chocolate aroma right off the bat. Smells of milk chocolate anc cocoa powder. Right behind it are roasted malts and some vanilla. There are also some hints of coffee as well. GREAT aroma.

T - Awesome chocolate flavors all over the palate; dark and milk. Some slightly burnt, bitter flavors come through as well which really adds a nice surprise to the palate. Roasted malts and nice vanilla flavors are there as well.

M - Incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with little carbination. Very creamy and thick. Really coats the palate well. What a RIS should be.

D - Deservingly in the top 10. A really great RIS with a ton of great flavor. Slightly slower to finish since it's a bigger beer, but one that I will absolutely be drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:30:01 | More by KAP1356
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UTCengOwl

Texas

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

Split a bottle on 11/21/10 after a mock Thanksgiving dinner and a bunch of homebrew. Poured into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer is dark. Holding it up to the light doesn't reveal much more than black. The thin head is a beautiful tan and leaves a nice layer across the top of the glass. It's not the best stout I've ever seen (Ten FIDY?), but it's close.

The smell is dominated by dark fruits. Almost like a dopplebock. Definitely some roast and booze there, too. Yum.

The taste is right along the lines of the nose. Dark fruits. Dark roast. Some booze. All wonderfully blending together. The carbonation is right in line. Not under carbonated like some stouts. Keeps the mouthfeel from being exceedingly heavy. Very well balanced for how big it is. This beer is very drinkable and I'll love drinking the rest. I'm so happy that this is distributed in Texas and it's one of the best beers we can consistently get down here.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:44:07 | More by UTCengOwl
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass dark with a puffy mocha-colored head that left plenty of lace down the glass.

The initial smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of ripe plums. After a few swirls, the sweet malt and caramel rises.

The initial flavor follow the nose --- dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee followed by ripe fruits. What differentiates this RIS/IRS from others is the distinctive Stone hop bite. I must say this was a welcome addition.

The mouthfeel is good, a bit more carbonated than I want in a RIS/IRS.

I like this very much and will drink my fill of them when they are released in the summer and through the fall and winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:10:48 | More by BuckeyeOne
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bsuedekum

Missouri

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

A - Pitch black which I like and a good lacing and head. The head fades quickly (would like it to linger a little longer) and leaves a thin lacing.

S - Alcohol is present, roasted & sugar smell there as well. It is a good smell but doesn't come through as strong as I'd like.

T - Roasted malt that finishes with a coffee aftertaste. A boozy taste mixes in but doesn't overpower it which give the overall flavor a great balance.

M - Low carbonation, very smooth for 10.5 %.

D - It has a slight "hot" or boozy bite to it when swallowing but not significant. It will leave a buzz after having a bottle and overall it is a pleasant drink for each swallow throughout.

I highly recommend this beer. As a midwestern guy I feel the Western breweries tend to over hop their beers but this one is incredible and a well balanced Imperial Russian. A top 10 stout of mine for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:35:27 | More by bsuedekum
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sixthglass

Indiana

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

A - Pitch black into a snifter, Dark brown head which fades quickly into the glass, lacing is present..

S - Dark roastyness, Burnt sugar, coffee

T - Coffee, Dark roastyness, Burnt Sugars, Alcohol, Carmel

M - Low carbonation, thick beer which coats the mouth and leaves a smoky burnt delicious flavor which fades into the burn of alcohol.

D - This is a great go to Imperial Stout, I can drink this one on a regular basis no issue. It's stout, strong, and gets the job done the way a true Imperial Stout should.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 20:46:34 | More by sixthglass
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,651 ratings.