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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,662 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,662
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 484
Gots: 1,419 | FT: 79
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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danielocean03

Indiana

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber marked "Limited Spring 2006 Release". Pours an opaque obsidian black with a thin finger mocha-beige head that slowly fades to light sticky lacing that coats the glass. Aroma is rich with a coffee roastiness, sweet malts, alcohol, bitter unsweetened chocolate. Taste is even richer than the nose lets on, hitting straight off the bat with an enormous malty sweetness that turns to roasty malt and coffee before leading off into the rich chocolate and alcohol finish. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste, dry bitter roastiness paired with some warm alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, viscosity similar to used motor oil, slick and slippery on the tongue. Lower levels of carbonation, pairs well with the characteristics of the beer. Drinkability is excellent despite the higher abv, which is hidden well, only hinted at slightly in the nose and in the aftertaste. Rock solid beer, very good and true to the style, satisfying and indulgent. Perfect relaxing finish to a long day in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:24:50 | More by danielocean03
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dwarvenspirits

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This was the 2005 limited early summer release editon of this beer.

KAA-POW! That's the first thing that came to my mind, then "WOW!" This beer is a one beer per night drink. Definitely sip this monster beer because it's so thick and syrupy that you can only sip it. The worst part about this beer was the overpowering taste of alcohol. You can smell it when you pour it when you drink it, even when it's just sitting there. This definitely needs another year or two to age just to mellow out the alcohol in it. The color is rich and black and there is a roasted smell with the complements of coffee. The flavor is chocolate, at least what I could tell throught the hot alcohol flavor. Drinking this beer is like putting vodka in a stout and ruining the flavors of the stout. And I also think this definitely needs more hops added to it for bitterness just to balance out the sweet malty taste of it and the incredible alcohol flavor. I was really disappointed with this beer. The Stone Ruination IPA was fantastic but this RIS is horrible.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 18:26:54 | More by dwarvenspirits
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cbl2

New York

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

7/30/2005 $5.00 22 oz. 10.80% Limited Early Summer 2005 Release.

Appearance:

Pours a thick inky black with fine carbonation leading to a very thin dark tan head that settles rapidly, and laces the glass.

Aroma:

Chocolate and licorices come to mind with sweet marshmallow undertones and a touch of spicy chicory root as well as some soy/worchestershire sauce.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Extremely full bodied and complex, with some burnt coffee grounds up front coupled with an intense chocolate sweetness. A little harsh midsip, showing it's youth. This will age wonderfully. Plum like chewiness towards the end, excellent ripe fruit characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 14:40:14 | More by cbl2
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark, and totally opaque black, with a small but frothy and loose dark tan head.

The aroma is a very interesting mix of licorice, coffee, chocolate, and roast malts, with subtle hints of black currant and citrusy hops sneaking in as well. This may be the most complex smelling beer I've ever experienced. I had to sniff for awhile, leave it, come back and try it again in a cycle that repeated at least three times. Each time, I think I picked up something that wasn't there the time previously. There's a whole lot going on in here. After smelling it, I can't wait to taste it, and isn't that what a beer's aroma is supposed to be all about?

As complex as the aroma is, it doesn't hold a candle to the multitude of tastes that hit your tongue on first sip. This is simply a "wow" experience. There are flavors of chicory, dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark berries, roasted malts, black licorice... just amazing. Even more amazing is the fact these tastes don't come at you in succession. Rather, they all jump out at you right up front, with the "hey look at me" attitude of a child in a talent show, and they don't let up until the end. Even then, those tastes only seem to finally be subdued by the long, lingering bitterness that goes on and on. This is just an amazing flavor, if I can use the word "amazing" again. The only thing that kept me from giving this a perfect "5" in the taste department was the very prevalent alcohol. That will no doubt meld into the rest of the flavors with age. Unfortunately, I'm out of this brew, and it's a tough trick for me to get more here in Kansas.

The mouthfeel to this one is thick, rich, and given it's a RIS, wonderfully appropriate.

