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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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7,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,406
Reviews: 2,620
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 644
Gots: 1,714 | FT: 95
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 batch.

Pours a root-beer color, almost opaque. Coral colored head falls quick to a small ring, no lacing.

The aroma is complex but light with hints of licorice, horehound, caramelized pecans, grape jelly and toast, and an earthy/woodsy/musty scent.

The flavors match the nose, with the caramelized pecans and licorice leading the way, it has dark red wine undertones.

Everything is right on with the mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body, thick, warm, and coating. It has a deep dry finish.

One fine sipper! Bang for the buck this blows most beers in this class away! Ive paid twice the $$$ for RIS's that dont even come close.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black in color, a slight head at the top dark in color as well, left almost barely any lacing.

S - Roasted malts all around with a slight scent of cocoa and booze.

T - Same as the nose, lots of roasted malts in the taste with hints of coffee and cocoa, very pleasant.

M - Not to thick not to smooth, just right, a slight bit of carbonation nothing crazy.

O - Good dark flavors and not to expensive for an RIS, I enjoyed this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.52/5  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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle -> american pint
sping 2006 release

Pours jet black with a one inch brown head that leaves quickly and leaves no lace.

Nose: Roasted chocolate malts, licorise, dark fruit and alcohol.

Deep thick chocolate blast with some intense alcohol. Definately a sipper. Smokey wood bourbon finish that warms the throat considerabley.

Mouth is thick and chewy with a low carbonation and a slick feel.

I don't think i would drink more than one of these in a sitting, but definately a good choice for a scarey movie on a snowey night.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown color; almost black. Head is a lighter brown with some rust thrown in. Foam is 1".

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate and the alcohol creates a nice warming effect.

T- Very creamy and sweet with roasted malts. Alcohol is very present too. Chocolate and cocoa round out the tastes very well.

M- Chewy and thick with mid carbonation.

D- Very high and drinkable for the style.

Overall- I am very impressed with this brew. Good representation of the style and another strong offering from Stone.

Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at Shallos

A: Opaque with tiny little head, no lace to speak of.

S: Deep in chocolates and hops with some burnt caramel coffe notes.

T: Huge malt. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel. Then big hops and a bit of booziness.

M: Very nice almost milky silkiness.

D: A strong brew but a could take them slow throughout a long winters evening.

Thanks to Doug!

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/04/10- Had this one on-tap at Bob's Bar in a snifter.
A: Black with very red--yet thin--hues, good lace/collar/film that is a tan color.
S: Very smokey (with a burnt charcoal characteristic), nice espresso, dark chocolate, and less caramel than expected from the style.
T: Sweeter than expected from the aroma, very smokey burnt, deliciously roasted with some oats, but very smooth.
M: Creamy and frothy and really good, only mildly syrupy.
D: Really good. Equivalent to Old Raspy.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 7,406 ratings.