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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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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few of these last summer and can't wait to get into this one. I only chose this over the Espresso version because I forgot to put it in the fridge ha.

2013 vintage.

a: Viscous, very dark brown. Together in the glass you can see nothing through it. Light brown head that has disappeared a bit, but still holds with the beer.

s: huge roasted notes. As i was pouring it I could smell some yeast, but the bitter roasted malt is overwhelming. Not a very strong smell, but delicious nonetheless. Some sweet, dark chocolate as well in there.

t: Very sweet and smokey right away, it then goes down smooth and lingers with bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Very little alcohol detected, just the warmth as to be expected. Bitter, bitter roasted, smokey malt, and alcohol. Slight balance from the hops.

m: light carbonation, not too viscous.

overall: It's a little hot, probably needs a little more time to balance out. Still very good.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle into Worthy Sniffer

A: This is basically black in coloring there a brown to tan head that settles to a semi thick lacing on the outside of the glass. The beer itself is thick in the pour and totally opaque.

S: There really is not much of a smell in a good or a bad way. There are hints of smokiness from the malt but I really cannot even detect much else, definitely need to revisit this beer.

T: There is some chocolate flavor upfront with a little bit of smokiness but not powerful at all. Having it this fresh you can definitely taste the hops and it has more of a bitter hop bite then your typical Imp stout but not bad in any way. I definitely need to see how this develops with age

M: This beer is smooth and creamy but you can definitely feel a little of the hop bite from the bitterness. It is very drinkable as the abv is completely hidden even fresh but it is clear it will definitely change not fresh

O: Okay so this review is officially incomplete I need to try a non fresh version of this beer because it seems like it would develop really well but as of right now it is a decent stout that hides its high abv and is very drinkable, but it is not the big imperial stout I expected it to be. So I will be back soon.

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3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Jet black, with about an inch of coffee-colored head resting on top. After a couple of minutes the head settles down into a nice coaster-thick cap. The cap stick around even as I drink and doesn't fully disappear until mid-glass. The lacing is quite nice as well, covering about 70% of the back of the glass. This is a good looking stout.

SMELL: Roasty notes of coffee through first in the IRS's nose with a twinge of bitter dark chocolate underneath.

TASTE: The coffee is still the star of the show here, but the chocolate notes come through a lot stronger and they're accented by a pleasant hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: For such an oily looking pour, the body is much lighter than expected. A light carbonation tickles the back of the mouth as it goes down smooth.

OVERALL: Unlike most other Imperial Stouts I've tried this one has a hop character that really comes through. The hops are not simply there to balance out an abundance of malt. This makes for a pleasant and more easy-drinking stout...at least if you're a hop head.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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