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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,066 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,066
Reviews: 2,592
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 543
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 88
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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Photo of dasenebler
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, 2009 release.

This one's been cellared for about six months, so I thought I'd give it a try. Temperature is around 60 degrees.

Onyx pour. When given some air, this stout pours with a great head, which is relatively light in color for an imperial. Okay lace.

Aroma is nice, with some alcohol and fat notes of roast and tobacco.

Flavor is excellent. It has mellowed and rounded significantly over the past several of months alone. Heaps of chocolate, both dark and sweet. Significant roast, but not nearly as much hopiness as expected. Coffee. Definitely bitter, but well- balanced. Anise and tobacco, like the aroma. The mouthfeel is obviously full and rich, but I can't judge this terribly well right now. I'd like to have this beer as my first of the night in the future... and then call it a night given the ABV. However, this is a very drinkable stout when allowed to age.

I don't know how much I'm adding with my review to this already well-recognized brew (1,600+ opinions on BA!). This is merely an affirmation of its greatness. It's like Old Rasputin taken to a whole other level: refined and smooth.

dasenebler, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Spring 2008 release, closing in on 2 yrs. old, opened for Christmas Eve.

Pours a rich black color with a finger plus of mocha foam building in the snifter. Slowly dies to a collar.

This is a ridiculously drinkable RIS at this point. Beautiful roasting malt, dark chocolate, hints of anise, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, hints of espresso. Creamy mouthfeel, not a hint of the alcohol at this point aside from a slight warming as it descends. Coats the mouth.

Oh so balanced, oh so roasty with just enough sweet to balance. Dangerously drinkable at this point, must find more to age. Superb.

ritzkiss, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 10.5% ABV, "Age at Cellar temp 55 degrees or below", "Ages especially well.", "Limited Spring 2009 Release."

A - The pour is clear and quiet. In the glass it's almost pitch black with scant hints of color at the very bottom. The head is a dark mocha tan and packed with big bubbles. Despite it's small stature, it was retained very well. Thin lace covered the glass when the foam dropped to a creamy layer.

S - The nose bursts with potent, intricate roasted malts. Light coffee weaves in and out of dark chocolate that's drizzled with molasses. Black cherries and raisins add a low and dark fruity nature to this imperial stout. A rich caramel malt sweetness gives a good balance to the exceptional nose. Some toffee, mocha, and vanilla notes also aid in the massive complexity of this amazing nose.

T - Thick, robust roasted malts coat the tongue in a beautiful malty glory. Like the aroma, the flavor is vastly complex. Molasses, chocolate chunks, coffee bean, caramel cube, and a toasted bread malt flavor make up much of what I get. Then toffee, mocha, and vanilla bean all wander in like a dribble of coffee creamer. The potent alcohol that's noticeable instantly on the first sip, just seems to fade away. This is one of the most exceptional flavors I've had the pleasure of tasting.

M - Rich and chewy, it's a beyond-full-bodied brew that coats the throat all the way down like syrup. The carbonation is perfectly balanced to deliver a smooth drinking experience. With it being low, it also explains the lack of a larger head.

D - Between the flavor and mouthfeel...well, hell...every aspect of this beer, it's probably one of, if not THE, best beers I've ever had in my life. And for the price, it's damn near impossible to beat. I want to buy a case and I want to buy it now.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage on tap at the Flying Saucers Christmas Glass Night, 12/23/2009.

Poured into the elongated christmas chalice black with a two finger tan head. Looked great in the glass.

I'm putting exceptional as the smell because I was in a smokey bar and I could actually smell something. Which I usually never can do because I'm actually allergic to cigerette smoke. I could definatly smell the malted carmel and spices.

The taste was amazingly smooth. It really does mellow out with age. There really wasn't an overly sweet taste to it, and the spices worked very well.

The mouthfeel was perfect, no alcohol burn what so ever. However it was very filling, which is why I am marking down the drinkability. Probably more my stomachs fault that the beer.

