Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
8,385 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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of richj1970
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into teku glass.

A: Pours pitch black with nice one to two finger head.

S: Coffee mixed with bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a bit of smoky scents here also.

T: Lots of roasty flavors with chocolates and coffee up front. Flavors definitely more prominent as it warmed up. Don't drink this one cold. It was supreme as it approached room temp.p

M: Nicely thick as you would expect from an IRS.

O: Very nice. One of my favorite stouts. I think I prefer this to the espresso version, but want to drink another of each before reaching final conclusion.

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Photo of tviz33
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber purchased at Lewis Brothers Market in Horseheads, NY in to a tulip glass.

A-Pours darker than the ace of spades with a two inch light brown head that could float a penny.

S- Nice blend of flavors on the nose. Chocolate, coffee beans, licorice, and molasses.

T- The taste is pure joy. Big bold flavors that follow the nose. Very malty and slightly sweet. This is about as good as it gets.

M- Smooth as silk on the tongue. Moderately carbonated and so easy on the way down.

O- This is one fine RIS. You just gotta have it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tittymcj
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Important: Do not drink this cold. It is a completely different beer when cold or chilled. Let it sit out for a while. You'll thank me.

A: Beautiful thick, dark black/brown body with a light brown head. Sticks slightly to the glass as it falls. Dark enough as to not let any light in.

S: Smells of dark coffee and chocolate. Interestingly, there is also a bit of spice in there. This helps keep it light and not overwhelm the palate.

T: Dark and roasted, as to be expected. Aftertaste is heavily of coffee notes that sit on your tongue. At the end, as with the smell, there is a bit of spice and citrus.

M: A bit thin at this point in it's aging. Like other reviewers have noted, it will likely settle a bit as it ages.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of blindnil
3.39/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is too young to tell how good it will be eventually. My guess is a year in the cellar and it will be superb.

As of now, its hot alcohol bite is pleasantly neutered by deep chocolate, raisin and date syrupy mouth feel combined by nice hop overtone that fades in the clean finish.

Deep espresso color with chateau b malt colored head that laces nicely.

Can't wait for this to age but its still worth drinking one now.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,385 ratings
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