Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic thick oily black look to this one, topped with a nice fluffy tan head. There is proper lacing going on later as I drink the beer down. As for the aroma, I am primarily enjoying dark fruit esters such as raisin & fig. The taste is smooth and sublime... very balanced between the dominant aforementioned dark fruits, molasses, toasted malt, and even a faint hopped flavor that edges its way in. The mouth feel and alcohol heat are just right, not too heavy like you may assume. Pleasantly dry finish that leaves you thirsting for more... Overall a practically perfect RIS!

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque onyx with a foamy half inch chocolate head that dissipates slowly, leaving light lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, dark berries, and light notes of chocolate and roast malt form the initial aroma. A bit more subtle than expected. Raisins emerge as it warms.

Deeply caramelized malt, toffee, burnt breadcrust, brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate are evident in the initial sip. Dark berries, raisins, and a bit of sherry underlie the flavor profile. The finish is fairly roasty and a touch dry.

Body is fairly thick, with carbonation on the low side, and significant alcohol warmth.

Excellent combination of roast character and fruity esters. Just enough sweetness to counter the roast dryness. A bit alcoholic, but delicious.

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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber - 2012 batch. sampled on February 9, 2013.

The pour is black with a modest, silky brown head that settles down after a moment to a ring around the glass.

Loads of interesting aroma including dark roasted malts, currants or other dark fruits, coffee, and a mellow hop note that some might think is alcohol.

The body is bold and smooth.

The taste is vibrant with mouth coating dark malts, sweetness, and a mild lingering hop bitterness. But smooth. The 10%+ alcohol is well-integrated into this beer yet it brings on a definite light-headedness if drunk too quickly. This is a fine Imperial Stout and could easily be on my Top 10 favorite beers list.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly a Czar of beers. Pours like black Siberian crude. Leaves all other stones turned. A royalty that puts even Mr. Smith on the defensive. This beer has the power to command your attention. Afore all to God in Heaven - Hail! And to our Czar on earth - Hail!

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,381 ratings
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