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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,672 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,672
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,422 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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JonMich13

North Carolina

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

2007 vintage on tap at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.

A = Cute waitress in typical school girl outfit brought this jet black artwork to my table. A sexy girl indeed, but the beer in her hand was sexier. Pure black with a tiny dark brown head. Little speckles of even darker brown percolated while drinking or swirling. Web like lacing down the glass.

S = Dominant sweet chocolate notes with some roasted maltiness and coffee there as well. Some hints of dark fruit maybe as well.

T = Absolutely wonderful taste, that evolved as it warmed. A myriad of complex chocolate, coffee, malt, hop, dark fruit, rum like syrupy sweetness. A warming alcohol slowly evolved down the glass. This is one seriously delicious brew. The 2 year cellar did it real good.

M = Aside from taste, the other truly great aspect of this one. Creamy is the first adjective that came to mind. Just smooth and silky as it went down. Thick, but not as hugely thick as some others. Almost perfect in this regard.

D = Very, very drinkable for all that's going on here. I really wanted another immediately.

I feel privileged to have had this vintage on tap. I will seek out the fresh version and any other vintages I can obtain to compare. They have a tall task to match this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 01:30:18 | More by JonMich13
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

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

2009 Vintage from Bottle

Pours thick black with a thin cocoa head that dissipates rather quickly in a fine ring around the glass. Deep black in appearance with a bit of mahogany around the edges of the glass. Smell is rich in roasted malts with some slight aromas of dried fruits and smoke. The flavor is full of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of coffee. There is definitely an alcohol presence in the aftertaste but it is very nice. This beer is extremely drinkable, very well done. Happy I bought a few to keep around for a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 03:33:46 | More by DiabolikDUB
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Gtreid

Florida

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

Bomber, poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Almost pure black, when backlit, just a hint of light brown appears. Two fingers of milk chocolate colored head reveals itself and the remnants hang around for the entire glass.

A: Just like a RIS should smell like. Big roasty nut aroma with dried fruit (rasins, fig, and current). Molasess and dark chocolate are also prominent.

T: Very nice, roasty, chocolate, slightly bitter from the dried fruit and earthy hops.

M: Excellent! Creamy, but enough carbonation to give it a little bite.

D: Very high drinkability for the ABV. Overall, this beer belongs in the discussion of best RIS out there. Just great all around! Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:08:44 | More by Gtreid
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

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

A: dark, black, opaque with dark brown head

S: combination of roasted coffee and alcohol

T: complex flavor, both sweet and malty, hints of coffee, hops, and the alcohol warmth and the end

MF: full bodied beer, thick and chewy

Drinkability: have to watch out for this one. the ABV is high and drinks easy. This was my dessert after dinner, I could have easily had seconds and thirds.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 19:39:58 | More by porterwoobie
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I tasted this in Apr 2009, just gettin' around to the review-taken from notes. Poured chilled into an ale glass -2009 version.

A - Black thick appearance, great lacing the ale is opaque and has lasting head retention

S - The aroma is rich w/ malt, dark fruit, molasses, candy caramel and vanilla w/ citrus odors from hops

M - The malts have great texture that is rich w/ coffee's roastiness smooth sweetness and viscous without becoming overbearing. The texture is warm from alcohol, but within range

T - The flavor of seriously dark chocolate, roasted grain w/ sweetness of vanilla rum, flavors of currants, plum and dark brown sugar w/ toasted nuts, and cocoa powder. The flavor of hops and alcohol are noted in the tertiary flavors but the taste really lingers w/ malt intensity

D - The west coast has many RIS's that are good, but this is a standout - do not hesitate to try this like I did. I consider it a great example of the style.

