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Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Ratings: 8,389 |  Reviews: 2,762
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kborning
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015. Needs to age. Has a bitter flavor.

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Photo of bozodogbreath
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Pours syrupy black from the bottle, and sits a light-obliterating opaque black in the glass. 2 fingered, dark chocolatey brown head is thick and creamy. Disappeared pretty quickly to form a halo with a thin film in the middle.

A: Huge wave of roasted malts, chocolate (cacao powder?), coffee, currants, and some alcohol.

T: Starts sweet with deep, roasty flavors of chocolate, coffee and molasses. But, it's nicely reinforced with some bittering hops that take the edge off the sweetness. The currants seem to show up later, along with some slick dark fruits on the back end. Alcohol is very well-hidden for 10.8%, and does a good job of warming the chest. Finishes slick, not dry and leaves a puddle of resin behind for a great aftertaste.

M & D: Somehow, saying its full-bodied just don't cut it. It's incredibly thick, rich, creamy, syrupy yet chewy. Pure decadence! I'm not sure I could drink more than two, but this one went down so quick that I thought someone was siphoning off my glass.

Notes: What else can I say. It's simply incredible! So thick and rich with such delicious flavors abound. One of the best RIS out there, without a doubt. A perfect example of why this is my favorite style of beer. Highly recommended

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2008 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter for the night's enjoyment.

A- An opaque black color with an extremely thin layer of brown head that disappears quite entirely except for a small ring around the glass. Not much lacing either.

S- Roasted malt and dark chocolate come off strong as hints of burnt coffee play an enjoyable secondary role. Towards the middle of the beer the alcohol is kicked up a notch as it finishes into a slightly weird musty smell. Not sure if this is due to oxidation, but it is slightly off putting.

T- Malty undertone along with some dark fruits start the beer for mere moments. Quite quickly the notes of dark chocolate and coffee dominate as roasted grains and the continuation of the dark fruits compliment the wallop of flavor going on. Towards the end of the beer you get a kick of alcohol, a little off putting but certainly not bad as it lingers with roasted grain, a slight bitterness, and notes of prunes.

M- A syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation, but with the sipper this one is that's not too bad of a characteristic.

D- The alcohol in this one brings the drinkability down, but surely good for such a big beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (2012 Release) into a goblet.

A: Color is black as night and pours very thick. It had a small mocha colored head, but it faded quickly to a creamy ring across the top.

S: Huge roasted and chocolate malt aromas are the main players here. Hints of hops can be noticed towards the finish as well, but it it well balanced to not overpower the malt character. There is also a sort of burnt/smokey aspect that comes out more as it warms.

T: Like the aroma, the taste has a big malt character (roasted and chocolate again). The burnt characteristic is more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma.

M: It has a heavy feel to it and has a sort of dry finish. The carbonation level is on the lower side, as an RIS should be. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Dangerous, but I like it.

O: This was my first time trying this one and I can say that this is definitely one of the better RIS's out there. Glad I picked a few up to enjoy. We'll see how the do with some age.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Sampled August 2014 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. I will buy this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of avwrite
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, smoky looking, awesome.

S - Nice smell. Coffee and hops with good balance.

T - Best part of the experience. Nice blend of bitterness, abv, and coffee like flavors. Delicious and worth the hype.

M - Very good. Stays in your mouth with great flavor that lasts over time.

O - Get it now.

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Photo of rlovitt
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of iSip
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout, 22 oz. bomber: Stone brews up some great IPA style beers, but can they make a good stout? Not guaranteed, but in this case Stone comes through with flying colors. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Big aroma lets you know there is a serious stout sitting in the glass. Surprisingly drinkable, with lots of complexity. Flavors range from chocolate to vanilla, molasses to coffee to ginger spice. Flavors keep changing as you make your way through the bottle and as the stout warms. The Oskar Blues Ten Fidy is my favorite Imperial Stout, but the Stone ranks up there and is worthy of working into the rotation. I love the complexity of this brew. A must try for Imperial Stout fans.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RocketWidget
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, chocolate brown, with a frothy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of fruity currants and malty sweetness. Taste is unique for an imperial stout. Very fruity, with undertones of coffee, malt, and cinnamon. Alcohol has an impact on the aftertaste, and burns the throat slightly. A very unusual imperial stout because of the fruity, spicy elements.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and black with a fairly moderate creamy tan head that leaves some moderate lacing once the head recedes.

S: Mild chocolate, and massive malt attack. Little to no bitterness detected. Surprising, considering most of Stone's offerings do have some hops bitterness. Not bad, certainly, but unexpected.

T: Rich and sweet, with a major malt presence. It's the main component in this beer. Caramel and dark chocolate are also detected to a degree in the finish.

M: Very thick, smooth, and creamy. Lingers on the tongue for quite sometime. Coats the palate. Near perfect balance with moderate carbonation.

D: A thick, amazing stout that even though it is thick and creamy, it's easy to drink. Alcohol is barely detectable, though it does come through in the finish, and as the beer warms. I don't think I've been disappointed by any of Stone's offerings thus far.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,389 ratings
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