Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
2,771
Ratings:
8,418
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Photo of MO1978
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hyea
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rammed96
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage on tap at Stone RVA. Never had this one fresh, but it with a few years it was quite decadent. Rich amora, balanced flavors, and an incredibly smooth mouth. Why did they stop making this?

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Photo of GarrettB
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 9th, 2015 - This is a well aged (7 years) version of the Imperial Russian Stout - a legendary brew by itself. Seven years of meditation have mellowed out the scent, polishing away any malt bitterness or alcohol, leaving only the gentle smell of the woods. The flavor is lusciously smooth, with the lightest glaze of vanilla skating on a sheen of smooth restraint. It's boozy, yet it doesn't taste like it is. There's also a glimmer of steak sauce and soy sauce to plumb into the depths and retrieve some flavor, but the dark magic here is all in the way this beer expresses a great deal of flavor in the most restrained fashion.

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

Photo of dextr24
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detgfrsh
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 release. Pours black with only a few brown bubbles. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Thick feel. Taste is similar to the smell, roasted malts, chocolate, and some dried fruit sweetness. Very good.

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Photo of Nordavinden
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KensWorld
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 cellered bottle.

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

CHAI (tea) SPICED 2015 ODD YEAR RELEASE IN A BOMBER - MADE MY TASTE BUDS NERVOUS HAVING BOUGHT/DRANK THIS BOTTLE AROUND 01/04/18.

OVERALL - CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH A STONE STOUT! :)

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 release, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a just under one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweet dark fruit, plum, black currant and cherries.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts, lightly burnt smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee, followed by dark fruit sweetness of plum and prunes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Great aroma and nice taste at the beginning, but perhaps feeling that it was a bit too sweet towards the end, after finishing a full bomber by myself. Alcohol is well hidden though, and it’s a great bottle to share.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vader444
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 version poured into snifter and consumed over about 2 hours.

Simply a very good RIS. Not quite on a par with my favourites (Expedition and Founders IS) but pretty close. Certainly felt the effects after a bomber all to myself! Cheers

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CNoj012
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On 03/13/16

This beer pours a completely opaque pitch black color with a half finger, foamy light brown head. The head eventually settles to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass that lasts the duration and leaves a bit of spotted lacing in it's wake.

Smell is subtle yet complex. It is made up of rich roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel, bitter black coffee, dark fruits and black licorice

Taste is very similar, but with the addition of a big dose of smokey char that adds a bit more depth.

Feel is full bodied and viscous bordering on chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. I was not sold on the smell, but as soon as that char hit my palate I changed my tune. I'm a sucker for smokiness as Even More Jesus is my favorite non BA stout, and although I would not put this beer on that level, it is still quite nice.

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Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,418 ratings