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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,981 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5981
Reviews: 2531
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-dark chocolate, coffee, dark malt, anise, molasses, hint of toffee

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, coffee, molasses, little dark fruit, mild bitter finish

F-medium to full body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth and velvety

O-a great IRS and a fantastic value, could drink this regularly

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 22:35:03 | More by MDDMD
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TheBrouMaster

Mississippi

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark black with a nice head.

S- toasty and nutty kinda smokey.

T- goes down very well, very smooth, chocolate taste.

M- Smooth beer. Tastes better after each sip.

O- stone did it again with this one, a rich full flavored stout with all the right keys to a great beer! once again i cannot even describe how smooth this beer was, just flawless.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 05:12:55 | More by TheBrouMaster
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BrownNut

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm appending a second review of this beer after aging it for a little over a year since I had the other one of these I bought at the same time. Interestingly, some of my scoring is different than before but the descriptions aren't very different. So I suppose it's evidence of the greater amount of comparative context I've cultivated over the past year, having tried many others in that time and having gotten a better idea of what's at the very top of the scale and reckoning the others against that.

Overall, I don't know that this one changed much over the course of a year. In retrospect, I should have scored it a bit better last time. But here are both reviews, the newer not influenced by the older, which I didn't look at again until pasting this new one. I'd say there's no problem with aging this one, but there really isn't a need. Not for 1 year anyway.

I've left the original scores as the official ones. If I used the more recent ones it would be a 4.28 instead of a 4.01

OCT 30 2013 REVIEW

18.5 months old, 13 months since the original review below. Bottle to tulip, served a bit cooler than room temp and warming to room temp over the course of a long sampling.

A - 4.25 - Black with a nice thick, creamy, fluffy, tan head that makes for a quick few fingers with a moderately aggressive pour and settles down to a film within two to three minutes. Lacing that sticks right where it is.

S - 4.5 - While the head is fresh it puts off the loveliest mix of malty (think Whoppers) and chocolatey smells. As the head fades, the malty smell fades with it. Once it settles, the chocolate is almost a chocolate liqueur smell. There's a note of booze, but not in a bad way - in a slightly fruity, slightly floral way that works with the rest of it, overlapping and blending into the sweetness of the chocolate. It really is a lovely aroma overall. Not intense, but very nice.

T - 4.25 - Cocoa initially, and later in the glass more like a nice bittersweet dark chocolate, something north of milk chocolate but south of 70% cacao. Mild black malt char. The two of those are nicely balanced against each other. Milder than some imperial stouts. Pleasant booze warmth wafting up the throat on the exhale. The booze elevates it if you're me and your reviews never talk about a beer being "too hot". Warms the belly a bit after a while. Somehow gives me coffee breath without a noticeable coffee flavor note.

M - 4.0 - Medium-heavy body, somewhat viscous, and tongue-coating. The alcohol wreaks a mild sensation on the tongue. Despite the tongue coating, there is also the barest bit of dry underneath that, like the very beginnings of hop abrasion.

O - 4.25 - This is a top quality imperial stout. Very well done. There are others that are more complex, but this is still very well composed and executed overall. This one is friendly. If you wanted to introduce somebody to imperial stouts without scaring them off, this would be a good one to choose.


OCT 2, 2012 REVIEW

Bottle to tulip. 5.5 months old. Served cellar temp and got to room temp by halfway.

A - 4.25 - Inky black and viscous looking. Somewhat fizzy dark khaki head that settles down to a cap within a couple minutes. Second pour produces a head more like I like them, thick and textured like a landscape, with peaks and valleys. Settles down to a film.

S - 4.0 - Can't put my finger on this smell, though I know it. Something fruity? It reminds me of something in the bouquet of a Borderies cognac, almost a pastry note, maybe with marzipan, maybe with fruit. Aside from that, a bit of that Sugar Smacks malty-grainy-sweet-honey-molasses smell, bleeding over into chocolate, bleeding over into a bit of coffee.

T - 4.0 -While there's chocolate, cocoa-esque, it's dialed back. There's mild char and coffee but not until the exhale, which comes with some warm booze fumes, all three appreciated. I'd welcome the char and coffee up front. Hint of chocolate in the burp. Definitely gained character as it warmed.

M - 4.0 - Very smooth and soft. Barely medium bodied. Looked thicker when pouring.

