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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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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The 2013 classic release, poured into a large wine glass.

A: Motor oil black with a caramel colored head that thins down to a creamy film. There is a lasting caramel colored head and lacing that sticks around.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and caramelied brown sugar.

T. Dark chocolate, caramel, non dairy creamer, caramelized brown sugar and espresso. The after taste is a blend of all of the above.

M: It's creamy but not very thick, just enough carbonation to give a chocolate soda feel. There's not very much of an alcohol bite.

O: This is my current favorite stout, with the exception of Peche Mortel. It's is a very unique R.I.S. it doesn't have that Licorice and leather thing going on; but it more then makes up for it with a creamy caramel, dark chocolate and espresso combo. I hope this sticks around "these parts" for a while.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,397 ratings
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