Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,375 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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with no light coming through. It has a dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Intensely chocolatey and complex. With subtle coffee and anise notes. Blown away by the odors coming out of this container even before serving.

Taste: Burnt coffee with subtle astringency, along with all the smells described above.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. There is some heat coming from the high ABV.

Overall: One of the best RIS, I'm curious to see how it ages a few years from now. Needless to say, I will be picking this up again.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle of the 2010 right at about 3 years old. Had this at various stages of aging and remains one of my favorite beers to buy in bulk each year. Pours an opaque black color with a brown cap of head. Retention is decent and lacing pretty.

Nose is a sweet chocolate milkshake....actually - check that. It smells like a Mudslide with an extra sidecar of vodka. So rich and chocolaty with just enough dark fruit and drying alcohol. Hops that are there fresh have nearly all disappeared from the aroma.

Fans of chocolaty stouts have to love this one. Sweet, but really dry on the finish surprisingly. The roast is kept pretty low and the fruit is maybe a tic below medium. Enough hops on the finish to barely be noticeable, and the mouthfeel is rich without being chewy. For something that has been around since 2002, it has really stood the test of time with flying colors. It may not be the best stout I have ever had...but for the availability, consistency and price - it is tough to beat in my book.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.0

Pours coffe brown with a slight rich head. Dark black in the glass.

Smell: 3.75

Subtle sweet aromas, hints of chocolate and roasted flavors.

Taste: 4.25

Slight bitterness from the alcohol, full body, and roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: 4.5

Rich and bitter taste. Notes of chocolate and roasted flavors. Has a slight aftertaste. Very heavy and dark.

Overall: 4.25

A heavy, dark and rich beer with initial bitter bite. Leaves a roasted coffee to chocolate flavor after which is quite pleasant.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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