Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden. Released sept. 2:nd 2013. This bottle opened on may 1, 2014.

Black, oily, liquid with a one finger high brown head. Leaves almoust no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet licoriche, hops and dried fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, coffee, grass and espresso.

Body: A full body with just a hint of carbonation. A light biterness at the end.

Conlusion: A fantastic beer with a complex body that wants to be investigated!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

The beer pours an intensely deep jet black color, oily and slick. A thick, caramel colored head rises from the beer, about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and yields a soapy network of lace. The aroma is strong, lots of rich malted grain, assertive roast, bitter dark chocolate, plenty of stone fruit, a bit of tobacco and leather, super earthy with some licorice at the end. The flavors are wonderfully complex, bitter chocolate, subtle roast, cherry and plum, licorice, raisin before the earthy qualities come in, leather, tobacco with a heaping of malted grain that bridges the sweet and earthy flavors. The body is nice, silky, smooth, coats the mouth well, perhaps a bit lively, with a bit of a crisp zip at the back.

Verdict: A real winner from Stone, for all their hoppy fame, this beer definitely holds its own. The 2 years of aging has definitely helped this one tremendously, the roast is subtle and layered that brings out so many interesting flavors, licorice and tobacco as well as stone fruit. I'm glad I've got another 2012 vintage to open in another year or two.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: jet black color very small dark tan head with good lacing when you whisk it
S: smells really good with a chocolate and coffee smell with a slight alcohol burn
T: almost same as the smell but with alot of bitterness with the coffee and chocolate
M: very good only reason not a higher score is it seems kinda sticky, the carbonation is perfect though

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with tinges of brown on the edge.

The aroma has anise spiciness, a bit of pine, a lightly roasted malt, and nuttiness.

The flavor pop immediately of heavy bitterness, almost overwhelming. Anise spice, bitter dark earthiness, a nice chocolate malt and heavy espresso. Lots of alcohol and bitterness in the end. A medium plus mouthfeel.

The overwhelming theme in the end is alcohol and that dense bitterness that overtakes any wonderful roasted malt or sweetness in the imperial stouts.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,382 ratings
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