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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout! great mouth feel and aroma. Pours a small head and goes down quick. This is a great offering by Stone and a top notch stout. When available I will always grab a few. Flat out enjoyable stout that draws you in.

Bottom Line: Like stouts? look no further!

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Release, consumed on 1/25/2013.
Having tried several other elite Imperial Stouts, Stone's loses a bit of lustre in comparison. Same aromatic profile as last year, but a noticeable fuel note even though this has sat for almost a year. Flavor is immensely malty, though still balanced. Bitter finish with hops shining through. Mouthfeel is good, but there's still room for improvement - could be chewier, smoother. This is a beast of stout that seems like it'll drink better with age. Let this one sit for a year or two for optimal enjoyment.

2011 Release.
Intensely black, a taller than expected head, maybe two fingers or so, rises up. It fades to a ring of chocolate mousse colored foam clinging to the snifter. Huge aroma emanating from the glass: a spicy, tobacco-like note upfront, leading to a lots of cocoa powder amidst a background of coffee grinds.

Flavor is huge too - massive dark chocolate flavor, roasted, even charred malt sweetness equally met by bitterness from the roast and the hops. Alcohol warmth is felt but only barely detectable on the palate (in the aftertaste, along with a bit of lingering bitterness). Never have I had such a massively flavorful beer before; my only knock on this is that it feels a bit too carbonated.

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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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