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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head. No lacing is left.

S - Vanilla, alcohol, molasses, oak, and more alcohol.

T - The taste is much less itimidating than the smells leads you to believe. A medium amount of black coffee up front with a mild oakyness in the middle met by a medium alcoholic finish without the alcoholic burn.

M - Surprisingly, medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

O - Does this beer belong in the top 100...In my honest opinion, no it does not. I have
had better stous at a much lower price. It is a good beer though. But I would not pay $8 for another 22oz bottle

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and dense black, essentially no color coming through this beer at all, with a thick, creamy, deep-tan head that has great staying power. Nice lacing left on the glass, especially for a RIS. The nose hits with some bittersweet chocolate and dense, dark fruit sweetness (think raisins and prunes). The initial taste is very sweet to the tongue, following heavy with that raisin-prune flavor, along with bits of anise. Roasted malts are plentiful as well as the bittersweet chocolate flavor that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Halfway through the sip, the oats, grains, woody, and burnt oak flavors come alive followed by a final bite of bitterness that resonates in the mouth upon swallowing. Coffee is heavy and noticeable as the main aftertaste in this one. Very nice. Very heavy and creamy with medium-low carbonation.

Good RIS here. In the beginning, a bit too sweet for my tastes, however, as it warms up, it becomes more balanced with the deep oats, grains, oak, and coffee flavors. This beer definitely gets better as the glass gets warmer and the sweetness starts to mellow out a bit.

EDIT: 4/5/2013

2007 vintage, thanks Chris. Either this beer transforms amazingly with age, or my palate has been refined over the last half year, but this was much better than I remember it from the first time (and I still thought it was pretty good). Less of the nearly-cloying anise and licorice (much less, actually) and quite a bit more cocoa powder and even a hefty dose of coffee beans in the aftertaste. Decent roast from the malts and still a solid alcohol warmth after all these years. Mouth feel wasn't as amazing as I remembered it, though. No oxidation - wow.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,363 ratings.
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