Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,373 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 IRS... 22 oz bomber

Poured half bottle into a snifter.

First half

Medium thick dark brown colored pour. Black in the glass. Very thin slightly shiny brown colored head that does not have enough retention. Decent lacing. Opaque.

Aroma is just very moderate. Upfront burnt up and roasted malts. No booze and no hops. Slight dark chocolate very faint coffee.

Taste has a lot more warmth to it than the nose suggests.Finish is slightly bitter both hops and charred bitter. Slightly sweetness and molasses like as well. Overall dominance is by roasted and charred malts.

Mouth feel is full bodied. Seems to have mellowed down a lot. Low carbonation. Smooth drinking. Slight alcohol warmth and heavy.

Overall and excellent beer that stands up to the style but offers very few other things.

Second Half

Very excellent lacing and superb one and half fingers thick head. Excellent head retention.

An awesome taste. This sure is an awesome stout.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with solid light brown head that reduces to a thick lacing. Head is not too bubbly or fizzy, which is a turn off in other beers.

Initially, the nose is very chocolate heavy. Very rich. Some roast, noticeable alcohol. As it warms, the anise that I knew this beer would have becomes very pronounced. I like it. Still enough roasted malt and chocolate to balance it. Aroma lacks the complexity and layers of other top stouts, but is still very nice.

I rather like this one. Not the best RIS I have had, but very bold, unique, and assertive. Not much in the way of bitterness of roasted malt flavor. Anise, chocolate, and booze dominate, in that order for the most part. While the anise/licorice is powerful, it is not overwhelming. There is always enough rich malt backbone to balance it out. Alcohol is assertive throughout. Finish leaves something to be desired, a bit bland.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very creamy and smooth. Makes me want to go back for another sip. Exactly what I want from and RIS.

Glad I finally tried this one. Would definitely buy again when I am looking for a change of pace. An interesting take on the style. It does not have the complexity of others, such as Founders Imperial Stout, but still very enjoyable. I like what Stone has done here.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sliverx for this one... 2007 vintage...

A: Pours black with almost no head whatsoever. All that shows is tiny ring of exceptionally small bubbles around the edges of the glass. There is no lacing to speak of.

S: The nose is raisins, dates, chocolate, and malt.

T: The taste follows the nose. At first I am hit with raisins and dates and other fruity sweetness. The chocolate notes begin to shine as it reaches the middle of the palate. The finish is chocolaty and malty.

M: Full bodied beer. It's incredibly smooth and silky. It hits the palate hard, but slides off nicely.

O: This is a very good imperial stout, and it has held up excellently since 2007. The flavors are still vibrant, and I don't detect much oxidation in the beer. I'm very happy to have been able to try this beer with age on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The version I had was a 2009 consumed in 2013.

A.Thin black texture with a dark brown head.

S.A light scent of dark chocolate and coffee.

T.Fairly sweet for a stout. Majority of the flavor is like the scent. Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla.

M.Full body. Not too thick, goes down real smooth.

Overall this is a good Russian Imperial Stout. Not the best but great for a beer you can get anywhere.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,373 ratings.
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