Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,368 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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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this while listening to Drudkh.

Glass: Blue Mountain Brewery ceramic mug.

Appearance: Dark and thick during the pour, but it's a little hard to see through a ceramic mug. A tiny head appeared and faded within about a minute. Looks like a RIS should.

Smell: Less burnt and bitter characteristics than some RIS's. Predominantly getting the smell of milk chocolate ... like those found from melting chocolate in a chocolate shop. Additionally, I get a little bit of vanilla if I inhale long enough. Maybe a little coconut? It smells absolutely delicious.

Taste: Very tasty! Initial flavor comprised of malt grain, with a surprising bitterness that almost tastes like baking chocolate. After bitterness fades, the real beauty begins. The chocolate comes through again, but in more of a sweet milk chocolate variety.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with low carbonation. A little sticky, but not in a gross way.

Overall: I am enjoying this beer ... a lot! The Espresso version of this beer is a little better, to me, as it adds the coffee in a subtle manner without going over the top. However, if you don't want any coffee flavor this beer is so subtle, balanced, and tasty, with the perfect mouthfeel for the style. Would buy again it again in a heartbeat, and is a great value for the bomber.

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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome... 22 oz bottle, serves at 51 degrees, snifter.

A: Black, with thick tan head. solid.

S: STRONG coffee, chocolate, malt

T: Wow. strong, sweet, thick, coffee/oak/vanilla/coffee/malt/cherry(?)

M: Coating, thick, lingers, and strong. Slight sweetness, but also a hint of aromatics (hops?)

O: Need more of this one. For the price, should get a case!

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into DFH tulip.

A: Typical IRS. Dark color, 1-finger head, nice lacing, beige-like head.

S: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa. Some espresso or coffee bean, and dark fruit (chocolate covered cherries, perhaps?).

T: Mocha and slight coconut & vanilla. Chocolate definitely overpowers the overall taste, however. A slight burn at the back of the throat given the fact that it is still young.

M: Viscous but not overly chewy. Standard IRS thickness, and definitely has a slight creaminess. Almost has a consistency of a creamy & thickened iced latte (which isn't a bad thing IMO). I love it.

O: What can I say, Stone's IRS has always been one of my favorite imperial stouts, and will continue to be. Of course it is an amazing beer after some age, but I personally enjoy it fresh just as much. This beer has a great kick of heat at the beginning with a satisfying smooth & clean finish. Definitely a world class stout.

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2.99/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 vintage edition

This beer tastes like oak. The booze is well masked for 10% but its lacking the depth and flavors that make a stout great, chocolate and coffee. Stick with breakfast stout.

Not great but a well crafted beer if you dig the oak flavor.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,368 ratings.
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