O - 4.0 - After a previous really big stout, I was expecting the same from this based on what I'd heard, but this one is milder. Still it's really good. The balance is such that nothing sticks out. That makes it more subtle than blasty. Often I want something more robust, something harsher, but it's good to know this milder one is there too.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:05:03 | More by BrownNut
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Nicholas_Vronksy

Connecticut

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

I love this beer!

I generally enjoy stouts, but this one is a cut above. The color is jet black with a frothy chocolate head. The feel is thick and smooth though not overly heavy. There is significant presence of espresso, cacao beans, and roasted malts in both the aroma and flavor; this rich malty flavor balances perfectly with the hint of bitterness on the back end (and unlike with many other bitter beers I really do mean well balanced).

If this beer has a drawback it's only that it's seasonal and when I do see it sold it's mostly in giant 22oz bottles. Honestly sometimes I just don't fee like drinking 22oz. of 10% alcohol beer in one sitting.

Nice job Stone!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 21:49:54 | More by Nicholas_Vronksy
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 5/22. Consumed on 10/27.

A - Brownish black. Poured a 1 finger mocha colored head. Mostly dissipated. No lacing around edges of glass.

S - Very fragrant. Dark chocolate, amaretto, Irish cream, roasted coffee, and dried fig.

T - Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, anise, some coffee acids, espresso, and dark fruit (sour cherry and dried fig. Dark fruit adds some sweetness. Does not hide ABV completely, but alcohol notes are subtle.

M - Creamy and warming. Carbonation well balanced with viscosity. Luxurious foaming in mouth. Very well done.

O - Flavorful well textured beer. Enjoyed tremendously. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:58:58 | More by Duane_Opfer
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 release, bottled 3/15/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha colored head
S: Rich with toasted malt, grain, espresso, molasses, a hint of hops... just gorgeous to smell
T: The palate shows molasses, dark malts, fig, coffee, spice, maybe a touch of oak, bourbon, very complex, delicious
M: Full-bodied
O: Outstanding beer, I definitely need to age some of this

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 16:16:01 | More by ONUMello
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JohnG190

New York

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with thick mocha head. This stout is a black hole of a beer, light cannot permeate it. The head sticks around for a while with some great lacing. So many aromas waft from the tulip - dark roast coffee, caramel, dried fruit, anise, soy sauce, and so much more. Extremely complex. Nice sweetness hits the palate first - molasses, fig, vanilla, chocolate. Bitterness on the back end with lots of coffee, bitter chocolate and toasted coconut. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a textbook example of Russian Imperial stout, very well crafted, very balanced and super smooth, it's like drinking silk.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 21:52:02 | More by JohnG190
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2012

Pours a viscous black with receding head.

Aromas are very deep and decadent. Roast, licorice, dark fruit and coffee.

Taste is intense and tight. Anise falls to the back of the palate while roast, alcohol, burnt sugar, cream and coffee then lingers.

Velvety and chewy with sugar residue on the lips. Carbonation enough to prickle.

Damn fine RIS! One of my faves I love holding onto for a year, at least. If you haven't tried it- what ya waiting for? Truly a classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:39:58 | More by joeseppy
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TBoneJones

Texas

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

Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2013
Pours virtual black, with 2 very fat fingers of caramel frapaccino head. Long to settle, and thick lacing.
Smells of chocolate, a nutty aroma, some licorice. Nothing strong, but very pleasant what is there.
Tastes follows the smell, but now I get the roasted notes, some bitterness, but the chocolate presence i recall upon prior annual releases of this seemed to involve more chocolate, where here there seems a focus on a sour-dark fruit/ coffee basis. Malty. A thick, sticky yet smooth-sipping beast of an RIS. Burn. Feels good like that. Maybe my prior sampling had more age. Maybe this beer is even greater with a year or several on it. I know I've had it in the past and it blew me away. Oh well. Still among my top 5 RI stouts, and Im glad to have a bottle each of this brew (beginning with 2010's) in the "cellar" for aging to find out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:05:04 | More by TBoneJones
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged 2 and 1/2 years.

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice tan head that disappears quickly. The beer is pitch black.

Smell:
Some light alcohol fumes as well as deeply roasted malts and dark chocolate. Additionally, there are also strong hints of vanilla that appear to dominate the malts and mix well with the dark chocolate.