Overall, this is a great beer. It's not a guzzler, by any means, and anyone calling this a session beer is a liar. But for what it is, it's done extremely well. I wish I had bought more, so I could cellar this and see how it changes over the course of a year or so. Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 03:53:26 | More by jokelahoma
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peabody

Kentucky

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

This has to be the best beer I have ever tasted. When you pour the stuff out into the glass, you are thinking, motor oil. It has a dark head that goes away quickly. The smells hit your nose and the flavors are many and pronounced.
This was a 2005 bottle and I understand that it needs a year or two to gain its full potential. Liked it so much I bought a case of the 2006. Stone has some great beers and this one has to be the better of the batch.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 03:49:41 | More by peabody
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stodbrew

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass a rich, dark black color. No light getting through this beer. Had a briefly lasting tan head that settled to a pretty thin cap in no time at all.

Aroma is of chocolate, roastiness, some coffee, licorice and a fair amount of soy sauce.

Taste is of more of the same as the aroma. A bit on the sweet side, with a fair amount of alcohol heat coming through. More soy sauce, as well.

Mouthfeel is great, however. Its full and well rounded.

Overall, I've not been terribly impressed with this beer. Its good, and I'll drink another after it has some age on it, but not really among my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 03:58:17 | More by stodbrew
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FlyFisher2782

California

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

Pours very dark but I couldn't get much head out of the initial pour.

This is without a doubt the heaviest brew I have ever consumed. It pours like a milkshake.

The malts are toasted to peak darkness but there is no burnt or smoky flavor here, pure dark coffee and chocolates come through while entering a slight bit of fruitiness before the slightly spicy finish.

When I first poured it, I could smell the heavy alcohol content, but drinking it revealed its true prowess... this is a SMOOTH brew, it does not drink like a 10+ % alcohol beer at all... in fact I could barely discern any alcohol.
Ridiculously drinkable. Smooth. A very filling Brew.

Another job well done by Stone Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:41:43 | More by FlyFisher2782
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- black as night with a tan head, light carbination and some nice lacing of the glass

S- very nice coffee malt alcohol, wioth some chocolate undertones

T- far far out of whack, too young needs some years under the belt. Some malt then big overpowing alcohol. Burns a bit going down, warms you up. But a wiskey like burn from a stout, not a good thing

M- balanced feels like a stout, again to much alcohol

D- unfinishable, way to much alcohol in the mouth for this beer to be anyway near refreshing. Some complexity sure but the heavy alcohol taste takes over.

Notes- this is the second of stone's offerings I have tried (VE 6 06.06) in recent days. Both seem to have tons of potential with age, but are to overpowering young. If I buy stone again it will be years before i drink it.

Big and bold, but to much of a good thing

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:28:40 | More by mcarroll10177
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, at this point we're hanging on by a thread. The line-up of the Madison Big Stout Session has been insane but we've got one to go on courtesy of DaPeculierDane. Deep breath...and here we go.

Pour: Black hole black, nothing escapes under a minimal skim of coffee cream head.

Nose: oatmeal grain/malt, milk chocolate, lactose and caramel sugar.

Taste: Coffee, toffee, vanilla/caramel cream, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of lactose milkiness and booze in the finish.

Feel: boozy thin to medium body, smooth, smooth, smooth

Drinkability/Overall: Mad drinkable for almost 11%, impeccable balance between sweet caramels and toffees and bitter coffees and chocolates and grainy malts. A great cap on a knockdown, dragout night of extreme beer drinking. Cheers, boys.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:39:10 | More by Golden2wenty1
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

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

What a great beer for review 100 - thanks to DaPeculierDane for this one...

Appearance: Black, with a 1/2 inch cappucino head. Doesn't leave much by way of lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Spectacular nose - chocolate, with port notes, raisins, blood plums and green apple skins. A little molasses.

Taste: Wonderfully understated for the style and the level of complexity. Mild chocolate, with cocoa, lactic sours. A little booze on the tongue, but balanced by back palate nuttiness until the slightly vegetal aftertaste. Fruit developments, predominantly raisins, with bursts of brown sugar. Simply fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in the mouth with a wonderfully dry finish. Low, constant carbonation.

Drinkability: Spectacular - completely drinkable despite a heavy complex flavor and a high ABV. Body carries this brilliantly. One hell of a beer - fantastic whether judged according to style, to flavor, or to sheer drinkability. Thanks again, Dane, for one of the nicest beers I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:23:28 | More by expatsteve
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MLegendre

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet black and very thick, can't see through the glass whatsoever. Unfortunatly even with a hard pour I could only get a very thin tan head that disapeared as soon as it appeared. Very little lacing.

