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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. 2012 Release

A - Motor oil black. Thick, creamy, mocha-colored head builds quickly. Shows some good retention. Sticky patches of lacing get left behind.

S - Got a good whiff before the cap was completely off. Lots of chocolate coming through. Toasted malts with some caramel hanging around.

T/M - Again, chocolate really comes through in the taste. Layers of it as well. I get a hint of milk chocolate before it turns a more bitter dark chocolate. Really nice roastiness with a little bit of burnt toffee. Creamy, full-bodied, with low carbonation.

O - Awesome! Hard to deny how good this one is at such a reasonable price and availability.

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Photo of jaeone
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of HowlingTurkey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of pendabev
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Litterbean
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I pop open the cap and watch as wisps of steam furtively escape the chilly interior, like moaning spirits reaching towards the sky. Pouring forth from this dark bottle comes a fluid so deep, thick, and syrupy that pancakes are suddenly my deepest desire. The rocky, off-white head taunts me. I lift my glass to my nose, and am overtaken by a sweet caramel aroma, with hints of licorice, and sweet caramel. Visions of hop flowers enter my brain as I realize that the earthy character of this brew is more than palpable. The taste, where to begin? Hoppiness to the extreme, but a deep, burnt, chocolatey undertone hits me where it hurts the most: my palate. Undaunted, I realize that the complexities of this beer are too much to handle. I find many hints and flavors, all intermingling and forming a cacophony of sinful flavor in this hearty brew. Sip upon sip reveals nuances that had previously remained hidden. The balance between the hops and malts are striking, but just because there is balance does not mean that neither is too extreme. Both are in your face, both hit you like a ton of bricks, and both can decimate the palate if one does not respect this mighty beer. Smoothly it finishes, and is surprisingly easy to drink. And just as easily as it was poured, it finishes, and my liver has a long night ahead of it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Dark as night, as it should be. Smells terrific, chocolate & coffee, with faint roasty malt aromas. Tastes great, dark chocolate & coffee flavors,with some roasted malt & bread flavors. The alcohol taste is there, but not overpowering. Tastes & feels great, rich & smooth. Very little lacing on the glass. Overall it's an excellent beer!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sordyl
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Had the 2012 vintage of this beer. Very nice standard beer. Great chocolate notes. Has a really boozy taste and not too thick. Pours a very dark brown almost black in color.

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Photo of erikm25
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This concoction pours a thick blackened molasses. Held up to the light I was unable to find even the slightest nod to any other hues. An aggressive pour yielded a minimal burnt caramel colored head. Lacing is slight yet present to the end. If you could pour a midnight starless and moonless sky into a glass this is what it would look like.

S: Aromas are oats coupled with a subtle mixture of dark cherries, figs, and plums. Rich chocolate sweetness appears towards the back but overall this aroma can be described as honey warm. Despite the high ABV the alcohol appears instantly and fleetingly like an apparition.

T: Rich toffee chocolate and malt tastes. Additionally a sting of hops hits the tongue. Barley coupled with a pinch of coffee and sprinkled with brown sugars. Complex balance of creamy cocoa richness and grapefruit laced licorice. Chocolate becomes even more apparent as it warms. The alcohol is only present after it drops the bodies temperature down a bit.

M: A creamy rich viscousness that plasters its flavors all around the mouth. A flat out treat.

D: Perfect beer with some warming fuzzy music. Drinkability is a double edged sword. In a perfect world I would love to make this a regular habit but it is one I will save for special occasions. Worth picking up and holding on to for down the road. Stone always delivers.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately poured into my new Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip - quite the sight.

A: Pours a thick, but not quite oily, black. A generous two fingers of coffee-tan head forms nicely. Thick, caramel sheets of lace stick around all sides of the tulip.

S: Roasted malts, very subtle dark fruits, and a little burnt chocolate. Some coffee as well as a hint of vanilla here. Really rich scents - very inviting. A little heat becomes apparent as my glass empties.

T: Strong roasted malts with hints of coffee. There's a nice bitterness that tames all these strong, sweet flavors. Aftertaste is a nice sweet chocolate with a slightly boozy finish.

M: Excellent feel. Moderate carbonation and full body. Creamy and rich - fits the style to a tee.

D: Very smooth, and it only gets easier as my tastebuds warm to the taste. Very rich, but I'm diggin this beer. Hard to beat the quality you get here for the price.

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Photo of claminat420
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 bomber into my imperial stout glass.

Appearance- from a hardy pour it's the typical stout black with a frothy beige head that leaves some heavy lacing. poster child of stouts.

Aroma- a weird dark malt with a wiff of some hops. different and good. not boozy.

Taste- get some dark malts but balanced by hops. It feels like both sides battled and just left a taste of impartial stout goodness. alcohol is not detected. has a smoothness like a milk stout. slight chocolate with a slight dark fruit/ raisiny taste. has a bitterness that balances shit out. alcohol is well hidden which is great for 10+ abv. detecting a slight hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel- very slick. medium to heavy bodied. just awesome.

Drinkability- it would be wise to buy a case of this and occasionally drink them here and there. keep a few for down the road.

Overall- I don't know if it's just because it's aged for awhile but it's sooo slick. the slickness almost tricks you thinking it's light bodied. you do get the chocolate/dark fruit/ raisiny taste. has a smoothness like a milk stout. to be fair i'm no way a stout fan. 10 out of 10 times i'm going with an ipa but for some whacky chance I feel stout(or imperial) this one would be a great choice.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
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