Taste:
Dark chocolate with vanilla and deep roasted malts as well as a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and heavy bodied. The beer feels smooth bordering on silky and it is pretty good. Velvety. The beer feels velvety.

Overall:
A very good beer even though it's been aged in the most horrible conditions known to mankind. I definitely plan to buy this as it comes out each Spring.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:41:41 | More by HattedClassic
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Happy Spring Day 2014 - 4/10/14

I've kept my hands off the 2013 for 6 months, its time to seal the deal!

A: Again, the darkest of dark. A plentiful two finger head settles to a dollup of mocha colored surge your senses. I'm surprised after so a 6 month age, I should not be though....foam in the middle of my Duvel tulip. Carbonation again, appears to be more than ample.

S: Completely intoxicating. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt orange, amaretto, and... you fill in the details :)

T: Pure essence of cocao. Mixers of sweetened and condensed milk, dates, seasoned espresso beans, soaked vanilla, light brown sugar. Finishes o so roasty. The balance of cocao and acidity (maybe pomegranate?) Makes this one of the best tasting stouts I have ever had. WOOT.

M: Perfect. Smooth, velvety and a wonderful balance of bubbly chocolate and charred malt.

O: Like living in a dream, a six month age on this beer does nothing to hinder its power or its drinkability. Like I mentioned before, seek this one out and LIVE!

---

Happy Columbus Day 2013

I've kept my hands off this one for 6 months, its time for a treat!

A: Poured a darker than night midnight black with a creamy, frothy mocha colored head that settled fairly quickly into a than ring of fluff around the edges. Carbonation appears to be ample as it clings desperately to the edges of my tulip. Viscosity appears to be a little slippery (Founders Imperial Stout sets the benchmark).

S: Rich milk chocolate, dates, spices, anise, vanilla. Very pleasing to the senses, you can detect the individual nuances of each component.

T: A true symphony of cohesive stoutness. Thick and creamy sweetened and condensed milk intertwines with bits of toffee, espresso beans, dried raisons, anise, black cherries, malt, and burnt sugar.The alcohol burn has subdued quite nicely and really allows for the core body of flavors to shine through, and that is a good, good thing.

M: Velvet. Coats the mouth with 10W30 of stout oil we have all come to love and appreciate. Carbonation is near perfect. The balance of power on the palate is really amazing, not too thick and heavy, but not watery and thin either. The ABV adds just a warming sensation to the river coursing down your throat.

O: Insanely drinkable and just downright a pleasure enjoy. The price per pleasure ratio just can't be beat. Seek this one out..and LIVE!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:15:36 | More by cooler4life
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/15/2013, "2013 classic release". My bottle lists a 10.60% abv. I'm finally getting around to trying this beer. Expectations are decent enough, and I enjoyed the Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a solid opaque black; no light shines through. Nice creamy finger and a half of soft mocha head with some nice staying power for such a high alcohol content. Nice streaks of lace.

S - Smells pretty intriguing. The alcohol fumes have faded noticeably, but are still present. Dark fruit like raisins and black currants, chocolate, cold coffee, some vanilla. The bottle lists anise in the nose, and when I look for it, I can definitely smell it.

T - Taste kicks the booze heat up a few notches. Bitter dark chocolate / coffee bean roast, some vanilla, some cream, & lots of alcohol heat.

M - Feel is thick and heavy. Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with good carbonation. A nice dessert beer.

Overall, a well executed example of the style from Stone. This beer doesn't push the envelope or dive head first in new unfounded territory, and that's fine with me. A little bit boozy; some age might do this beer well.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:05:24 | More by mfnmbvp
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ChrisMyhre

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemmed wine glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Dark black. 2 finger head, decent lacing, nice head retention.

s: Roasted malt, coffee, some spicy yeast notes, almost like a Belgian.

t: Coffee, roasted malt, very non bitter with just nice alcohol warmth.

m: Nice full body, not a ton of carbonation.

o: World class, best straightforward RIS I've ever had.

Bottled March 13.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:41:45 | More by ChrisMyhre
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MotorboatMofo

California

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark black and tan/brown head about a finger.

S- toasty and nutty smell.

T- Smooth well balanced taste, with a little barley taste, and a hint of booze.

