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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,541 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,541
Reviews: 2,565
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,378 | FT: 76
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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vdread

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout
bottle to glass

appearance- deep black. absolutely no light coming through. it pours out thick, oily, and slick. has a dark mocha colored medium sized head

smell- bitter chocolate, molasses, and raisins.

taste- lots of complex flavors in here. alcohol is prevalent, but slightly hidden by strong bitter chocolate and raisin/fruit tastes. really strong dark malts, very slight hops. soy sauce taste is very slight, and actually it kind of tastes like a really heavy porter.

mouthfeel- smooth and also full-bodied. very rich and satisfying. the alcohol is a bit harsh, but this is to be expected for the style.

drinkability- surprisingly drinkable for a RIS. i could drink a few of these if it weren't for the ABV

*** Aged 1 yr notes- the raisin and dark fruit seems to have subsided slightly, the alcohol is less present, and tastes are working in conjunction, rather than fighting. hops not noticeable. much creamier and easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 22:43:01 | More by vdread
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zdk9

Texas

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

A- Pours black as night with a finger of dark brown head. Not really too much lacing. This beer would look prettier with more, but really with the smell and taste it has, I'm not sure it needs to be a looker.

S- Smells, well boozy. Like bourbon, combined with deep roasted coffee, perhaps, a coffee infused bourbon. Some dark fruit notes, kinda fig or raisin. A really inviting smell, and strong enough to satisfy my nose.

T- This beer tastes even more delicious than it smells. The bourbon is still there, but with an even more vanilla presence. And the roast is there, but is even stronger, combined with a bit of both dark bittersweet, and milk chocolate. I'm not going to say a lot about the taste, but it's complex and awesome and amazing and I wish I had bought another bottle of this.

M- Chewy, like a piece of chocolate cake topped with a coffee bean.

D- Really great. The alcohol isn't hidden per say but only shows itself in bourbon flavors and not too much in the actual burn. So I am really loving this beer. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 04:16:28 | More by zdk9
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jamescain

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just as the bottle states it is thick as the Russian crude. While pouring this beer you can see how thick it is. Normal beers have the appearance of pouring like water when compared to this stuff. Its dark, very dark, so dark that when you hold it up to the light it seems to absorb the light and get darker. It produces head very little head, which is tan in color but doesn't remain for long.

Compared to most Russian Imperial Stouts there was a strong presence of hops. I guess this should be expected from Stone. It smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and what can best be described as toffee. It's hard to drink this beer because it smells so good, but it taste even better.

The beer is very malty and has a relative strong alcohol taste to it, but it is 10.2 % alcohol. This beer is full of big flavor. Full of dark chocolate, full of coffee, and full of malts. This beer is probably better if kept and aged for a while to maybe reduce some of the alcohol taste, but its hard to wait.

It was pretty carbonated and yet still smooth, which made for an interesting blend. It's hard to drink and about half of a glass will get you pretty tipsy, but this is what I have come to expect from Stone.

I highly recommend this one and to date is probably my favorite Russian Imperial stout because of the complexity of it. If you can buy a few and drink them every couple of months and enjoy the journey of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:27:43 | More by jamescain
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alleykatking

Indiana

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

Bottle from 2008. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep black color. When held up to the light there is a little light around the edges of the glass and that is about it showing some lighter brown highlights to the beer. I only got about a 1/2 finger dark tan/light mocha brown head which didn't stick around for long at all. Not really any lacing to speak of. Some stuff clings to the sides of the glass and slides down back into the beer in a matter of seconds.

S- First off I was still surprised as how much of a hop presence there was in this beer. I mean it was not overwhelming in the slightest but after a year and some months I thought it might be almost nonexistant. Just my opinion and now on to the other scents in the nose. I got a mixure of the piney/light floral hops, coffee, roasted malts, toffee, hints of darker fruits, and some chocolate. This has a very mouthwatering effect on me as I sit here and just sniff away at it.

T- Big burnt/roasted upfront in this beer. Big chocolate taste to this that wasn't in the nose. Coffee and toffee hints are the next big flavors I pick up along with some roasted malts. Big and rich to say the least. The hops come through in the end for me in this beer and even those seem to have a toasted flavor going along with them. A bit boozy in the back end for me which knocks off half a point. Could use maybe another year of cellaring to calm that aspect of this beer down.

