Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 7,299
Reviews: 2,602
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,645 | FT: 94
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mbudner
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2009 release. Poured from bomber into snifter.

A-Pours a viscous black with a fluffy 1-finger tan head that dissipates in a few minutes leaving only a slight film over the surface. Slightly syrupy lacing/legs left when swirled

S- Tobacco (heavy), molasses, caramel, chocolate, slight bitterness of the roasted malts, a bit of booze, but not much

T- Bitter chocolate upfront, leather, boozier than nose had me believe, but not overwhelming, whole-leaf tobacco, slight charred flavor. The bitterness really subsides as it warms giving way to more mellow, sweeter flavors. Maybe a very, very, very slight soy-sauce flavor (a little early for oxidation, but I do not know what condition the bottle was kept in, picked it up off of shelf at Whole Foods last week, so potential for 6+ months of increased temp. speeding up aging...very welcome at this point)

M- Definitely a good mouthfeel, but maybe tiny but too thin very slight over-carbonation (I'm just being nit-picky, really). Those are the 2 factors that keep the mouthfeel lower than it might otherwise be.

D- Goes back easy for a RIS. I drank a bomber by myself w/o problem. Overall a great beer and probably the best accessible RIS in America (also, one of the best overall).

Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a deep dark brown forming a 1 inch mocha colored head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts dominate the nose along with a good coffee smell throughout. Noticeable hints of vanilla and alcohol.

T - Stroang roasted malts dominate the palate along with a good amount of bitter cocoa and a hint of chocolate. Light hint of vanilla along with a slightly noticeable alcohol presence in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D - Huge complex flavor with a good body. A bit boozey from the alcohol content and presence. Definitely a sipping beer but extremely enjoyable. My favorite beer from Stone!!!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Fridged at approx 35 degrees for two months, allowed to come to room temp over about 45 minutes
VINTAGE: 2004 (Cellared for 5+ years, by Stone)

This pours black, with a nice touch of dark brown, around the ring of the glass, when backlit. About half a finger of dark brown foam forms the head, which dissipates rather quickly. It leaves a minimal swirl on the surface and rings the surface edge around the glass. Lacing is in tiny little spots, which are plentiful and sticky.

I get no sense of alcohol or hops, but I do get tons of chocolate presence. Loads of milk chocolate, high-end dark chocolate, chocolate milk, and even some light notes of bakers chocolate. Mild traces of dark roasted coffee beans. Good hints of brown sugar, a roasted nuttiness, and dark fruits, especially black cherries.

The taste follows the nose, with a whole ton of chocolate presence. The milk chocolate still dominates, but the dark chocolates are definitely here, also. Good toasted nut flavor. Mild dark fruit sweetness combines with roasted malt notes. A touch of brown sugars, both dark and golden. The back-end gets a mild touch of espresso roast, almost bitter, but it is balanced by light notes of vanilla and caramel. There is a very mild smokiness, laying over the whole thing.

This is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It goes down smooth and silky, with a light touch of creaminess.
Beautiful.

Okay, I'm unsure what the actual alcohol content is, on this one. I've seen the IRS as low as 9.4% and as high as 10.5%. We'll just assume that it's in that range. Despite the fact that I can feel it's effects, I can't taste it at all. This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. While this is delicious, at just over 5 years old, I think it still has potential to go for a few more years.
This is surely not my absolute favorite Stout, but it's probably a top 10 entry. I'll have to get some bottles to do aging experiments with.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours a pure dark black colour with caramael 2 fingers foam. Taste is of dark malts with a hint of coffee with hops. This is quite drinkable and a decent stout overall. Still not at the top of my list, but its pretty good. No hint of the abv% at all. Very good beer overall, and glad I got to try this one.

Picked up a Limited 2010 spring release last summer. Decided to crack this open with a bit of age on it. Its still a little hot initially, but the roasted espresso/chocolate flavours come through in the finish. I hope to grab another bottle sometime so I can sit on it for a couple more years.

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black vody with a one-finger head that leaves a lace ring fown glass. A great roasted malt smell with some minor sweetness. Extremely smooth and creamy when it first hits my tongue with a burnt chocolate edge alonst with caramel and I think hints of vanilla/molasses. Roasted and coffee malts are pretty abundant in this beer and it finishes dry but a little sweeter than I thought. Smooths as it warms and is a little stickiness that is great as well; ABV only serves to complement beer and this is a sipper you take your time to enjoy.

Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Stone Russian Imperial Stout pours into a chalice the color of a Coke, with little or no head.