M- Smooth beer. Tastes better after a couple sips.

O- Very smooth beer. It hides the alcohol very well for a 10.6. I love Stone Brewery. This is a very good stout. The label says bottled on 3/15/2013, so I was surprised to see this at a liquor store. I don't know if that would make a difference but I thought I would mention the date. I don't think I would buy this again though. But worth the try!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 06:45:07 | More by MotorboatMofo
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open a few days ago for #500 on untappd.

Vintage Spring 2010 bottle poured into a tulip.

A - dark, opaque with half a finger head that stays around a long time.
S - sweet, dark choc, raisins, dates.
T - taste a lot of dark fruits, dates especially. Yum. Some chocolate and very little booze, I think 2.5 years smoothed it out a bit.
M - again, the age really helped smooth this beer out, like drinking silk.
O - I had a great experience with this beer. Cost me $14 and had to get it out of the locked display case, but it was all worth it in the end. Not sure how many of these are still kickin around, but if you see one you better grab it. Definitely one of the tastiest and most complex RIS's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 15:23:29 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 3/27/13. Pours black with mocha head. Smells of anise, rum raisin, carmelized sugar, dark fruit like plum & prune, and espresso. Lacing clings to the glass. Alcohol held in check yet it's there. Taste: Upfront sugary sweetness with notes of molasses, fig, vanilla, chocolate, and a stinging bitterness at the back end. Full mouthfeel as it's chewy. Alcohol gives a burn in the throat. Hops seem to be masked by dark notes - that's okay, they're definitely there balancing out any sweetness from becoming cloying.

Reminds me of eating pecan pie. Dark & rich. A great after dinner drink. Extremely solid beer. Complex yet so simple and delicious. Glad to have finally tried. Would likely age well.

22-oz bottle poured into snifter for review.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:20:52 | More by jwhancher
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delta490

Virginia

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

A- pours pitch-black. Has one finger of foamier mocha colored head. Most dissipates, but some lasts and leaves some lacing.

S- notes of chocolate and sweet alcohol on first pour. As the glass warmed, smelled like burnt sugar (not caramel) or molasses.

T- big bitter flavor from deep roast malt, chocolate and alcohol. Again, as the glass warmed, the flavor transitioned into the burnt sugar/molasses.

M- thicker, a little oily and a little tingling on the tongue from the alcohol.

O- a great big bodied imperial stout. Not overly complex, but great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 22:52:01 | More by delta490
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a glass!

Black, black, black liquid. Creamy tan foam cap with strong lacings close to the cap. Lacings ? No, curtains on the side of the glass.

Caramel, toffee, raisins,licorice, chocolate, coffee, bourbon....this beer smells great.

Chocolate, coffee, licorice, complex mixture of favors. smooth, rich, malty with no bitter aftertaste . A taste of alcohol at the finish. Full, heavy mouthfeel. Rich and decadent.

A great beer. Tastes so good. Worthy of stocking up and storing in your beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:46:21 | More by WunderLlama
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: dark black awesome stout
S: definitely a boozy sweet smokey stout. After a sip I exhaled through my nose and caught a huge boozy perfect flavor that almost burned like a good bourbon
T: sweet, carmel, barley. Wonderful
M: lingering tingle and sweet malt
O: a perfect stout. A bit pricy but then again not an everyday session beer either. If you like stout treat yourself once to this beauty!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:15:03 | More by Uniobrew31
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Remnants of a bomber into a snifter. This is a 2013.

Pitch black with a mocha colored head that dissipates into a ring around the edges. Plenty of foam and tiny residual bubbles on the top of the beer. Foamy lacing as it is drank down.

Rich bakers chocolate and earthy hops hit your nose first. The aroma evolves into heavily roasted espresso, softer chocolate notes, and burnt sugars. Booze becomes pretty apparent once the beer warms.

Opens up with that same baker's chocolate and rich burnt sugar flavor but quickly moves into a huge amount of bitterness. Roast and earthy hops dominate after the first initial bit of taste but as the beverage moves along your tongue you begin to pick up the more subtle sweetness. Almost like a boozy dark chocolate frosting. Leaves your palate with plenty of bitterness.

Heavy on the tongue with a tiny bit of carbonation. Sticky on the lips and a tad drying on the palate.