M- Heavy mouthfeel on this beer. Carbonation is pretty good for this. Has a slick oily feel on the palate and leaves a toasted/roasted taste on the tongue. Nice aftertaste of coffee and chocolate with some roasted malts with this one.

D- This is a sickly drinkable beer from Stone. But hey what do you expect from them? I have a couple more in the cellar that I'm going to sit on for a little while to see what happens to them. Nothing but good things I just know it!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 04:39:53 | More by alleykatking
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

Re-entering my deleted review from the last site crash. Hope I can get it all back to how it was.

Mini vertical tasting with the 2008 and 2009 release. Had this one a few times before, finally reviewing it.

2009 (6 months old): Pours into my snifter with a pitch black motor oil color with an awesome dark tan coffee ice cream colored head. Medium lacing is left as I drink this bad boy, decent head retention. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite. Tastes of roasted malts, lots of chocolate, coffee and an amount of alcohol that goes perfectly with a big Russian Imperial. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and leaves a huge coating of flavor on the tongue, also very warm from the alcohol. Drinkability is good, it is definitely worth the price for such a big beer with great taste, the alcohol will not ruin the taste over time and the flavors will hold their ground and not be thrown off. The alcohol content will hit you fast on this one.

2008 (18 months old): Same mouthfeel and apperance. The major difference that my friend and I noticed was the alcohol bite in the nose and taste of this year's release is big, much more than that of the 2009. I guess that makes sense as there might be a bit of yeast reacting in this one. Have 8 more bottle of this, can't wait to try one a few years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 05:55:39 | More by cbutova
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Oil black from 22 oz bomber, Spring 2009 release.
Smells of coffee roasted malt, slight alchohol scent, toffee and mocha aroma.

Deep chocolate flavor with sweetness that makes your teeth almost hurt. Coffee, toffee and everything that should be represented by a RIS, I was amazed at the thick mouthfeel and the deep flavors from a 4.99 bomber. Can't wait to go back and stock up on a couple of these to save for later this fall/Winter.

I could drink two of these, but would probably not want to in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 18:59:39 | More by alpinebryant
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scottyshades

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very thick and viscous black color with absolutely no highlights, even when held to light. The head is nice and tight, mocha in color, retains exceptionally well throughout the entire 22oz bomber, and leaves thick sheets of lacing along the glass. Absolutely perfect score.

S: Very robust nose. Roasted/burnt malts are present and up-front, copious amounts of dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums, dates,). Caramel, molasses, coffee/espresso, toffee, and an amazing hop profile that really brings this one to a whole new level. The hops are perfectly balanced and very aromatic. The alcohol is apparent (especially when it warms), but considering the ABV, it is very well hidden.

T: Very similar to the nose. All of the roasted/burnt goodness is present, along with caramel, coffee/espresso, molasses, (didn't get toffee in the flavor), and TONS of dark fruits that seem to blend in pretty well...again, raisins (very noticeable), dates, figs, plums/prunes, and dark cherry. The only difference between the nose and the flavor are the hops. In the flavor, the hops are definitely bitter (also aromatic), and when combined with the malts, this makes one big beer. My only complaint is that the alcohol is a little overwhelming when the beer warms a few degrees.

MF/D: Superior viscosity...one of the thickest I've come across. Very smooth and creamy, long burnt/bitter finish with a touch of alcohol.

For $5.50 a bomber, this is an amazing deal. Also, widely available. Another amazing example from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 17:27:56 | More by scottyshades
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FacistCannonBall

California

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

Nice, really nice. Definite charred, roasted notes on the taste with cocoa and even French roast coffee making an appearance. The appearance is dark, opaque and alluring. Alcohol carries a punch; not so much in the taste (though it does have the warmth) but in the affects on the brain. Definitely a beer that is drinkable but probable safe in single 22 oz. servings.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:03:38 | More by FacistCannonBall
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

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

Spring 09 release.

A- As it pours out its deep deep red/brown and thick. A big 2-3 finger tan head rises up slowly and fades to the typical thin cap, leaving lace as it recedes. This is as pitch black as any RIS.

S- I wish the nose were a bit stronger but its still really nice. Smooth roast coffee, vanilla some burnt notes and black currants.

