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Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,355 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,355
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 613
Gots: 1,676 | 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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Photo of Daveco27
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of docoman
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer but aftertaste kills this beer for me. burnt Smokey flavor. Narwal much better.

Photo of fearthebeerd
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Had these before but don't know why I didn't review it.) - In review: 2014 Vintage

A - Pitch black with a thin caramel colored lacing ring.

S - Char, dark chocolate, very mild coffee bean, some dark fruit esthers. Nose is mostly dark chocolate and char.

T - Follows the nose with the addition of black licorice/anise, some char, dark chocolate, dark fruit (but buried), and alcohol effervescence.

M - Full medium body, slippery, moderate warming on the way down, lip smacking sticky, lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

O - Very solid. (The 7300 ratings before me prove that.)

Photo of chrispaulgeorge
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 release consumed in 2014, fresh 2014 wasn't as good but have a couple aging. Sorry this is hardly a review, more of me just indicating which one I'm rating. It was delicious though, real smooth, could hardly taste the alcohol. After 5 years it lacked a lot of the burn you taste in the '14. If I could find more I'd buy em up, bought the last one in the fridge at Stone Brewing World Bistro for $11.99 some months back.

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

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of indurTheB
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of norrisk66
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kvannost802
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archyquaffer
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2014 offering. A moderate pour from a bomber into a schooner glass produces a subdued pale tan head of less than a half inch. The beer appears very viscous during the pour, and appears very nearly black- the light from a mini Maglite doesn't even penetrate.

The aroma-flavor is very malty and estery, with a plethora of dark fruit, molasses, port wine and dark bread notes. There's also a touch of chocolate in there, but not a lot of roasted grain bitterness. A base of earthy hops provides balance and some citrus notes along the edges, but it's not ridiculously hopped. Some alcohol warming is apparent but no bite. In general, its rich and flavorful, with a full-throated flavor and mouthfeel.

This is a world-class beer and definitely better than another domestic offering that I tried recently, which was soooooo bitter and practically undrinkable. This beer restores my faith in the style.

This beer was a good deal at 7.59 for the bomber. Enjoyed on Christmas 2014.

Photo of NickSMpls
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bwk180
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of backer80
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inonesock
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jofroi
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TJRoar
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dymmig89
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gobuccos
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Srqb
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,355 ratings.