Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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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: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. A surprisingly top-notch Imperial Stout; despite its lofty spot on the BA rankings it’s always a pleasure to find a beer of this quality just sitting on shelves at a perfectly reasonable price.

Pours jet black, tight, creamy brown head; strong retention and lace; chocolate forward aroma with moderate roastiness; hints of anise; faded but lingering hops; very faint booze. The flavor is really nice and well-rounded, balancing some roasted, hoppy bitterness with a bit of sugary sweetness that’s very much in check and is never cloying. Both bitter and milk chocolate flavors emerge, although not quite as prominently as in the aroma. Again there is a light hit of anise and restrained booze; molasses, and faint coffee notes although that is clearly a tertiary flavor component.

Full bodied but not massive; medium to slightly low in carbonation, so it’s very much alive but not fizzy at all; quite smooth and creamy with just a touch of chewy stickiness. Really a pleasure to drink; I’ll grab this anytime I see it from now on and stash them in the cellar. Again it’s a phenomenal buy at 5 or 6 bucks a bomber.

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The Beers of California


Bottled Date: "2012 Release"

A: Motor oil black with a good amount of light brown head which sticks around. The head dissipates to a blanket of lace which both tops the brew and clings to the glass.

S: Rum paired with toasted marshmallows, fresh coffee, dark chocolate, along with subtle notes of figs and raisins.

T: Creamy marshmallows, espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of woody smokiness, dark fruit and figs. A backbone of bready, toasted sugary malts holds up these wonderful flavors ending with some leafy bitterness and a nice warning alcohol finish.

M: Creamy smooth and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Now that the days are finally starting to look a bit cloudy and dreary, it's time to bring out some toasty, dark brews to bring in the holiday season The Stone IRS is a great place to start boasting a 10.5% ABV. A big and flavorful stout showing that California breweries can do more than just brew hoppy ales.

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Bottle From the Fall 2011 Allocation

Appearance: Deep, rich, black pour with an equally rich lacy head.

Nose: Figs, prunes, cocoa, roasted malt with some java hints

Taste: A classic RIS. Rich and thick in the mouth, low carbonation, sweet roasted coffee and malt, seems a little oaky, stewed prunes and raisins

Finish: Toasted and roasted is the theme with this lengthy enjoyable after taste. Sweet malt slowly surrenders to the drying roasted notes.

Balance: A delicious, textbook example of an elite Russian Imperial Stout. Cellared for about a year, served in a pint glass and gradually brought to room temp, this is one to grab a few of and cellar each year. Glad I have a couple more in the bunker.

Suggestion: Grab 'em if you find 'em. Better served in a tulip or snifter.

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