Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

A -Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head. No lacing is left.

S - Vanilla, alcohol, molasses, oak, and more alcohol.

T - The taste is much less itimidating than the smells leads you to believe. A medium amount of black coffee up front with a mild oakyness in the middle met by a medium alcoholic finish without the alcoholic burn.

M - Surprisingly, medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

O - Does this beer belong in the top 100...In my honest opinion, no it does not. I have
had better stous at a much lower price. It is a good beer though. But I would not pay $8 for another 22oz bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and dense black, essentially no color coming through this beer at all, with a thick, creamy, deep-tan head that has great staying power. Nice lacing left on the glass, especially for a RIS. The nose hits with some bittersweet chocolate and dense, dark fruit sweetness (think raisins and prunes). The initial taste is very sweet to the tongue, following heavy with that raisin-prune flavor, along with bits of anise. Roasted malts are plentiful as well as the bittersweet chocolate flavor that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Halfway through the sip, the oats, grains, woody, and burnt oak flavors come alive followed by a final bite of bitterness that resonates in the mouth upon swallowing. Coffee is heavy and noticeable as the main aftertaste in this one. Very nice. Very heavy and creamy with medium-low carbonation.

Good RIS here. In the beginning, a bit too sweet for my tastes, however, as it warms up, it becomes more balanced with the deep oats, grains, oak, and coffee flavors. This beer definitely gets better as the glass gets warmer and the sweetness starts to mellow out a bit.

EDIT: 4/5/2013

2007 vintage, thanks Chris. Either this beer transforms amazingly with age, or my palate has been refined over the last half year, but this was much better than I remember it from the first time (and I still thought it was pretty good). Less of the nearly-cloying anise and licorice (much less, actually) and quite a bit more cocoa powder and even a hefty dose of coffee beans in the aftertaste. Decent roast from the malts and still a solid alcohol warmth after all these years. Mouth feel wasn't as amazing as I remembered it, though. No oxidation - wow.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black brew with brown hues, a brown head with little lacing but good curtains.

Dark dried fruits, coffee and dark chocolate.

Sweet brown bread, dark chocolate, soy sauce, bitter orange peel.

Medium low carbonation, thick and sticky, a big body and dry finish.

A very capable RIS, no half measures.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with over 2 fingers of medium-brown head. I'm getting absolutely no light through this bad boy. The foam reduced to a thin layer after about 5 minutes or so, but there's plenty of lacing on the glass (especially for a beer that weighs in at 10.5%).

Aroma: Probably the tamest feature of this beer. Chocolate & molasses are most notable, but there are subtle hints of dark fruits as well as a faint roasted smell. Surprisingly clean nose overall though!

Taste: Hello! The taste comes at you with the force of a haymaker. I'm getting a really nice creamy sweetness up front, followed by a nice roasted bitterness which is accompanied by a thick creamy texture on the palate. You can taste the hops ever-so-slightly towards the middle. The finish is creamy, sweet, and bitter all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy bodied Imperial Stout with a low carbonation level. Spot-on.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is actually my 1st time having this beer, and it more than lives up to the things that I've heard about it. One of the BEST non-barrel aged stouts that I've ever had. Top notch! I need to grab a bottle to age. Also, I forgot to mention that at $7.99 a bomber, this beer is incredibly fair priced as well.

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Motor oil black sludge with 2 finger dark tan head with excellent head retention and good foamy lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, earthy, molasses.

T - Quite robust chocolate and rich coffee notes, a bit sweeter and of cocoa than I expected from Stone and surprisingly the finish is pretty bitter for the style but not quite the bite you get from many other Stone brews. Very good, I'd love to age a bottle sometime though I've heard mixed reviews on the benefits of aging this one.

M - Slick, thick, oily. Full body, moderate-low carbonation.

O - A very well done imperial stout, the mouthfeel is more oily than any beer I've had to date.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,404 ratings
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