Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,363 Ratings
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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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -2.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1" brown head. Big trails and leopard spotting of lacing on the glass.

S- big chocolate aroma, slight roast, sweet molasses.

T- sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight dark fruit flavors. Som pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice smooth feel.

O- good RIS. Not a ton of complexity but nice chocolate and some sweet and roasted malt flavors.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a growler into a pint glass.

Pitch black with a small foamy head, about the thickness of a no. 2 pencil.

Dark coffee taste with hints of soy.

Heavily carbonated and too much of a bite for me. Taste doesn't match the feel in my opinion.

Not a big fan.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this since 2010!

Pours out pitch black with a nice, thick, mocha tan head.

The aroma has a lot of coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate along with hints of dark fruits.

The taste has a ton of the same flavors: coffee, roasted, almost burnt malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, figs, plumbs, currants and a slight hint of oakiness (it's not barrel aged). Bitter, but has some sweetness to it.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and it is a fullbodied beer. You can somewhat taste the alcohol, but you can't quite smell it.

Another great Stone beer and one you need to pick up if you like the style!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, smells like coffee and dark fruits. taste is dark, good stout. ours black as black can get with a lingering brown head. Nose is mostly coffee and with hints of cocoa. Very smooth stout. If I can say anything about this beer it’s that it truly is better served a little warm. I poured mine just under 40, after about 20 minutes it has a different taste. Strong bitter coffee taste with hints of alcohol. The aftertaste lingers a little longer as it warms. This is a nice finisher to a meal.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
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