Big baker's chocolate, roast, and earthy bitterness mellowed out with some subtle burnt sugars. A very good imperial stout. Something I am currently building a vertical of since I imagine this ages very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:19:06 | More by auroracrisis
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utopiajane

New York

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours black a little bit thick. It's got no light even on the edges and the head is a cocoa brown. It's thin but lasts well. Wet shimmering lace and alcohol legs. Head refreshes on each tip of the glass.

Nose is dark, roasted malt that's slightly burnt. Dark roasted coffee that is very intense, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and a brief flash of a bright fruit that was cherry until it faded to a dark fruity quality overall. As it warmsit becomes a bit earthy and woody and you begin to notice a hop presence. A little toffee and a nice sugary scent. Tiny bit of char and the toasted malt together with the cherry and currant fruit is quite the start of the nose. The chocolate takes a back seat for now. There's some alcohol on the nose that creeps in intermittently. It's not always there.

Taste follows the nose. It's dark and full with malt. The malt is bitter and there's a hop bitter too. Not too much and it leaves for a dry and warming finish. The chocolate sweetens deeply as this warms and the sugar remains pretty light. The coffee helps to smooth it out. Light molasses and a slight nutty flavor. There is a bit of alcohol on the palate intermittently as well but it remains in check.

When I rated this the first time I didn't like it as much so I I got myself another bottle. I have to say that this one is fresher than the last and I like it much more. The mouthfeel is creamy and not too oily this time. The fruit stays up and bright this time to lend an all around sweetness and bright flavor to the darker heavier aspects. The nutty flavor intensifies as it warms and suddenly I am begining to change my mind. What kept it from a higher score in taste and smell is that pesky alcohol. Glad I tried it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 14:15:02 | More by utopiajane
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: Black and viscous looking with a dark brown head off the pour. Some lacing appears on the glass.

S: Dark roast, dark chocolate, fruity notes, coffee, alcohol.

T: Taste follows the nose wonderfully. Dark roast and chocolate flavors with some coffee in there. Light dark fruitiness shows up in there as well. A fair alcohol presence lies in the finish.

M: Creamy and full-bodied. Super smooth feeling with a perfectly light carbonation.

O: This is an excellent stout. I was worried about it living up to expectation, but Stone has delivered here. And at the price you can get it for, IRS has to be one of the best values out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:21:02 | More by CMUbrew
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 6/1/13, 2012 Edition. 22 OZ Bomber in snifter.

A - Pours black with no visible light penetrating. A half finger brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Very Sweet, chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, Raisins/dates, burnt sugar, and brown sugar. A lot going on here.

T - Chocolatey and malty upfront, molasses, finishes with some light bitterness. A little bit of alcohol burn.

M - Medium to heavy mouthfeel, light carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for a big RIS. Thick and oily.

O - Very good. One of the better straight RIS that I've had. Aged about a year, not sure how much that changed the flavor. So I'll have to look to pick up a fresh on but 1 year old its delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:47:19 | More by Profchaos20
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intensify

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition bottled on 3/18/2013 poured into a snifter. Gave a 1 finger head on the pour with a body as black as motor oil that hadn't been changed in 10 years. Head left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Huge hints of dark chocolate and expresso the minute you pour it. Sink your nose in the glass and you might get some plenty of roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

T- Roasted malts, dark, dark chocolate, and surprisingly an almost vanilla-like sweetness that creeps up of you but finishes bitter. Nicely balanced indeed.

M- Thick mouthfeel which is what you would expect from a powerhouse stout like this. Leaves and oily presence in the palate and on the lower side of carbonation.

Stone's Russian Imperial Stout is definitely a staple in the style. It has everything you could possibly want in an Imperial Stout, and some.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:23:20 | More by intensify
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JGlitz87

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into glass.

A: Black as the night it was brewed on... Thick caramel colored head. Leaves plenty of lacing down the sides of the glass. Looking at it should excite beer fans.

S: Roasted Malts, chocolate, coffee and currants. Bit of a sweetness like brown sugar.

T: Big big flavor. The components of the smell come through strong, with a bit of a lingering malt flavor. Warms the body as it goes down. Wonderful. You know are getting alot of alcohol, but I would not say it is overwhelming.

F: Thick and smooth. Almost syrup like.

O: Worth the hype. Great beer. If you have not had it, find it and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

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