T- Sweet upfront. Its smooth, deep and syrupy with notes of molasses, currants and cocoa, Im loving the cocoa in here! Alcohol warmth all the way through. The finish is slightly bittered by hops and a roasted/ charred taste. Nicely balanced.

M- Full, Thick, Rich, Deep, Chewy, Sticky, Syrupy, Smooth, Round, Soft. Just some words to help describe this great beer. Low carbonation. The finish is slightly drying and sticky.

D- Kinda boozy and hot, but thats what you want in a good RIS. Its pretty stick but not too cloying.

This is a really really great RIS. With its price and accessibility this will definitely be one of my regulars now.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 04:53:01 | More by MbpBugeye
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Kromes

Georgia

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

A: Black with a dense brown colored head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, fruity hop, and alcohol aromas.

T: A very good flavor up front, nice burnt malt and chocolate. These flavors give way to a slight hop and alcohol flavor with a bitter bite in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

D: Very tasty and solid in every way. Can't find too much wrong with this beer other than some of the flavors being too strong, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 17:07:28 | More by Kromes
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served chilled into a tulip glass, it pours like motoroil with 1 finger of tighly packed spongy toasted almond colored head. Beautiful cascading into the glass.

Roasty chocolate malts w/ a slight almond hint with touch of toffee...not terribly complex in different aromas, but wonderful!

Sipping reveals...wow! heavenly...bakers chocolate up front along with a dark toffee overtones. Wonderfully complex! Toasted malts also are apparent. The swallow turns to wonderfully sweet chocolate along with some bitterness on the aftertaste. Wonderful!

Rich and chewy with some alcohol phenols on that tend to stick around subtly. Slightly drying finish.

Best beer I've had this year hands down! Drinkable??? Um....yes!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:26:25 | More by Fish113d
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BabyBastard

New York

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2009 release poured from the bomber into a goblet.

Appears pitch black with nice, dark brown head that quickly retreats to the edge of the glass. Appearance is great. A very nice looking stout.

Smells of dark roasted malts, not very strong, but subtle and pleasant. Notes of hops pervade throughout also, but are not overbearing. I would prefer the scent to be stronger, but I think that the taste makes up for it.

Tastes of coffee and molasses, dark fruits and slight hop bite is perceivable. Dark chocolate and toffee flavors. Feels a bit oily, but is smooth as silk on the way down. Not very light, but also not too thin. Just about perfect. Very drinkable, maybe a little too so. Watch out, that % might sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 04:40:25 | More by BabyBastard
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far333

Connecticut

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

Spring 2006 Limited Release. Many thanks to one of my oldest and frequent trading partners, BuckeyeNation, for lobbing this one over.

Inky black with purple highlights and a light brown soapy head that settles out quickly.

Aroma of sharp coffee and licorice, bitter chocolate.

Flavors of espresso and molasses, licorice and leather. Some smokey notes, hints of port, some cherry tartness. Notes of both milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate move in and out. Assertive bitterness without a hoppy flavor presence. Scary smooth for the ABV strength.

Even mouthfeel, perhaps just a tad slick, tingly finish, a bit tannic finish with a definite warming up the cheeks and tongue. Tasty beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 00:46:36 | More by far333
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep black, plume of khaki head that diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass, good lacing

S- complex blend of coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, black licorice

T- follows the scent, complex blend of coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, smoke, black licorice, mellow gin-like boozyness

M- on the low end of heavy bodied, slick and oily, not sticky, no major aftertaste

D- definitely a sipper, the 22oz took about an hour to go down, stronger flavor as it warms

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:13:43 | More by rfgetz
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Pours deep black with only the faintest light gleaming through the edges. Rich brown head sits atop but only momentarily. The head retreats fast leaving only the thinnest ring encompassing the top of the glass. Lacing is almost non existent.

Aroma is what you would expect from an RIS, yet I am somewhat let down with the lack of intensity. A spring 2009 release, hops are very much noticeable. Dark roasted malt smells lead the way being trailed by a generous dose of chocolate fudge. Molasses is present in the nose, much like a slight coffee aroma both smells are subtle.