Re-review 2008 version courtesy of John Michaelsen at our Stout Tasting part deux. Poured from the cool bomber into a taster and re-sampled again.
A-5 S 4.5 M 4.5 T 4.5 D 5

A - deep black, opaque ominous look with thick beige cap and lots of lace clings. The bead is tiny and retention is decent. The smell of strong roast and fruit with cocoa and a mellow spice element. The main fruit would be currant but other dark fruits come to mind w/ slight woody hop note and hints of toast. The feel is lovely, blended with spicy and roasted textures. The slight amount of alcohol in the feel adds complexity and the spice seems slightly strong with a mild bitter element in the finish.

The taste is great with chocolate bitterness and notes of pepper and currant with a light smoke and hint of toffee in the flavor. The mild cocoa and coffee is buoyed by the hop flavor which gives a slight sweet woodiness and then the toffee-molasses comes back with mild dark brown sugar taste in the finish. This is awesome aged - I think the 2008 is the best by Stone I have ever had, just ridiculously good drinkability and I want to go out and get some to age for three years now, what a treat! Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 17:00:58 | More by Slatetank
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Florida9

Illinois

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

Spring 2009 release

A: Dark. Jet black. Opaque. Two fingers of tan colored head that pools around the edges of the glass and settles down to a nice surface coating. Lots of lacing.

S: This is the beauty of this beer. Rich italian roast coffee. Chocolate. Mocha. Espresso. Mixed in with some malts and this funny hop accent.

T: Bittersweet malts followed by the twang of alcohol on the tongue. Finished with an espresso bitterness that lingers lovingly on the back of the tongue. Coffee and roasty, toasty malts.

M: Full bodied, but, not thick by any means. Actually a bit thinner than most RIS's I've tasted, which improves the drinkability. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: Another Stone success. A very nice RIS and one I look forward to having again. Personally, I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting - it's much too flavorful - but this a wonderful beer to have every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 20:49:05 | More by Florida9
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bulletrain76

California

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. 2007 vintage, from International liquor right next to my house. I'm guessing that not too many people in Isla Vista drink this stuff, so it was probably sitting there since the spring. Pours nearly solid black, but there's a little brown around the edges. No head, only some light brown lace. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, and almond aroma. Flavors of dark chocolate, prunes, roasted coffee. Doppelbockish. Thick and syrupy, but not overly so. Very rich and alcoholic. Was fantastic for the first glass, but by the end of the bomber it became a little cloying and intense. I think I'll share it next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 19:07:16 | More by bulletrain76
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Westsidebuddha

California

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

Bought at Arroyo Liquor in South San Gabriel, Calif.
This is the Limited Spring 2009 Release bottle.

Slight hint of coffee and fruit. Pour a very dark motor oil black color into pint glass. Can't see light thru the glass! Very small head with little bubbles on top. Very stouty first sip with a strong alcohol backend. A very good mouthfeel of roastiness with the taste tingling with every sip. Overall, a very good Russian Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing. I could drink 2 or 3 of these in a row. Also, a good description on the back of the bottle which I always like to read especially while drinking the beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 13:03:04 | More by Westsidebuddha
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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

A thick pour with an intense black color and an off-white head.

Smell is roasted with hints of molasses and dark malts, which add coffee and mocca.

Taste is heavy, a sweet malty base covered with roasted, yet mild, black and chocolate malts. Hints of coffee, molasses, figs and mocca offer a great taste. Bitterness nicely balances the roast and let the beer shine in every direction. Some hints of adjunts, like oats or rye, which give an oily character.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 10:26:41 | More by Absumaster
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JWD

California

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

One of my favorites

A- BLACK almost the darkest ever, medium head and lace.

S- Sweet, dark fruit and chocolate, some bitterness and roasted character.

T- Wonderful thing working here, roasted malts and chocolate and a hoppy finish

M- Good, but not the thickest, oily, and coating IRS i have had.

D- Great, Stone has done a great job on this one as it is my favorite stone offering to date.

Few minor twaeks and this can be as good or better that the best of them, i think it is better than the Abyss and close to Darkness and will have some work to catch the DL. IMO

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:07:28 | More by JWD
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

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

Served on tap at Craft Ale House

Pours a jet black, inky color, the head is thin, and tan.