This was a great Christmas Present from Stone and the Flying Saucer.

whoneeds8, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second full review of this one, and it is from notes. My original review was one of my very first reviews, and not very descriptive. Also scored it higher than I ever score anything these days. But it was also sort of an accident that I will be reviewing it twice, as I'd forgotten I'd reviewed it and taken notes the last time I had it. Here goes. This bottle had at least 1.5 years on it at the time of the sample.

Pours thick, dark black with creamy head that gradually fades to film and ring. Glass has some lacing, but not much.

SMELL Initially I get some licorice (star anise?), molasses, roasted barley, and a more general malty sweetness. Emerging later are coffee, smoky and strong boozy elements. Complex, smooth and inviting.

TASTE is much like the nose. Strong licorice, molasses, and roasted barley with some coffee and black patent. Boozy with a fairly sharp but restrained hoppy/roasted bitterness coming on late. Malty sweetness balances well until the finish. Mellower than I recalled, but perhaps smoother and more complex? Those final observations would make sense given the time in the cellar.

FEEL Medium carbonation, rich full body, thick and chewy, moderate alcoholic warming, and some bitterness in the semi-dry finish.

OVERALL Seems to have mellowed with age, and surprisingly easy to drink. Pretty smooth for all that is going on in it.

sprucetip, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Spring Release from Notes

Black black pour with a tannish 2 finger head that lends some sticky moderate retention on the glass.
Aroma of Dark dried fruits for sure ( raisins, plums ) and some licorice with faint alcohol.
Taste is a great chocolate,coffee and a fruity sweetness that really sits well on tht tongue. Extremely smooth and creamy motuhfeel and a solid drinkability with an ABV that will sneak up on you if your not careful.

stonequarrywest, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- Jet black with a thin light brown head. Retention is fair with excellent lacing. No light gettin through this glass.

S- Kinda a spicy fruit smell to it, with a hint of alcohol. It isn't the sometimes prevalant dark fruit smell that is associated with really sweet stouts, but rather it is a smell I associate with a normal pale ale. There still is the hint of raisins in it though.

T- Pretty bitter, not really what I would have guessed based on the smell but the hops shine in the taste department. Beyond that is more great flavor, tons of toasted and burnt malt.

M- Thick and viscious, really slick in the mouth. Nice alcohol warming to go along with it though.

D- I can never seem to give RIS anything more than a 4.5 for drinkability, I find it kinda rediculous to try and drink 22oz of this stuff. Its not that its bad but it is heavy and high abv. Overall this is a good RIS, not my favorite but the value is there especially for teh quality of the beer.

brow1901, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of alkemy
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Limited Spring 2009 Release. This stuff is black. The fluffy dark tan head is the only thing that gives it away as to not actually being black. The head does dissipate rather quickly. I can't even discern color when held directly to my desk light. Lots of chocolate along with some strong coffee notes and hints of molasses. Only a hint of alcohol in the nose. There are also traces of dark dried fruits. Tastes of a smoky chocolate coffee. Alcohol is masked fairly well, but it is noticeable. Pretty good for a 10.5% RIS. That's what has kept me away from other RIS's such as Siberian Night, which I felt to be too alcohol forward. Oddly enough, I tend not to notice alcohol in high ABV strong ales or DIPA's. I'm also noticing a black licorice component as I get further into this. Creamy viscous feel with a fair amount of carbonation. Not typically a fan of this style, but I'm glad I tried this one. Nice sipper, but I could only drink it sparingly. The only knock that I have is that there is a building sweetness/richness that knocks down the drinkablity a touch for me. Unlike high ABV DIPA's, I'd rather have this in a 12 ouncer.

alkemy, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 2009 bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a complete black with an introductory two finger tan head. The head was pretty but unfortunately it withered away very quickly.

S- I am getting coffee notes along with some subtle chocolate smells as well. I am even picking up some subtle raisin flavors. I am not getting a commanding smell, everything seems to work well to give you a very nice smelling beer.

T- I am picking up some of the same tastes that I found in the nose as well. Coffee, chocolate, along with roasted malt. Everything seeems to finsh in a mellow alcohol finish. Good tasting beer that for its strength is going down well.