S: Very strong smell of dark fruits and hints of roasted malt and soy sause. The sweet fruit smell is dominant.

T: The super sweet malt hits first reminding me a bit of North Coast's Old Stock, then comes roasted espresso like flavors in the finish. Aftertate is bitter like coffee. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. I was hoping that the roasted flavors would be more dominant then they were.

M: Very thick and creamy. More carbonation than I thought there would be (a good thing). Goes down very smooth for something so heavy.

D: Though it was very good, it's not something I could drink horribly often, but something I would love to have again. This is definitly a sipper, I even shared my 22 and still had a hard time finishing it. Not because I didn't like it, but because it's so rich and heavy. a bomber of this goes a long way.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:34:41 | More by MLegendre
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veggiemafia

Pennsylvania

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

I've reviewed the 04 and 05 previously, so this is my most-reviewed beer. Charting the differences has been kind of fun.

Appearance is similar to both of the previous years, if I remember. Jet freakin' black with a substantial tan head and good retention for the style.

Smell is extremely fruity, plums and raisins, with a good amount of espresso in there, as well. Quite boozy when the beer is this young, though, which is why it didn't get a 4.5 or 5.

Taste is more of the same, with a fairly hot alcohol presence. Still very nice, with an intense sweetness that's balanced with an earthy hop and a dark roast coffee/espresso.

Mouthfeel is velvety, creamy and luscious.

Drinkability kind of suffers because of the alcohol hotness and the overall booziness of this one. Still not nearly as boozy as Weyerbacher Heresy, and Heresy is only 8% abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 03:17:29 | More by veggiemafia
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idResponse

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An onyx brew that sucks everything else in the room away and leaves you purely focused on the beer and nothing but the beer. The smell then leaves you begging to taste what you know you are expecting. You are smelling the expectation of something so dark, so smooth so rich, yet so mellow that you could swill this stuff down faster than water itself. You finally take a swig and it tastes like a full compliment of laughing licorice soldiers with ginger helmets and their complimentary cavalry of mellow spice horses thundering across the plains of your tounge, You are forced to put more in your mouth uncontrollably. Once you begin to consume you will not wish to stop. Most excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 16:47:02 | More by idResponse
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2005 Release served at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown viscous liquid with ruby highlights... absolutely stunning color. Thick even on the eyes, the tan head emerges and peaks at almost two fingers. Bubbles randomly pop and fizzle into submission over several minutes.

Smell- A generous, full aroma showcases chocolate, some molasses, and black currants quite well. Heavy and really, really huge... the fruit notes here are much more pronounced compared to every other beer of this style I've tried... save for Dark Lord last year. Awesome and damn impressive.

Taste- Rich, fruity notes of black currants blend seamlessly with the roasty character of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol presence is felt not only in the warmth throughout the body, but certainly in the back end of the tongue during and after the swallow. Bold and decadent... a gargantuan example of a RIS.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thick and creamy in the mouth... the carbonation is rightfully downplayed in favor of a smooth, slick, viscous experience. I'm savoring each sip, this will take you down if you're not careful. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 02:19:27 | More by yelterdow
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mithrascruor

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown/black color, and seems like you're pouring chocolate sauce. Looks completely black in the glass and has a small tannish-brown head that turns into a film fairly quick.

Smell: Has most all the smells that you might find in a dark beer: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, etc. The overall smell is a bit like a mocha. Maybe a tad overkill, though.

Taste: Very heavy on the malts, with the coffee and chocolate kicking in shortly thereafter. The alcohol is rather apparent at times as well. Somewhat bitter in the aftertaste -- more of a coffee bitterness than a hoppy one.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied and very smooth, with a light bit of tingling. Light burning of alcohol too.

Drinkability: Very high alcohol content (which I don't personally find bothersome), but it's the distinct taste of the alcohol makes it difficult to drink.

