Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,375 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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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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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3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
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