I have a 2007 bottle but decided that I would give this one a shot first. This is a good RIS but I probably would not get this again. I have had other offerings from Stone that I would get before buying this again. Plus I have found other RIS's that suit me more. Overall a nice beer but a one time thing. However I will be having the 2007 bottle in my cellar down the road and see what a few years does to the flavors.

cbros, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ebony bodied and impossible to see through with some evil dark cocoa foam that has great retention and sticks to the glass. The nose is great. Black licorice, black strap molasses and heavily roasted dark malt make up the nose on this malty beast with some charred hop bitterness struggling to get through. Bittersweet chocolate and dark fudgy malt flavors with just enough hop seasoning to perfectly balance the flavors out.
the alcohol is barely noticable. Smooth and medium bodied with a silky carbonation. A fantastic RIS that only improves with age.

biggred1, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to pour an '08...

A: Dark as black coffee. Small mocha head the disappears into a white lace around the top of the brew.

S: Faint scents, but smells of nice smoky flavors.

T: Tastes of great smoky flavors. Taste almost caramel flavors at first followed by some bitter hops and a fantastic smooth finish. Awesome brew!

M: Very good amount of carbonation. Leaves a nice hoppy flavor sticking to your pallate.

D: This one goes down exceptionally easy. Very impressive.

All in all, this is a great brew. Awesome stout. Very impressed with the '08 after aged for a year. Great for people who have already expanded to craft brews and are looking for a good stout.

steve8robin, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle.

Pours black with a moderate head that lasts awhile, with nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of hay/wet straw, leather, dark fruit.

Tasting dark dried fruits (prunes and cherries), coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, banana, butterscotch.

Very luscious mouthfeel, a chocolate ice cream sundae float (with the cherries) of a beer.

After a year's aging, this is presenting as an amazing beer. My notes are for the 2008 vintage, now a year old. The fruit flavors have mellowed a bit, but there remains a well-integrated, deep complexity of flavors. Age your stone RIS a year (or more) and you will be glad you did.

Beerenauslese, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Ego
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

eyes...
black, as you would expect, cocoa tinged head that dissipated rather quickly (I seem to remember better lacing/head retention last time I had this). the high alcohol content definitely leaves legs on the sides of the glass, this is your good looking RIS, nothing special in the look imo.

nose...
dry-raisiny chocolate odor with hints of alcohol like bourbon, noce notes of good coffee (dark roast), nothing dominates, it all works together incredibly well.

taste etc...
chalky roast with a bitter chocolate finish, decent mouth feel, the carbonation is OK, once you get used to the initial bitter tinge this is way too easy to drink, a little too sweet over the long haul, I would like to see more roasty/dark flavors taking over.

vedict?
Hard to knock the value here, certainly not the best RIS out there but that is not a knock at all. The ABV is very well hidden.

Ego, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of BetterDarker
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter

A: This beer pours jet black and thick with very thin mocha colored head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

S: Strong aroma of alcohol, roasted malts, molasses and chocolate.

T: Wow this is good. Taste is sweet up front. Some roasted malts with a finish of chocolate. Despite the boozy aroma, alcohol is well masked. I know this will sound crazy for a RIS, but this beer is actually balanced, every flavor blends with the next. Outstanding

M: Heavy body, low carbonation with a clean finish.

D: Scary on the drinkability, alcohol is well masked and this beer is delicious. 10.8% ABV? I wouldn't believe it if it wasn't printed on the bottle.

BetterDarker, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of abecall98
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought about a dozen 12 ounce 2008 bottles.

A - poured into my La Chouffe tulip, filled up the glass by the added 1/4 inch tan head. The head dissipated a little too quickly, but leaves a nice laced tan head around the glass

S - A little too sweet. Smell of burnt sugar, slight roast.

T - Starts off roasty, then hits the sweetness, and begins staying a little too overly sweet. Doesn't keep much of that stout taste going down, and has a soy sweetness that isnt too pleasant. Wish there was more roast in this one. Perhaps with more age, the sweetness will mellow out. Not Alcohol flavor, so this was well aged for a year and a half.