The nose is really well balanced of coffee, chocolate, and well roasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose, the roasted flavors intermingle brilliantly, lots of complex flavors. As the glass warms, it opens up even more.

Good mouthfeel, not light, not thick - just right

I could drink a bunch of these, not too alcoholic feeling. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 00:35:10 | More by mhatters
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'08 vintage bottle shared with Brent (Swimsum). Thanks for the hookup buddy! I've been waiting a looong time to try this one.

Appeaance: Short, brown, creamy, head sits atop a thick pitch black body. Nice lacing. Decent retention - dies to a creamy halo after 5 minutes or so. Looks like a good RIS, but nothing really stands out as special.

Smell: Smokey, meaty, and floral. Hickory and dark fruits maybe? Caramel is quite prevalent, as is roasted malt and (to a lesser degree) coffee. Floral hops and estery alcohol bring the quaff to a close. Although I'm not sure if any distinction exists, I would call this an English-style RIS (as opposed to an American RIS). The main components of the aroma are sweet, fruity, and smokey, whereas American RIS's focus more on black coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and charred wood. This is the best English-style RIS I've ever come across.

Taste: Similar to smell: meat, smoke, caramel, coffee, leafy floral hops, and roasted malt. Chocolate is also in there, but it's more subdued than the other flavors. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about this beer, the majority of them underwhelming. Now that I've tried it myself, I must say that I absolutely love it! Great job Stone!

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, thick, sticky, creamy, hearty, and moderately carbonated. Very smooth. Leaves a sticky residue on my lips.

Drinkability: I want some more of this soooo bad! I was expecting an absolute hop-bomb from Stone, but this turned out to be delicate and harmonious. This is one beautifully addictive RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 16:46:54 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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

A= pours a viscous pitch black with a small half centimeter head in my snifter that's a nice creamy brown color with some decent retention and average lacing to begin with. Toward the end of the drink the lacing is gone.
S= great classic russian imperial stout smell. Deep roasted malts chocolate and coffee. There is also a significant amount of plum and rasin dark fruit smell.
T= very nice and smooth. This is a 2008 vintage and its actually got some oak notes? Was it in oak at any point? The chocolate is in it with nice roasted malt taste. Some of the best roasted malt I've ever tasted. There's some dark fruit in the taste but not as much as the nose, it sort of comes through on the back of my tongue and fades away quickly to the nice roasted malts.
M= thick and viscous. Very chewy.
D= fabulous. One of the best ris's I've had. I really wish stone would come to MN because this is great I love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:39:04 | More by jjanega08
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Spring Release

I have been cellaring this for the last 2 years, lets see how it held it.

Served in a duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark oily black, with an mean burnt brown colored head, really haven't seen a head like that in a while, no real lacing to write home about, so it just misses the perfect appearance mark. Nose is of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffe, with hints of molasses. Taste is a little bit of a let down, i was excepting a little more bite in the taste, i don't know how much cellaring this beer hurt it. There is a strong taste of espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, but def. lacking the bitterness, I almost wish I would have drank this sooner, o well. It is pretty smooth on the mouth and is a silky velvet texture could be a little thicker though. The beer is listed at 10% and the alcohol is hidden pretty well, a sipper for sure just for the style. Overall it was kind of a letdown for me after reading so many great reviews, I don't know how much the receipe is changed each year or if cellaring the beer for 2 years hurt it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 17:09:22 | More by bonbini26
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benwah22

Florida

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

There's two smells to this beer - first is when the beer is still where you get the dark coffee with the backdrop of burnt molasses and dark chocolate. Then swirl the beer in the glass, think sweet dark fruits - figs, raisons, even blackberry...all with a hint of alcohol.

The beer appears black, but held to the light a deep amber/blackish/brownish/tawney hue can be seen. Dark khaki head that starts fluffy and leaves quickly.

Low carbonation, syrupy, and smooth in the mouth.