One of the better beers I've tried from Stone Brewing Co. This one is over the top as usual, but not as much as the others. The flavor itself is quite good, but it seems as if they dumped some grain alcohol in during bottling. I like to feel alcohol in a beer, but not taste it. This has the distinct taste of hard alcohol -- while I don't mind the taste & feel, I personally don't think that it belongs in a beer. An interesting beer with some major strong points and worth trying, but overall... a novelty.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 04:09:44 | More by mithrascruor
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badbeer

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Edition, poured into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

Black color, dark brown head that quickly dissipated, I didn't get the head the picture shows, but maybe my glass was dirty. Smell is very nice. Full of chocolate, dark fruit, piney hops, coffee, and I think some oak was present. Taste doesn't let down either, chocolate in the beginning, coffee stepping in before a dry vanilla oak finish. Mouthfeel had great carbonation and was full bodied, heavy on the tongue. Very good beer, I wish I had easier access to it, but it's worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 04:01:42 | More by badbeer
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surfmanjim

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really looked forward to this beer, after hearing so much about it. It poured absolutely pitch black into a snifter and the light from my halogen desk lamp did not even penetrate it, which was impressive. It had a very small tan head and left very little lacing. The smell of baking chocolate and roasted coffee beans predominated, with the taste being of bitter chocolate and espresso. There was very little carbonation and the mouth feel was at the same time heavy and silky, with very lttle carbonation. This is definitely the type of beer that one sips like a fine cognac.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 23:52:53 | More by surfmanjim
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's get straight to the point on this one. It's an amazing beer, but I don't think it's worthy of #3 on Best of BA. Pours black with light brown head and smells a bit sherry-like, chocolatey brandy maybe with a bit of alcohol. The roasted flavors really came our in the flavor. Chocolate, burnt coffe, espresso, more chocolate, and warming alcohol; quite tasty and it really lingers. It has a nice thick mouthfeel, but it took me a while to get through maybe 5-6 oz. I'd call it a great beer, but not an epic.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 17:44:04 | More by tempest
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited Spring 2006 Release. I planned on saving it for at least the fall, but I could resist no longer. I used a pint glass. It's viscous. It's opaque black with a creamy, sticky mocha head. It looks formidable.

Complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts. And alcohol. Other stuff I'm not too sure of. Dark fruit? Black cherries?

Take a few sips and... oh yeah. It's Imperial, all right. At first, I'm thinking bitter chocolate, or coffee without sugar. Keep drinking and more levels of flavor are revealed to you. On the back of the bottle they mention anise and black currants. I will admit, I don't know what those things are. That's why we have Wikipedia:

"Roasting enhances the flavor of anise... also used in anise-flavored liqueurs (such as raki, arak and ouzo) and is the dominant ingredient used in the infamous and sometimes-banned liquor absinthe. It is also used in soft drinks such as root beer."

"Blackcurrants have a very sweet and sharp taste. They are made into jelly, jam, juice, ice cream, cordial and liqueur. In the UK, Europe and Commonwealth countries, some types of confectionery include a blackcurrant flavour, but this is generally missing in the United States, even within the same brand. Instead grape flavour in candy (including grape jelly) almost mirrors the use of blackcurrant in both its ubiquity in the USA, and its rarity on the eastern side of the Atlantic."

Now I know. And now that I think of it, another flavor comes to mind: licorice. Black licorice.

"It should be noted, though, that in most of these [licorice] candies the taste is reinforced by aniseed oil..."

Now I know. I am that much more intelligent and that much more numb after drinking this beer. Yes, it's a sipper. A philosophical sipper. Do not gulp. The alcohol is quite obvious, but it does not detract from the overall flavor profile.

I am nourished, Stone Brewing Company. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 01:52:01 | More by edskirk3
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

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

Man this is a great beer! Saw some at the store and bought the last four bottles they had. The head is light brown and thick, takes a bit to clear up. The taste is heavy stout all the way but I could definately taste the alcohol. Not too big on stouts but love this one. Goes great with a steak! One of my overall favorite beers! Hits you something fierce, don't mess around with this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 03:45:22 | More by TheBeerWolf
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chelovek

California

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

It pours like crude oil but looks like black gold to me. The head forms to a nice almost purple-ish hue. Smells like a chocolate coffee and slight alcohol. The taste kicks the crap out of my tongue, with delightfulness of course, bringing to light the smell that was heaved in but plum and raisens crept in to my surprise. Mouthfeel is fantabulous. Yes I just used that word but if you try the damn beer you will see what I mean. The Alcohol, though apparent in the smell, is masked well considering 10.8 %. I think last years offering is a little better but the 2006 early summer release is yet another supurb offering by Stone. An imperial stout that is hard to match.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 22:03:07 | More by chelovek
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Gregorious

California

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

Heard some good things, so I figured I'd go see for myself....
Bottle opened and poured into awaiting chalice...