S - The smell is nutty, roasted malts, alcohol and coffee.

T - The taste begins with some sweet roasted malts and transitions to a coffee finish. Hints of semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol are also present.

M - The mouthfeel is medium/heavy, with a creamy carbonation. This baby is smooth!

D - Be careful. The 10.5% alcohol is expertly hidden. This is an extremely drinkable brew, a perfect blend of bitter and sweet; another superb offering from Stone.

Photo of cleeze
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. This puppy's got a year on her.

Pours a bit like engine oil, viscous and black with a medium frothy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolates, roasted barley, java and a bit of alcohol. Initial flavor has a noticeably roasty profile with some malty sweetness, caramel flavor and residual sugars. The bitterness really comes through in the end with a bit of a charred taste. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, but not as creamy as some imperial stouts. The finish is long, dry and bitter, like a good relationship gone south. Possibly Stone's finest offering.

Photo of yuriruley
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Looks great, black as night with a nice caramel tan head that hangs on the whole time.

Smell - malts, chocolate and soy sauce smell.

Taste - roasted flavor with a little bitterness and that soy sauce smell I was tasting. Some warmth from the alcohol, but not much.

mouthfeel - rich and creamy, good carbonation.

Drink - Was a slower drink for me, granted it was a 22oz bomber. I'd rather have a 12oz bottle of this stuff.

Overall pretty solid beer. Wish the flavor was a little more balanced. I'd buy it again if it came in a smaller bottle probably. But for the price and drinkability I'd rather buy two 12oz bottles of old rasputin or yeti.

Photo of jsapunor
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil into the glass. Hold it up to the light and suddenly there is no light. This is one black hole of a beer. The head is tan, thick and rich.

The nose is full of malt, chocolate fudge, caramel and coffee with a hint of the alcohol lurking beneath all the rest.

What a wonderful silky mouthfeel! This is so smooth and inviting it invites you to keep going long after good sense would tell you to stop.

This is heaven in a glass! Stone has brewed an incredible blend of chocolate, espresso, malt and molasses. The alcohol is hidden amongst all the rest of the flavors, no mean feat given the ABV.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is everything it ought to be and much much more. More of these will be coming home all winter long.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber

A: Dark black with tan colored head. Head was not significant.

S: Burnt coffee beans, bread undertones, a little bit of chocolate on the nose.

T: Wow - very stong. Bitter burnt coffee beans. Heat present from the alcohol. This is almost too much for me. A RIS is supposed to be a Big Boy, but I think Stone took it a bit too far.

M: Very rich, creamy.

D: Definitely felt the alcohol after I polished off the bomber. Not very drinkable, yet Stone doesn't intend this to be a sessionable beer.

Photo of Gorillaz
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black with a rich chocolate colored head; Head lingered in a snifter for a quiet a long time (not recommended, however it concentrated the nose quite a bit)..Definitely worth the wait as the head calmed

S: Strong note of alcohol and coffee; initial sour note followed by a long dark chocolate/coffee scent

T/M: Not for the first time stout drinker. Almost bitter at first, then followed up by a rich dark chocolate feel similar to the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (similar, not the same) of the same brewery.

D: To be enjoyed slowly. Not the kind of brew to be had every day, but definitely one that can serve as a proper nightcap to close out a long and stressful day.

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/22/09

A: This beer pours a jet black opaque, ink color with virtually no head it it. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is of a healthy dose of alcohol, roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, and toffee.

T: Taste is very sweet toffee, and caramel up front. Some toasted and roasted malts with a hint of molasses lingering in, fill out the middle. The finish on this beer is of chocolate, a touch of smokiness, and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy body with a clean finish.

D: Alcohol is quite prevalent, dips on the drinkability, however a tasty beer that regardless of alcohol goes down quite smooth and finishes nicely.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limited Spring 2009 Release...

Appearance: A vigorous pour yields an opaque midnight black liquid with a finger and a half of caramel colored head consisting of large and small bubbles tightly packed together. Overall head retention is pretty solid, slowly dissipating to a nice ring around the glass, and the beer itself looks wonderfully ominous. Not a sliver of light escapes around the edges of the glass.

Smell: This is one of the best smelling RIS's that I've had in quite a while. The bready, toasted malts are big and bold at the front of this beer. There's sweet chocolate combined with roasted vanilla and a smoky caramel scent as well. The toasted grains though are out of this world. It's almost as if someone took a handful of grains from a field, toasted them on an open fire, and then let them soak overnight in the brew. Awesome!

