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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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7,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,366
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 618
Gots: 1,684 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black as night no light shines though this beer when held up to the sun. A dark mocha / cocoa colored head with fine bubbles rose less then a finger tall in the snifter. As the head slowly fell into the blackness it left a thick coat of lacing on the edge of the glass with no bare spots and a small dusting on the top of the beer.

S: Sweet dark chocolate aroma with a strong roast backbone, as it warmed up the chocolate became more pronounced and a slightly alcoholic aroma was noticable. A Cinnamon, anise also as it warmed up. Noble type hop aroma but over powered by the complex malt scents.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, molassis, and pruney raisin malt flavors all distinctly right on the first sip. wow. Sweetness is kept in check with the strong upfront dank hop bitterness. The chocolatey to roasty flavor is on the chocolate side which i'm a fan of. As it warms up the bitterness almost seems to become more assertive. The aftertaste finishes with a chocolate piney thing.

M: A warming alcohol is there but not as strong as most RIS, low carbonation and a large chewy full body. Surprisingly no harshness from the roasted / dark malts, very nice.

O: Chocolate, asertive bitterness and very very drinkable. Now if I can only try the esspresso version. Excellent beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional brew from Stone. I feel like a lot of people over look this beer since it is so easy to come by in my area, Northern California, but they are really missing out. Stone did a great job creating and brewing this Imperial stout. I must say, that this is one of the better imperial stout I have had lately.

Overall , If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. For around $7 you can't go wrong.


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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wanted a big stout, spotted a deuce-deuce of this, why not try it?

Mug fills pitch black, dark chocolate brown head of maybe 1/4 inch pops up & vanishes just as quick to mere edge fizz. Smell is dark cocoa, something bread-like, bit in the background like cinnamon.

Taste heads the direction of high grade coffee, though the chocolate is still there. Wow is it there! Anonymous bitterness peaks through to cut the sweetness, which must've taken a crapton of hops to accomplish considering how much of a malt bomb this is. Goes down rich, creamy, barely carbonated to a tickle, and the double digit alcohol warms without really sticking up otherwise.

This imperial ticks the expected boxes, but overachieves at most. Nothin crazy, just a quality Big Damn Stout.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,366 ratings.