Paired with seared steak served over lentils with some Dijon mustard...

A - Even the dark knight of gotham city wasn't this dark. Nice rich head that made a very enticing sound as the bubbles dissipated. Could see hues of auburn and gold when swirling around the glass.

S - Pleasant enough to simply smell. A very blended mature smell that reminded me of cloves, charcoal, oak, coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruit...oh and a little sharp alcohol at the end.

T - Extremely pleasant. Stouts are not even my favorite type of beer and this baby just put a smile on my face. The flavor was not overwhelmed by the "take-no-crap" 10.8%. A soothing "roasty toasty" warm malt flavor covers the tongue, only to be woken up quickly by an alcohol bite.

M - Simply pleasant and warm...makes you feel as if you're at your grandma's warming your feet by the fire.

D - In one word....scary. In two, scary and delicious!
I finished a whole bottle of this in an afternoon ofcourse..not noticing that this baby is a whopping 10.8%. After my meal and pouring the last remnants into my gullet, my footing wavered and made me wonder "What the hell is in this stuff?" Upon seeing the 10.8%...with a serious face I quietly walked into my bedroom and took a nap.

Very good *sneaky* beer...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 14:59:14 | More by Gregorious
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It reminds me a lot of Avery's The Czar.

It actually reminds me a lot of Celebrator. It's got the deep, dark fruit flavours that make Doppelbocks so wonderful -- plums and raisins, most raisins really. This is counterbalanced by a light, powdery 'darkness' that ephemeral bitterness that roasted barley can contribute when used in just the right balance.

As it warms, the alcohol definately becomes more biting. I would say that is really the only flaw with this beer. That, and the hopiness seems to be fighting with the roasted barley. The two, very different kinds of bitterness are really fighting for attention here. It's more like two spoiled brats rather than a heavyweight champion fight.

Yeah, this beer definately does not benefit from warming. Ironic, it is usually the reverse.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 17:42:06 | More by shbobdb
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the thickest, darkest beer I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling; pours an oily, opaque black with a rich brown head that EVENTUALLY reduces to a heavy, sprawling lace. The earthy aroma features mainly coffee and chocolate. The robust and very complex palate includes a variety of roasted and burnt flavors such as coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt grain, as well as some dark rum notes and some distinct hints of dark fruit (raisins, plum, etc). The rich, lingering finish has a satisfying burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is very thick with mildly active carbonation.

What a great Imperial stout: rich, thick with very nice burnt flavors and a great overall complexity. The alcohol is well hidden, barely detectable considering the nearly 11% ABV. It’s not quite as good as in years past, but honestly, the difference is so minimal that it could be my taste buds numbing down or my palate becoming more “demanding.” In any event, it’s still very good and entirely satisfying. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 03:49:46 | More by arguemaniac
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bomber(S) bottle 2006 spring release.Updated with Spring 2008.

Very thick black color, Totally opaque...are you kidding?Light? No, we're on the darkside here folks! dark-macha brown head, medium in size, stuck around as long as I had the beer in the glass. Dense and thick, reminds me very much of the 30 year old Courage IRS, but even thicker.

The nose is bold and very aromatic: Deep, rich baker's Chocolate, honey roasted almonds,Subtle, rich ground coffee, Great balance of aroma's, with a tremendous balance of peppery, earthy hops.

Many of the top-rated RIS cannot boast about a sublime balance, this one achieves a very high degree of that. The Rich, chalky, full-bodied malt with deep, dark chocolate is only equaled in intensity by a PERFECT earthy, peppery and semi-dry hop counter punch. The flavor is what I imagine a "Peak" Courage IRS would be like, only with a bigger, warmer heat that is not over-powering, but just right. Heady-ass malt with a non-bitter hop finish is exactly what the doctor ordered. Dr. GratefulBeerGuy, that is !

Yum-tastical!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 00:00:03 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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