M - Not too bubbly, smooth, and creamy. Wish there was a slight more carbonation, and less soy sauce like characteristics, but overall good.

D - I could have a few of these. The flavor and mouthfeel go well, not perfect, but they work. For the high abv, the age made it unnoticable, and I like that.

O - A good RIS. There are a ton of better RIS's available, but for the price and the ABV, this is a good choice.

abecall98, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of mjgarrett2
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Dark and dense. Chestnut head with decent lacing.

S-Coffee over cocoa. Slight hint of lactose-like characteristics.

T-Good balance of bitter and sweet. More subtle like hazelnut coffee rather than other RIS where you are drinking a candy bar.

M-lingering of the subtle characteristics that compliment the cocoa.

D-Dangerous. Smooth enticing for 10.5 abv.

mjgarrett2, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of frayos
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2009 release bomber in a tulip glass.

imo the standard by which IRS beer should be measured against. It's dark, the scent comes through with a hearty chocolate aroma, taste even better, feels right and drinks way too well for a 10% abv beer.

I got nothing to add that hasn't been said before. 6 months did wonders for this epic beer.

I am sure another 6 months would do wonders I can not fathom. so buy one to enjoy and then stick one away for later. don't miss out.

frayos, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of muskabeatz
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2009 Release, 22 ounce bomber.

A- Pours extremely thick. Pitch black with a thick, brown, two-finger head that dissipates a bit quickly. Does leave a nice lacing on the glass, however.

S- Big bold aroma filled with rich malt sweetness, roasted malts, some dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol.

T- Once again, huge and aggressive. Big sweetness up front, with a bit of a caramel/molasses twinge. Gives way to the presence of dark cherries, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor coming through as well. Alcohol is very mild as far as taste goes, especially for how much is in the brew. One does notice the warming feeling that the alcohol provides.

M- Nice subtle wave of carbonation. Thick and a bit creamy, but still very smooth; nothing overkill in my opinion.

D- Definitely a sipper of a beer. Taste, mouthfeel, and virtually everything about this beer is excellent, but I can really only take so much of it. This is a big beer that deserves respect.

muskabeatz, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip

A: Black as night. One finger khaki head. Subsides to a nice layer of foam on top. Very nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted espresso malts. Some slight hop presence as well.

T: Vanilla bourbon, dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso beans, and some alcohol spice. Also, there's a bit of hops under it all if you pay attention.

M: Pretty viscous. Nicely carbonated. Creamy. Alcohol warmth going down.

D: Very good for the abv.

billshmeinke, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of m1ked
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up an 08 bomber at New Beer Distributors, less than $6!

A- This pours a thick black liquid with a dense sandy mocha head at 2 fingers. Slowly but surely shrinks downs to a this skimming, with brief lacing. When swirled around, a thin layer clings to the glass, appearing somewhat viscous. When held up to the light, a dark mahogany thin edge....otherwise...darkness...darker than the center of your eye.

S- Deep rich balanced mixture cocoa nibs, coffee, bourbon soaked wood, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla. All the while with a fair amount of booziness invigorating my nostrils. This smells so good, there does not seem to be one dominant scent, but all mingled together perfectly.

T- Like the nose, great blend of flavors. I get bitter chocolate, cocoa & bittersweet dark choclate & vanilla...with the borbon soakwd wood flavor lingering to the end with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Full, thick, heavy, chewy. Low but consistent carbonation. Quite viscous and leaves a layer on your tongue.

D- For me, this is my measuring stick for Russian Imp Stouts. This has great aromas and rich flavor. This gets better with some age on it. Great after dinner drink.

m1ked, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger of tan head that demonstrates good retention. This brew is pitch black ad lets absolutely no light in. Foamy lacing slides down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, coffee beans, and dark chocolate. A fair amount of booze is also detectable in the nose, along with (surprisingly) some vanilla. A nice, complex aroma.