Deep rich flavors are abundant. Dark roasted malt flavor with a slight bit of char are the first to greet the tongue. Chocolate flavors are rich but flavors are more bittersweet then what would be imagined from the nose. Hoppy bitterness from large fresh RIS's seem to be rather offensive to some but I find the addition to be welcomed. Much like the aroma the coffee notes are more subtle. Sweetness is rather understated more or less being overshadowed by the deeper flavors, I would imagine though that this changes with age.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Drinks smooth and creamy finishing only the slightest bit oily.

Absolutely a fantastic brew but leaves me underwhelmed. Drinks wonderfully easy and is remarkably enjoyable. The shortcomings are not deal breakers but more or less personal preference for the style. Definitely one to revisit in the future. While I came away moderately disappointed Stone IRS is truly a top notch RIS.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:44:04 | More by kzoobrew
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good lord, talk about chugging oil. Black. The head started off slow, but then exploded and kept expanding at the end - although I did begin to pour a little more aggresively towards the end. Very large, light brown head - extremely creamy. My head retained for quite a while before reducing down to a thick ring around the glass.

As for the taste...intense. Very strong and bitter coffee/chocolate flavors. Unbelievably smooth mouthfeel - incredibly creamy. This beer leaves a very distinct "espresso" aftertaste. The booze is noticeable, but I feel like it's kept well in the background.

This beer challenges me a bit more than I like, but it's absolutely of the highest quality. If you're a fan of what this beer is aiming to be, then you'll be in heaven.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 18:01:09 | More by Mavajo
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SamN

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at LiquorMax in Loveland. Poured into a chalice-like glass.

A- Pours thick black, like motor oil. Nice big brown bubbly head. Hella thick, hella black, hella awesome. Wish the head stuck around longer. Little lacing to speak of.

S- Whoa nelly, this here's a big boy! Coffee, molasses, raisins, vanilla, malt that reminds me exactly of the Celebrator I reviewed earlier today, nice light alcohol backdrop. Serious stout aroma. Boo ya!

T- Again, this is a big beer! Coffee and malt, of course, but buried deep in there are wood, hops, toffee, a sort of "fishy" taste (not a bad thing) and a creamy characteristic that is my favorite part of this beer. Alcohol isn't overpowering either, in fact, it's pretty well hidden, although I'm sure I'll find it at the bottom of this bomber. Very unique for this style, and I really like it. Tasty tasty.

M- Chewy and thick, big body and the right amount of carbonation. Feels good to swirl it through my teeth.

D- Drinkability suffers because this is such a damn big beer, it may be a struggle to finish this whole thing after I just ate a huge dinner. Better to split this with people.

A great stout from a great brewery, thanks Stone, you guys rule!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:23:56 | More by SamN
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spring 2008 Release

Pours about 1/4 of a finger of dark tan head that fades to a thin ring around the glass. Not a lot of lace here. We will simply call the color black and leave it at that.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops. The smell is very mouthwatering. I am enjoying it so far.

Wow, the taste is very rich and roasted. Lots of chocolate, toffee, caramel, some booze, dark fruits, and earthy hops. A big amount of roasted/burnt hops in this one. The dark fruit portion is pretty dominate in this RIS. I like it, but it is quite boozy.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, hot, and a little bitter near the end. I can really tell there are a ton of hops in this beer from the mouthfeel. Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clear burnt malt flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer and I am glad the serving size is a 12 oz bottle. A bomber would be too much for me. I like, but it is nothing I am falling in love with. A great beer none the less!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:19:21 | More by mothman
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Tom8Analise

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please note that the Stone Russian Imperial Stout that I had was a 2008 that had already been aging for at least one year.

A - Thick black stout that sticks to the side of the glass as you slightly swirl it.

S - Even smells thick with an aroma that is full of coffee and fruit notes...extremely comparable to the Kate The Great that I recently had.

T - Very smooth with barely any carbonation. Again, very comparable to Kate The Great with complex fruit and coffe undertones.

M - Easy to take down with a smooth full body.

D - Could easily enjoy quite a few glasses at a slow pace but it was a very filling beer (in a good way).

The '09 Stone Russian Imperial Stout was also an exceptional beer in my opinion but not in the same ballpark as one that had already been aging for over a year.

Cheers!!!

Tom and Analise

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 21:33:27 | More by Tom8Analise
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle into snifter. This is a Spring '08 release, consumed in late September, '09.

Pure black, motor oil shimmy, thin coating of brown bubbles that dissipates fairly quickly. Fantastic stickage, and nice lacing.

