Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Brewing

Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout
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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #69
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
96
Ranked #934
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
2,782
Ratings:
5,679
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 21, 2022
Added:
Sep 21, 2001
Wants:
  838
Gots:
  2,315
SCORE
96
World-Class
Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.31 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by 911CROFT from England

May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- smoky charred malt, black licorice, dark chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, coffee and caramel

T- intense charred malt up front gives notes of anise, burnt toast and dark roast coffee. Mid-palate gives some dark fruit notes of raisin, fig and prune, along with dark chocolate. The finish gives more charred malt

M- medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- a standard bearer of the style, and one that ages with the best of them
Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2014 Vintage dated opened in 2021. It pours a stygian dark brown with a modest light brown head that soon diminishes to nothing. The scent is big: roasted and black malts abound. The taste follows the nose, with a nice blackened malt flavor that doesn't disappoint. Yum!
Oct 27, 2021
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Rated by PGHSOUP from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very good.
Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Resistance88 from California

Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by micada from New York

Sep 05, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4 by Scottsbeer from Florida

May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 10.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate to low tan head. Nice aroma of dark malts and chocolate. Fine roasty flavour, notes of strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate.
May 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.32 by arzt from Germany

Aug 12, 2020
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
3-30-19
Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by cd34 from Illinois

Jun 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 2.43 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by onewayboogie from California

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by Hooley from Texas

Mar 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Geelawn from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
So I let my stout age in my cellar for about 8 months and all I can say is wow. It really aged awesomely. I am super happy I chose to wait on this one because this stuff is dope. Stone for life
Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by JiffyJeff from Canada (AB)

3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pitch black. A small amount of head appeared. Sweet smell of dates/ fruity. Can taste molasses. Notice the strong alcohol taste. Not a very sticky feel.
Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a 22oz bottle of the '2014 RELEASE'. Label displays 11%ABV.
Nearly opaque black colored body, with the thinnest of bottom edge showing dark brown back lit highlights. Two finger tan creamy head, which recedes to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some rings of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, black licorice, and dark fruits.
Taste is dark roasted malts, which express dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. The dark fruit shows up close to the end. The black licorice is a minor note throughout.
Full mouth feel, super creamy. Good carbonation.
The alcohol is there but not super strong. This beer is good for sipping but is really quaffable for such a higher ABV%. Excellent overall and great that it needs no adjuncts to bring forth complex smells and flavors. It's a loss that this is no longer brewed.

Bottle Notes:
Brewed in the authentic, historical style of an imperial Russian stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can - and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia's demand for ever-thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!
Feb 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled in March 2016. Black in color. Poured with a moderate, creamy, espresso tan foam with medium low retention. Rich, dark roasted and grainy malt aromas with dark chocolate and earthy, tobacco-like notes and light booziness. Rich and full bodied with medium light carbonation and a velvety smooth feel. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Roasted malt flavors up front with notes of dark chocolate and charred grainy malt. Medium earthy hop bitterness through the middle followed by chocolate and dark malt flavors. Bitterness transitions to warming booziness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with bitter dark chocolate and roasted maltiness with a light boozy heat. Great aromas and rich flavors with a fabulous feel and pleasant warmth.
Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 version - bottled 03/05/15, so just short of 4 years. Pours a thick black with brown head, reddish highlights. Smell is sweet roasty coffee, bit of dark fruits, licorice, and faintly chocolate. Tastes more of the dark chocolate but still with coffee, hints of the licorice, a bit oaky. Smooth rich mouthfeel - notes of the booze - but a bit of that lingering coffee bitterness at the finish. Warm and inviting of another sip.
Jan 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.02 by AuntBea from Illinois

Jan 15, 2019
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Rated by azmckee from Arizona

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2015 bottle. Excellent RIS, dried fruit flavors of fig and date.
Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by kricks77 from Indiana

Dec 11, 2018
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Rated by mjw2808 from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 aged almost 3 years
Nov 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.59 by Riceskii from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2018
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Rated by sunsjammer from Arizona

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 release gifted from arizcards...thank you my brother!
Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by TossKing7 from California

Oct 28, 2018
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