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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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7,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,287
Reviews: 2,601
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 586
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 95
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hands on a couple bottles of this!

A - It pours a deep black brown with a nice tan head. Excellent lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits(raisins and plums). This is the definition of what a RIS should smell like in my book.

T - First you are hit with sweet chocolate malts at the front followed by the dark fruits with a slight deep cherry bitter sweetness. In the finish you get some nice bitter coffee notes and a mild bitter chocolate note. Amazingly complex!

M - Very heavy and thick, almost a sticky syrupy texture however extremely smooth and very drinkable.

O - This is probably one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so complex however extremely smooth and drinkable. Almost no alcohol is present and this is a fresh bottle. Awesome job Stone!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After wanting to try this for a long time, I finally found it at the store.

Pouring the beer feels a lot like pouring oil - heavy, thick and dark. The color is a dark brown/black which seems impenetrable by light. A nice yellow and slow-bubbling head develops to reveal a surprisingly sweet aroma of malts, alcohol and some coffee.

The taste is like a fine morning espresso, powerful, complex, bitter and yet, not too strong or senseless. It is very thick and the alcohol is very evident in the aftertaste. It's like a dark, evil syrup. I am surprised though, that the beer is incredibly soft and palatable for an imperial stout. Drinking this kind of beer usually means getting ready to be kicked in the face by a horse, and yet, the Stone Imperial is surprisingly smoother and softer than many other stouts with less alcohol, including guinness foreign extra.

If Duvel had a stout sister, Stone Imperial would definitely be that sister. It's surprisingly smooth, but Hulk-strong. Bitter, yet not enough to prevent you from enjoying it. What a wonderful brew. Certainly something you might want to consider sharing with your friends over some sweet chocolate dessert. Fantastic.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 7,287 ratings.