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Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into Duvel glass, purchased from Stones River Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

Paired with swiss gruyere cheese

Appearance: Pitch black, 1 finger mocha head

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste: Very chocolatey, caramel, roasted malts, slight coffee aftertaste, bready and even a slight hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Perfect, very full

Overall: One of my favorite stouts, too bad it's so hard to find for me. Very chocolatey, and it's jsut so balanced you don't taste any alcohol. Got my hands on 2 of these and two espressos. This wold be my first choice to convert a non-stout person into a stout lover. Another amazing brew by Stone, never disappointed.

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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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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a completely opaque pitch black with a almost two finger tan head that quickly dissipated. Very viscous when swirled, intense legs.

S - Deep malt character with hints of chocolate, sweetness, slight roastiness and alcohol.

T - big malt character, there are more subtle notes of roasted malt and chocolate however it is overshadowed by Bittering hops and alcohol in the finish. Not to a fault, just for a RIS it seems more hop forward and hot, not smooth and silky. The differentiation does not detract from my enjoyment of this delicouse beast of a beer.

M - Thick viscous and alcohol warming. Very slow going and enjoyable.

O - Overall this is a great RIS, hi IBUs and just plain brash. I will certainly seek this out again.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,389 ratings
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