Taste: The initial sip screamed at me that this is a big beer! The booziness is present and not as subtle as I was expecting, but then again, this is a Stone specialty. Initial flavors are sweet and resemble the expected chocolate, vanilla, and toffee notes I picked up from the nose. The aftertaste is all coffee and roasted goodness.

Mouthfeel: This RIS isn't quite as thick or as heavy as I expected. It's a very smooth feeling beer, but the big-ness of the beer also makes it a bit astringent on the tongue. The carbonation is almost perfect, but then again, I've been sitting on this beer for 7-8 months. The alcohol burns a little on its journey down my throat, but the warming qualities are definitely welcome on a chilly fall evening.

Drinkability: This is a very solid RIS. It's definitely a sipper. I can't see having multiple bombers in an evening, and I wouldn't really want to. This bomber will be enjoyed for the remainder of tonight, and that's exactly what I want from this beer. It's a big beer, and it lets you know that, but then again, you knew what you signed up for when you bought a beer from Stone with "Imperial" somewhere on the label.

Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into 8oz glass.

A - Pitch black like coffee, completely non-transparent. Huge head that leaves a significant lacing throughout the glass while you're drinking this beer.

S - Malt with chocolate and coffee.

T - Very complex malt taste with dark bitter chocolate and hints of coffee.

M - Full bodied, creamy with tons of carbonation.

D - This beer is definitely a sipper but the aroma and taste are so exceptional that you cannot resist having another one ... or two.

Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a totally opaque black color with a collar of dark brown bubbles. Sparse islands of brown bubbles sit on the surface.

S - Rich and deep aromas - lots of coffee, dark chocolate/bakers chocolate, some licorice, a touch of molasses. Maybe a touch of alcohol in the nose. Not getting any hops in here. Really good smelling RIS.

T - Very nicely balanced. Lots of coffee and dark roasted malts. Licorice is there in the background. Definitely not a sweet RIS, balanced toward the bitter side. Quite nice. Very smooth and rich.

M - Thick and chewy. Feels very slick and oily on the tongue. Carbonation is on the lower side, but enough to give some life and a light tingle on the tongue.

D - For RIS's this one sets the standard for drinkability. Very smooth - no hotness from the alcohol. Everything is balanced really well. Complex and filled with roasty flavors and aromas. Very, very good.

Photo of BDJake
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- completely black= makes Wesley Snipes look white, and with a finger of brown head leaving constant lacing at every sip

S- bitter coffee, bourbon notes, and dark malts in the very first whiff

T- first it's very dark coffee, then bourbon, molasses and dark fruitiness accompanied by the presence of dark malts and even some hoppiness, for which no Stone brew could go without

M- pretty thick, warming, and not overly carbonated- hides the booze fairly well

D- for the style, it's excellent- but still a sipper by most accounts, but with such a great beer that's not a bad thing at all

Keep in mind, this review was donbe AFTER downing an Older Viscosity and a 90 Min, so even in a drunken state this beer will still knock your dick in the dirt.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DeaconBluez for sending me a bottle of this. Thankfully (you'll see why in a second...) I purchased a second bottle of this in Hudson, WI the other weekend.

The first bottle I opened (not sure if it was DeaconBluez or not) was definitely infected. I was really pissed off, because I so looked forward to having this beer and holding on to one, but now I had to open my second bottle to make sure I wasn't crazy. The first bottle tasted and smelled like it was brewed with Brett, no qualities of a RIS anywhere, so I took a few sips to confirm my fears, and drain poured it. This review is reflected solely upon the second, non-infected bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass, this is thick and rich deep black with a nice two finger brown head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing all over the glass. One of my favorite qualities in a beer is when the lacing leaves clear lines of where your previous levels of liquid were, and this one is one of the best.

The nose is roasted malts, bitter coffee, even some subtle hop characteristics left over from this past spring. Very characteristic of a quality Russian Imperial Stout. It's subtle, and not over the top, but very complex and enticing. Good stuff. Oh, yeah...one more thing. Alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found, which is more than impressive for a brew north of 10% abv.

The taste is just what the doctor ordered. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee, subtle earthy hops, dark fruits and just the subtlest hint of alcohol. This is tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is near perfection. Creamy and smooth, thick and rich. This is everything a Russian Imperial Stout should be and much more. It's like liquid gold. Drinkability is great, I can't imagine a better drinking 10%+ ABV RIS.

Overall, a great brew. I would have been extremely pissed if I didn't have two bottles of this, as the first one was horribly infected. Thankfully the second bottle put my fears aside and I can't wait to have more of this.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,299 ratings.