The taste is complex - no two ways about it. At first you're hit with the savory - the espresso, the dark chocolate, the tobacco, then the burnt sweet kicks in - think dried dark fruits and burnt sugar/molasses. Lastly, you get the alcohol - but you're not beat over the head with it.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable...well, until the 10.2% catches up to you. You really don't notice it until you're done with the first one.

A fantastic example of the Imperial Russian Stout style

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:54:59 | More by benwah22
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Whoa, this stuff is almost black. A firm pour produces a rich, dark tan head that leaves a nice amount of lace. A slight cap of foam hangs on until the end.

S. Pretty muted when cold. Some faint, nutty type malt aromas start to emerge along with pit fruit smells (cherries?) as it warms. Alcohol makes an appearance too.

T. Lots of bitterness from roasted malts - some nuttiness, fruitiness and chocolate along with a shot of booze. Nothing to write home about.

M. Thick and low in carbonation - just the way a RIS should be. This beer expands across your palate very nicely.

D. A sipper - I split a bomber with my wife, 11 ounces is plenty for me. This is a good beer but a little too harsh/bitter for me - I was expecting more given the high scores and hype. Not up to the caliber of Founder's RIS, Ten FIDY and Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:46:43 | More by bound4er
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vrazionale

Vermont

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

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. The bottle reads "Limited Spring 2009 Release."

A - This is one viscous, intense-looking brew. Pours a deep blackish brown with a 1/4 inch brown head. The head and the beer slowly slide down the side of the glass after swirling. Indeed it does pour "like Siberian crude," as the bottle reads. Absolutely beautiful.

S - Chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, wood, toasted bread, malt. Rich, inviting, and too complex for words.

T - Slightly smoky and earthy, but the sweetness of chocolate is definitely there. I get a long finish of toasted malt. The flavors develop as it warms, and you can even taste this if you roll it around your mouth for a few seconds.

M - It feels thick and heavy on the palate, but in a very good way. It just rolls around your mouth. A bit of a sticky feel after swallowing, though I don't think you could make a brew this rich without a bit of stickiness.

D - This is one of those beers with which you should take your time. It takes some endurance to drink a brew this rich and complex - next time I would share it with a friend. I'm sure it ages exceptionally well. A must-try for stout lovers and adventurous beer drinkers alike!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:32:39 | More by vrazionale
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Monsteruss

Colorado

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

The foam was a deep coffee wheat/tan color, smooth and lacey. The color was opaque/dark brown with amber/mahogany highlights in the light. The smell was of a burnt mahogany, molassis with wheat overtone and subtle fruity undertones, complex. The taste was a deep, rich molassis, wheat flavoured, nutty and a little bitter and a little sweet. Mouthfeel - heavy-bodied, smooth and rich. I had to drink it somewhat slowely to enjoy the complex taste. Drinkability - heavy and smooth - good if you like the extended time to enjoy a rich porter taste - very good session.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 16:58:57 | More by Monsteruss
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AChamberlain

Texas

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

Garnished in a trade with mattolesh, thanks! 2008 release. 12oz bottle.

Poured thick, black and beautiful. Thick brown head. Roasty, molasses aroma. Sweet, yet spicy. Roasted coffee flavor, chocolaty. Boozy after first couple of sips. Anise, raisin flavors as well. Some hop bitterness, slowly ripping at my tongue. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Nice to sip. Take your time with this one. Slowly now, warm it a bit. It definitely stands out from other RISs. I would love to buy a cache and age some.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:27:53 | More by AChamberlain
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Bartrob6

North Carolina

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

pours a very dark black. just like a stout should. with a beautiful head that looks like chocolate milk. great lacing left on the glass.

smells of burnt and roasted malts with some dark fruits also. a little coffe smell in there too. very inviting aroma. alcohol smell too...but i mean....its a 10.5% beer. what would you expect?

tastes basically the same way it smells. awesome balance between the dark fruits and roasted/burnt malts. slight alcohol burn but is nicely balanced with an extremely creamy mouthfeel.

