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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bomber (2013 Release) into a snifter.

A-As you might expect, the brew is thick-looking, black in color, and completely opaque. The head is thin and dark tan in color. It drops quickly to a collar and leaves no lacing. Pretty standard.

S-An intense, but balanced, mixture of rich, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of char. As the beer warms up, I detect more dark, dried fruits like raisins and prunes. Alcohol is pretty well integrated for 10.5%.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely in both intensity and profile. I get roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet, dark, dried fruits. Malts certainly dominate, but this fresh bottle still had traces of hops, as well. The alcohol is well concealed at 50 degrees, but as the brew warms, you get some pretty serious fruity, sweet, heat. The heat, however, fits nicely with brew. The finish is long and satisfying.

M-The feel is medium body with a bit more carbonation that some other examples of the style. The carbonation is mild and creamy, and actually diffuses the alcohol heat, I think.

O-This is a great and classic-tasting RIS. The flavors are intense, but well-balanced, and everything seems to work well together. There is no standout characteristic to throw the equilibrium of this beer out of whack. On the other hand, in today's world of "brett-this" and "barrel-aged that," I almost feel like something is missing here.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/4/13 cheers Rutager for sending me one of my longest standing wants

A black liquid with a large mocha head that's a little noisy at first but calms down to a thick film and sits there, perhaps a dirty glass? a single ring of lace is left behind

S dark roast is strong with some char, espresso, licorice, bakers chocolate, maybe I'm crazy but I'm picking up some citric hops but its very faint, just a hint of booze and vanilla

T the intense dark roasts even darker in the mouth and even after a year hops are detectable, a little rich dark chocolate fudge and char without much smoke and a little less licorice, tastes pretty solid but the nose was just a little better

M thick, rich, and creamy, a mild bitter bite and a long finish of char, dark chocolate and coffee, a little slick after the fact, no complaints in this department

O well rounded dark roasted RIS or IRS according to Stone, hits all the spots and I can see some age working wonders but at the same time I could see a fresh bottle being a big black hop bomb

this one would be in my regular rotation without doubt, about what one should expect from a big stout this one hits the spot

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours black with a thin light chocolate head. Lots of lacing dancing around the glass. 4.25

Aroma-lots of milk chocolate in the front end, some mild espresso notes as well. Plenty of dark fruits lingering around, mainly plum and a slight hint of dark cherry. As it warms I'm getting more of a vanilla tone. 4.25

Taste-strong bitter coffee at first with a nice slice of hot alcohol burn. That's not a bad thing by the way, I quite like it. Then you start to get the sweet notes of chocolate and hints of vanilla. One of the stronger alcohol burns I've had in some time. 4.25

Feel-slightly higher carbonation then I like, full bodied, coats palate extremely well.3.75

Overall-this thing brings the heat. All of the typical RIS notes are here and this holds up with some of the best of them. Although I wouldn't consider this a world class stout, it's on the edge of WC. 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Note: Drinking a one year old bottle

A- Thick khaki one finger head with a curtain of lacing. Nothing special here.

S- The smell was quite strong, even before pouring it into the glass. Smells like a licorice coffee combination.

T- Very strong roasted malt up front with a delicate coffee/cocoa after taste.

M- This was a very velvet like beer with moderate carbonation levels. It left a frothy pool in my mouth which helped spread the great taste all around.

O- This was a great standard RIS, but that's what it is, standard. I feel that a variation, such as a Vanilla BA version would make this one of my top three favorite beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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