Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
2,773
Ratings:
8,429
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TossKing7
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am getting big dark fruits, some baker's chocolate, very little coffee, some roasted malts. It's a little too hoppy for a RIS. This is not supposed to taste similar to an IPA. God damn it Stone! Every batch of beer you brew does not have to taste like an IPA, get over yourselves. I am appalled by this beer. Cheers! B-

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Photo of JohnDon
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stark, syrupy black, this has a deep mocha foam that is still able to persist in a thick creamy collar after three years in a keg.

Chocolatey and rich, this is also woody and slightly bitter with notes of licorice and nutty molasses through a medium-thick body with a semi-dry, sticky finish.

2015 IRS on draft.

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Photo of Kshind59
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MO1978
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hyea
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rammed96
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage on tap at Stone RVA. Never had this one fresh, but it with a few years it was quite decadent. Rich amora, balanced flavors, and an incredibly smooth mouth. Why did they stop making this?

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Photo of GarrettB
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 9th, 2015 - This is a well aged (7 years) version of the Imperial Russian Stout - a legendary brew by itself. Seven years of meditation have mellowed out the scent, polishing away any malt bitterness or alcohol, leaving only the gentle smell of the woods. The flavor is lusciously smooth, with the lightest glaze of vanilla skating on a sheen of smooth restraint. It's boozy, yet it doesn't taste like it is. There's also a glimmer of steak sauce and soy sauce to plumb into the depths and retrieve some flavor, but the dark magic here is all in the way this beer expresses a great deal of flavor in the most restrained fashion.

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Photo of sunnovgoat
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dextr24
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detgfrsh
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 release. Pours black with only a few brown bubbles. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Thick feel. Taste is similar to the smell, roasted malts, chocolate, and some dried fruit sweetness. Very good.

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Photo of Nordavinden
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KensWorld
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 cellered bottle.

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Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,429 ratings