T: Vanilla, dark chocolate, and some dark fruit up front - pretty sweet. The finish turns bitter with lots of coffee and espresso becoming dominant. It's cool how the flavor transitions like this. Quite complex and enjoyable. Reminded me a little of a bourbon barrel aged stout, just without the strong bourbon flavor.

M: Full bodied and pretty thick, but very smooth at the same time. Alcohol is hidden very well. Again, this reminded me a little of a bourbon aged stout.

D: A great drinking RIS, one of the better ones out there. At 10.5% alcohol you won't be drinking a lot of this at once, but you'll want to!

MrDanno96, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It says it was bottled sometime in the Spring of 2009.

(A)- Pours a thick dark as night black color that produced an immense light brown fluffy head that slowly cascaded down to a light layer after a minute or so.

(S)- Roasted coffee with lots of brown sugar & toffee sweetness. Some burnt molasses & raisin nuances.

(T)- Wow, great depth of flavor. A dense breadiness with black coffee, molasses and a silky brown sugar & caramel sweetness that is delicate but pronounced. Finishes slightly dry; only a bit of bitterness from the roasted coffee characteristic.

(M)- Great carbonation level and balance that is only surpassed by its surprising smoothness. A fantastic alcohol integration; 10.5% abv? It sure doesnt feel like that much! Only has a minor warming sensation as you swallow. It feels very thick in the mouth, but not going down.

(D)- A fantastic RIS that defines the style. I can only imagine how additional age will continue to transform this. It tastes superb now, but has the stuffing & body to continue on. Definitely a well-made stout. Perhaps one of the best Russians I have had the pleasure to drink; stock up on lots of this! Very surprised how drinkable this is. The alcohol does catch up with you later on though. It even has a very reasonable price to boot!

sweemzander, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of BTPete
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2009 22oz bottle split to two pint glasses.

A: Pitch black. Once inch dark brown head. This one was more active than other recent imp stouts.

S: Roasted malt character. A little alcohol and a little hop in there. I like a little hop in my imp stout so this is enjoyable.

T: Smooth up front followed by a considerable burn. Not terrible but it's certainly there. The roasted malt comes through in the middle before the burn.

M: Active for an imp stout, I like the carbonation. Full bodied.

D: Enjoyable but it's a sipper right now. Just the high ABV and the burn made me lower the drinkability of it.

BTPete, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2008 bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head is mocha-colored and fairly sticky, though leaves little to no lacing. Pour is extremely dark black-brown and lets no light through.

S - Smells of light coffee and sweet alcohol with dark roasted malts

T - Sweet toasty malts with faints hints of alcohol, bold hop flavor that is more complimentary to the malt than it is bitter or spicy. Currants also present. The finish is very drawn out, originally carries on the sweet toasty flavor of the body but ends up tasting like mildly bitter burnt coffee.

M - Heavy, yet slick. Chewy, yet well-carbonated to keep the effect balanced.

D - The ultimate stout-sipper's beer. It'll keep you warm and feeling full, but is not at all overbearing. Nonetheless, a single bomber will do you in for the night.

deruiz10, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!!! Spring 2008 Release Drank December 2009

Pours a dense black color with no light coming in anywhere in the glass. The head is light brown/dark tan - about an inch to start and average retention for a beer this strong (10.8% abv on the bottle). Ladder like lacing all around the glass.

Smell is strong and very pleasant. Malty, slightly sweet and a little chocolate.

Taste is excellent. Malty, caramel, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla with exactly the right amount of alcohol to warm you up and cut any sweetness. None of the flavors are out of balance.

Mouthfeel is one of the best parts. All these flavors blend into an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. The vanilla and alcohol give it a little bite and the alcohol contributes to a warming effect. The first sip seemed a hair thin but that work out after a few sips.

Drinkability is very good. I am just finishing up the bomber and could probably enjoy another 12 oz. before oblivion starts to kick in. I don't know why I kept this one out of the rotation so long, but the bit of aging was probably a good idea. If I get another bottle it won't last that long.

JayQue, Dec 06, 2009
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,066 ratings.