Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Ratings: 8,381 |  Reviews: 2,760
Photo of Morey
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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Photo of williamjbauer
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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Photo of Djkraz
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of bens0n
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 2012 bottle a couple months back...

This beer pours a very very dark brown color with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves big lacing chunks on the glass.

Smell wise its got a really nice dark fruit/licorice smell going on, definitely has a boozy twist to it though.

Flavor wise the dark fruits are more subdued and you get a boozy roasted malt base with a tiny bit of licorice, something syrupy plus whatever hops stone uses that seem to always stand out to me.

It has a decent viscosity but it just doesn't have one of those finishes that is characteristic of a stone brew that I'm just not a fan of. I can't really say that's a bad thing but, just not my favorite twist on an imperial stout.

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Photo of RandyKemka
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sommersb
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-02-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

The website says this was bottled on April 16, so this is a couple weeks shy of 6 months old.

A: Black and opaque, with a dark tan head of a finger in height. Retention is fair, with a little amount of lace.

S: Aromas are of chocolate, licorice, dark malts, alcohol, ripened fruits and alcohol.

T: Taste is rich, starting off with sweetness that then leads into a bittersweet flavor, as in dark chocolate to unsweetened chocolate. A moderate amount of hop bitterness and also a coffee-like dark roast counter the sweetness.

M: Creamy body with low amounts of carbonation. The finish is again rich, of burnt grains and coffee, plus dark chocolate. Mellows out and improves as it warms to room temperature.

O: A heavy hitting stout makes this a slow sipping beer. I enjoyed it but wonder if a little more time might take off some of the coffee/roasted bitterness and make it all the better.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tarheels86
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL 2008 ed. Pours a used motor oil black with a dark brown, small head. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, molasses, dark chocolate. Taste is not as intense as I was expecting after trying Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti. There is still an onslaught of coffee, roastiness, vanilla, and even cream. Hops shine through in the finish. Oily, coating mouthfeel. 11% is well hidden. Though it is not offensive and well balanced, I’m not picking up that extra characteristic that makes people rave about this beer. It is nearly perfect but not out of this world. 2/9/2009 8/5/8/4/15=4.0

Tap 2005 ed at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a deep motoroil with no head/no lace. Aroma is black olives, sardines, saltwater. Taste is salty pimento, black olives. Not good. Has not aged well. 10/01/2010 6/3/6/3/11=2.9

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,381 ratings
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