i would love sipping this beer all night long. i just wouldn't have too many of them cause after a couple bombers of this i probably wouldn't really remember much of drinking them....

overall...incredible beer. well done stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 20:29:25 | More by Bartrob6
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greg202stewart

Rhode Island

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

A- Awesome bottle, love the Russian hat on the Gargoyle. The beer is dark like soy sauce with a very thin head. No seeeing through this one, it's a black void

S- smells like coffee and alcohol and rocket fuel

t- Definitely a sipper, but not because it's bad tasting, just very strong. I really like the flavors this one has, coffee, malt, and the rest is undefinablly delicious.

m- like holding a sip of whiskey in your mouth, nice and strong

d- a winter warmer, a seasonal beer for me

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 14:56:10 | More by greg202stewart
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rossthefireman

California

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage
A- this beer has a brownish black appearance. No visibilty through the beer! Great foamy head that lasts.

S- huge roasted coffee/roasted malt smell with a hint of alcohol.

T- Damn, this beer is huge on flavor. Chocolate and slight vanilla, some roasted coffee notes. Dark fruits , particularly dark cherry. Toffee, caramel, and roasted espresso. There are a lot of flavors playing around in this stout and all of them work great together.

M- Great mouth feel, good carbonation and slightly dry finish.

D- very drinkable now and probably even more drinakble is the years to come.

My god this stout is fantastic! The flavors that play around in your mouth are just awesome. Its as if you can get different flavors in every sip. This beer is going to age well and should just meld the excellent flavors of time. I better go get my case now!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 05:50:41 | More by rossthefireman
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AVDeuph

Florida

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

This is the Spring 2009 distribution...I'm excited to review this beer because it has been a while since I've had this and I know my tastes have changed significantly.

A: Blackish-Black. One finger mocha-colored head that was relatively short-lived.

S: Coffee, dark malts, and most pervasively, chocolate aromas. Very slight background of alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate (and possibly some even darker fruits?). Alcohol warms just a little bit, it's a good feeling. Black-coffee-bitter finish.

M: Nice and heavy, a soft bed of carbonation that really feels more like a general liveliness than anything else.

D: Well, I mean it's certainly tasty...flavors are robust enough to slow down the drinking process, so it's not like you are going to specifically want another one right away. Don't confuse that with the beer having low drinkability, it's just that I'm going to take my time and enjoy it.

This beer gets great reviews for a reason. A must-try for RIS lovers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:39:38 | More by AVDeuph
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

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

Reviewed on 4-28-09
Spring 2008 release.

Jet black apperance with thin mocha colored head that quickly disipates.
Suttle hop bitterness aroma blended with dark chocolate. Equal amounts of dark roasted cofee. Alcohol gives a slight tingle sensation to the nose.
First impression is a quick burst of bitter chocolate followed by deep roasted cofee notes. Finishes up with a fearless alcohol presance that remains.
Solid body here with thick mouthfeel. Oily resins cling to tounge with fading alcohol.
Without a question one of the best RIS! Drink only suffers mildly from intence ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:30:32 | More by FishGetter
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McDiddyPop

Florida

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

Vintage Spring 2009. 22oz bomber poured into a Cigar City snifter. Jet plack pour with a thin mocha head that diminishes to nothing. Scattered lacing along the sides of the glass. Ruby red hues when I tilt the glass in the light. Smells of dark roasted coffee. Sweet milk chocolate. A hint of toffee or caramel. A touch of alcohol shows through in the finish. Tastes of roasted grains, a bit of dark chocolate. Sweet toffee notes towards the front of the tongue, dark roasted bitterness on the sides with a smooth alcohol warmth at the back of the throat. Carbonation is just about perfect. Finishes with a slight burnt chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol peeks its head in towards the end, but overall a very drinkable beer, especially considering its ABV. This stout deserves to be in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 05:38:49 | More by McDiddyPop
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,672 ratings.