Nose is packed with vinous dark fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, with some lingering citrus hop notes underneath.

Taste is full of chocolate, dark fruits (lightly vinous), burnt (even roasty) caramel and loads of licorice, sweet and rich. There's some lingering citrus hops towards the finish that contribute a light to moderate lingering bitterness with just a touch of charred malt on the finish. Nice alcohol burn that isn't overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a sharp carbonation underneath that accentuates the burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability is good, delicious beer but not amazing in its drinkability - any beer where I can literally feel the alcohol burn shouldn't be getting higher than a 4 from me, even if I do believe it fits well with the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:56:10 | More by JohnQVegas
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ricke

Sweden

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

2008 vintage. Cellared for about a year.

A: Black with a small brown and thick head, Nice lacings. A really good looking beer.

S: Very balanced and round, yet with plenty of bold aromas. Hard roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and coffee - all listed in order of strength. Some alcohol in the nose.

T: Really good, smooth and powerful at the same time. It's similar to the smell with lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Wonderful subtle fruity notes. The finish is quite bitter with a faint hop note, wood and a hint of licorice. The alcohol provides a warming feeling in the finish. It develops nicely in the glass - the roasted character and the fruity notes gain strength as the chocolate takes a step back.

M: Not overly full-bodied. Smooth mouthfeel and mellow carbonation.

D: Very good. More than a year in the cellar was really good for this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:10:25 | More by ricke
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

I actually can't remember where I picked this up, I'm thinking Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Not sure on price, but I know I've had this for at least three months. Spring 2009 Limited Release 22oz bomber.

A: Syrupy dark brown verging on black, has an enormous brown sugar colored head, about an inch and a half thick, from an aggressive pour. Pretty darn dark when held to the light, a few garnet highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing, and fair head retention.

S: Roasted barley, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, a little bit of alcohol in there as well, has some hoppy notes as well, but they're really lost in the fray here. Pretty damn nice.

T: Lots from the nose is carried over rich milk chocolate flavor with a huge dark roast coffee as well, brown sugar sweetness is there, a little too noticeable on the alcohol, but it still isn't that overbearing. Definite hop bitterness mixed in with the roasted malt, and alcohol. Really tasty, but the alcohol is just a little too unrefined here.

M: Quite thick and viscous, very little carbonation, dry from the alcohol, and pretty warm going down. Hits all the notes about right. Quite sticky on the lips as well.

D: Fairly easy drinking beer, has a lot of nice flavors and strong flavors, but the booze is just noticeable enough to not really want to crack another one open. One 22oz serving is more than enough. Nice beer though, strong flavors, and deserves the respect it gets.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:48:02 | More by pokesbeerdude
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exquisite appearance. A jet black body supports a god finger of long lasting mocha head, which produces sheets of lace. This could be textbook!Lightly smoky aroma, with hints of cocoa powder and coffee. The flavour puts me in mind of an imperial oatmeal stout. Off the bat I taste oats mixing in with a rich melange of roasted malts. Some dark fruit, tobacco and alcohol round things out. Its very good all round, but its still not top tier in my oppinion - rather just solidly made. Smooth, medium body with restrained carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 20:00:07 | More by bobsy
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Goldfish19

New York

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

**Limited Spring 2009 Release** Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This fine specimen pours motor oil black with a creamy brown head. Immediately, smells of chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted coffee, like magic, seem to appear out of nowhere. Really, does it get any better than this? I don't think so. Wow! What a mouthfeel! The flavor of roasted malts and chocolate hit you like there is no tomorrow. You know you're drinking something special when all the flavors are able to mask the 10.5% ABV like it's not even there!

For a beer that is relatively inexpensive, and is always available, I wonder why I seek out other stout's? Do I see myself looking for something better, something to put this over-the-top? The fact of the matter is, I am looking for something that just so happens to be right in front of my face. Highly recommended! ~

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 02:23:19 | More by Goldfish19
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smuttanator

Massachusetts

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

Ahhh, the beer that got me into imperial stouts. This beer is just about the model of what a drinkable RIS should taste like. Nice roasted flavors, a small alchohol burn, and medium body make this one of the best of its kind (and by the far the best of mass produced RIS beers). I love that these now come in 12oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:19:53 | More by smuttanator
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,541 ratings.