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Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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4.33/5
Outstanding
8,399 Ratings
Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#392
Reviews:
2,764
Ratings:
8,399
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
834
Gots:
2,338
Trade:
93
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Ratings: 8,399 |  Reviews: 2,764
Photo of Budlum
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMc8ride
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kmachulda
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The stout was very black in appearance with a mocha colored head and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet chocolate malts comes through in the nose.

Taste - The sample was a 2010 vintage. It was like a riverbof smooth chocolate. Any bitterness seems to have gone away with age.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was very modest which allowed the sweetness to shine.

Overall- If this beer were released differently, it would be a whale.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***bottled 3/5/2015
***Today is 3/21/2017

L: pours a see through black with a film of head that fades fast. Pitch black in the glass
S: dark malt, dark roast coffee and dried cherries.
T: much like the nose. Big flavors. The bitterness is huge, hard to drink honestly.
F: quite dry finish and big bitterness. Medium thickness.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Russian Imperial is simply outstanding. We cracked open a bopttle that might have been 3 years old. Super smooth to say the least. Dark pour . Smell of roasted malts, coffee , caramel, with chocolate and mocha espresso. What a rooler coaster of flavors and all are spot on. This should be no suprise based on the quality of Stone over the yeras.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2016 release. dominant on the roast and dark chocolate with some prune-y dark fruits that open up ever so slightly on the finish. perfect bitterness to cap the richness off. a phenomenal imperial stout
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2016 release, bottled 03/23/16. all of the above plus a bit of licorice/anise flavour. one of the best imperial stouts ever!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel-colored head. Retention is short, with fair lacing, but this bottle has also been aged. Aroma is huge, dark, and complex, with notes of caramel, earthy barley, and bread malts. Flavor profile is dark and complex. Notes of caramel, peat moss, earthy barley, and bready malts form a filling, huge, experience of a stout. Mouth feel is filling, thick, with a consistent graininess to it. Overall, this beer packs a presence. It's huge and dark all the way around. A very earthy, and simple, but tasty flavor profile combined with a huge, but not over compensating, presence relegates this beer to an excellent sipper.

Served in a teku. 2015 version.

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Photo of Timtac
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoreyC
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 so maybe close to 4 years old
Really good. I see why this is so highly rated and regarded for aging. Very, very smooth. No bite whatsoever. Chocolate forward flavor with the roasted malts.
Highly recommend, specifically if you like to age RISs.

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Photo of Chlorizzle
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sold on this. Kind of watery despite the booziness and much too sweet and syrupy for the style. Not that I like stouts much mind you, except a select few. I received two as gifts, I will finish and forget them.
The highlight here is the nose. All else is forgettable.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoild
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color with a nice dark tan head of about an inch. Not much lacing present which is the only thing keeping this from a 5 rating for look. Love the jet black color of this beer.

Smell: Heavy aroma of dark fruits on the nose along with some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Notes of licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a hint of alcohol burn but this is smooth for the ABV.

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied.

Overall: This is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that I have had. Disappointed this beer is not being brewed for a 2017 release as I would have definitely picked up a case again. Hopefully this one makes an appearance in 2018 as I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and roasted malts. Medium bodied. Holding up extremely well. This is a superb regular stout. Shorter, dry finish. Delicious.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,399 ratings
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