Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
BA SCORE
4.33/5
8,385 Ratings
Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#394
Reviews:
2,761
Ratings:
8,385
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
836
Gots:
2,340
Trade:
94
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,385 |  Reviews: 2,761
Photo of HamdenHector
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 release.

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; light lacing;

S: mostly milk chocolate; a hint of coffee; as it warms, dark fruit becomes prevalent;

T: deeply roasted grains up front; milk chocolate comes in quickly, but by the middle, it's all dark fruit through the finish;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: complex aromas and flavors;

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Photo of Jtee
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 650ml bottle served at 20 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The bottle has been aged for 14 months.

Look: The beer looks like your standard, well-built imperial stout. It pours an opaque black with red highlights along with two fingers of dense, mocha head that settles to a cap within two minutes. Poor lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted malts and dark fruit esters right off the bat. Additional malty notes of coffee, black licorice, dark chocolate, and bonfire smokiness. Faint caramel. Hop-wise there's a strong herbal presence. Some mineral and metallic notes have increased during the aging process. I'm also noticing a tiny note of wet cardboard which I attribute to the bottle not always being at the right temperature during the cellaring.

Taste: Strong, rich, and bitter. Roasty-burnt dark malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Moderate dark fruit esters. Just like in the nose, there is a significant herbal hop character that shoots through the malts. The finish is long, strong, and warming.

Feel: Full body with medium-light carbonation. Heavy and thick with some chewiness. There's a considerable alcohol warmth without it being hot. A notable astringency.

Overall: In a word: intense. Big aroma and flavour bound to take your senses for a ride. My kind of beer and just short of world-class. Buy yourself a bottle when you get a chance.

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Photo of dazedman
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Angerhaus
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GregA1371
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half inch tan head that dissipated quickly but left decent lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, bitterness of coffee grinds, roasted malts, hint of smoke and dark fruits. Lightly carbonated, medium to heavy bodied, thick and creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer, to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release bottled 3/13/16

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage because whatever

L - Black as my heart with less than a finger of khaki-colored head

S - roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, cherry

T -intense roast with smoke and tobacco, dark chocolate and dark coffee grounds

F - smooth, no alcohol, a big sipper

O - damn good RIS, no surprise it's stood the test of time

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Photo of Budlum
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMc8ride
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kmachulda
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The stout was very black in appearance with a mocha colored head and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet chocolate malts comes through in the nose.

Taste - The sample was a 2010 vintage. It was like a riverbof smooth chocolate. Any bitterness seems to have gone away with age.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was very modest which allowed the sweetness to shine.

Overall- If this beer were released differently, it would be a whale.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***bottled 3/5/2015
***Today is 3/21/2017

L: pours a see through black with a film of head that fades fast. Pitch black in the glass
S: dark malt, dark roast coffee and dried cherries.
T: much like the nose. Big flavors. The bitterness is huge, hard to drink honestly.
F: quite dry finish and big bitterness. Medium thickness.

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

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Russian Imperial is simply outstanding. We cracked open a bopttle that might have been 3 years old. Super smooth to say the least. Dark pour . Smell of roasted malts, coffee , caramel, with chocolate and mocha espresso. What a rooler coaster of flavors and all are spot on. This should be no suprise based on the quality of Stone over the yeras.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2016 release. dominant on the roast and dark chocolate with some prune-y dark fruits that open up ever so slightly on the finish. perfect bitterness to cap the richness off. a phenomenal imperial stout

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Photo of Harrison8
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel-colored head. Retention is short, with fair lacing, but this bottle has also been aged. Aroma is huge, dark, and complex, with notes of caramel, earthy barley, and bread malts. Flavor profile is dark and complex. Notes of caramel, peat moss, earthy barley, and bready malts form a filling, huge, experience of a stout. Mouth feel is filling, thick, with a consistent graininess to it. Overall, this beer packs a presence. It's huge and dark all the way around. A very earthy, and simple, but tasty flavor profile combined with a huge, but not over compensating, presence relegates this beer to an excellent sipper.

Served in a teku. 2015 version.

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Photo of Timtac
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 so maybe close to 4 years old
Really good. I see why this is so highly rated and regarded for aging. Very, very smooth. No bite whatsoever. Chocolate forward flavor with the roasted malts.
Highly recommend, specifically if you like to age RISs.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,385 ratings
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