Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,375
Reviews:
2,759
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 release with an 11.0% ABV.

Pitch black body with a thick, creamy, tan head. Rather sweet smell; vanilla; anise; cocoa; cherries. Chocolate-mint flavor with a nice undertone of booze and mellow hop bitterness; brownies. Heavy body; some velvety smoothness; semi-dry finish with a noticeable boozy bite.

A very good RIS full of flavor and depth. The smell was complex yet rather subdued and was the only weakness overall. Hop bitterness builds up nicely and lingers through the end. But it's the bold roasted grain flavors that tell the real story: big toasted malt flavors with a mild sugary sweetness and bitter chocolate tones. The ABV makes its presence known, too, but is well-blended with the malt and hop elements to make an overall harmonious marriage of taste and feel. Complexity and depth with a fairly easy drinking quality for such a heavy and high ABV ale make this stout a winner.

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4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, dark brown head with excellent retention and quickly-sliding lacing. Brew is very dark.

Massive roasted barley aroma, with some chocolate malt, cream, and a little booze. Intended direction for this imperial stout is immediately evident.

Flavor follows the nose strongly. Tons and tons of roasted barley, with just a hint of very dark cacao. Cream and wheat, and a tiny bit of banana (likely from yeast). There is a slightly metallic off-taste, but I think it's likely from the barley. Extremely strong and assertive.

Remarkably balanced mouthfeel, given the strength and aroma. Thick, creamy, and smooth, a hair lighter than chewy. Some noticeable heat at the end.

Excellent, but mostly one-dimensional, imperial stout. It smacks you in the face with gobs of roasted barley, never hides its allegiance, and pulls it off in a very tasty package.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Food Pairing - Ripe banana: Interesting, metal flavor is highlighted but the sweeter fruit qualities are elevated as well.
90% Dark Chocolate: A terrific match of richness and bitterness without muddling the more enjoyable flavors.

A - Opaque black, deep red at the thinnest edge. Foamy head which left nice lacing.
S - Soft. Cocoa, cream, faint anise. Bread, some nuttyness. Very inviting.
T - At 11%, the alcohol hits fast and hard, with a surge of hops behind it- its name is deserved! Dark bitter chocolate cut with some vanilla, cola, anise, black cherry and lime rind bite that lasts, becoming slightly metallic, and a slightly unpleasant cough-medicine astringency.
M - Quite smooth. Chewy, not quite syrupy, dry finish
O - In case the brand and the name weren't warning enough, this stout isn't one to be taken lightly. Best used as a dessert compliment rather than solo.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,375 ratings.
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