Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
8,363
Reviews:
2,751
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
820
Gots:
2,336
For Trade:
96
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Ratings: 8,363 |  Reviews: 2,751
Photo of Harrison8
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Chlorizzle
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sold on this. Kind of watery despite the booziness and much too sweet and syrupy for the style. Not that I like stouts much mind you, except a select few. I received two as gifts, I will finish and forget them.
The highlight here is the nose. All else is forgettable.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoild
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color with a nice dark tan head of about an inch. Not much lacing present which is the only thing keeping this from a 5 rating for look. Love the jet black color of this beer.

Smell: Heavy aroma of dark fruits on the nose along with some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Notes of licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a hint of alcohol burn but this is smooth for the ABV.

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied.

Overall: This is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that I have had. Disappointed this beer is not being brewed for a 2017 release as I would have definitely picked up a case again. Hopefully this one makes an appearance in 2018 as I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and roasted malts. Medium bodied. Holding up extremely well. This is a superb regular stout. Shorter, dry finish. Delicious.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sholcomb1122
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet with tan ring. 4
Ash, honey, and black currant. 4
Anise candies, black strap molasses, chocolate liqueur, camp coffee, truffley end and clean green finish. 4.5
Chewy, smooth, almost heavy. 4.25

Dense flavours! Big, chewy, no heat, not overly ashy… how’s it’s done. “All the evil in this world concentrated in one bottle,” says Steph. The prototype. 4.5

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Photo of Jason1221
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Szandman1
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kkarimi
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Seebeej
2.06/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Don't get this again. Smooth taste for alcohol, but stick with other stouts.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2012

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of dark mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I smell chocolate as soon as I pour it. I also get some cocoa and a little coffee.

The taste begins with milk chocolate. It begins to bitter through the middle and finish with bitter chocolate and coffee.

Full mouthfeel

This is a great example of a RIS. The flavors have held up well over four plus years.

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Photo of Grupatre
3.02/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AustinWadkins
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick like sludge with a 1/2 in tan head that quickly collars around the glass

Smells include smoke, roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol

Taste is oak, smoke, dark fruits, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and a bit of bourbon

Overall a fantastic brew! Very drinkable and smooth given the abv!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,363 ratings.
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