Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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4.33/5
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Imperial Russian StoutImperial 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
2,771
Ratings:
8,413
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
840
Gots:
2,332
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,413 |  Reviews: 2,771
Photo of Alpha-Leader
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of -steve-
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and opaque. Thick, brown foam that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.
Smell: Chocolaty, caramel goodness. Mahogany, coffee. So excited to try this beer.
Taste: Chocolate, thick and boozy. This is a decadent brew.
Feel: Viscous beer coating the tongue with multiple flavours.
Overall: Wonderful beer.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this at the bar the other night and my buddy said it's to warm to be drinking Imperial Stouts. Well glad I didn't listen to him because this is possibly one of the very best Imperial Russian Stouts I have ever had. The roasted malts in this were perfection and it was one of the smoothest beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Riff
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid black color with a light tan head about a half finger thick. Smells of milk chocolate and dark fruits, with a malty background. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, a slight bit of bitterness throughout, fading to some dark fruit. Hint of coffee and slight hint of alcohol. Medium heavy body, creamy. Fantastic, solid Russian stout.

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Photo of Michiganman2325
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of AugustusRex
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 release.

A: opaque; very dark brown - virtually black; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; light lacing;

S: mostly milk chocolate; a hint of coffee; as it warms, dark fruit becomes prevalent;

T: deeply roasted grains up front; milk chocolate comes in quickly, but by the middle, it's all dark fruit through the finish;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: complex aromas and flavors;

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Photo of Jtee
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 650ml bottle served at 20 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The bottle has been aged for 14 months.

Look: The beer looks like your standard, well-built imperial stout. It pours an opaque black with red highlights along with two fingers of dense, mocha head that settles to a cap within two minutes. Poor lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted malts and dark fruit esters right off the bat. Additional malty notes of coffee, black licorice, dark chocolate, and bonfire smokiness. Faint caramel. Hop-wise there's a strong herbal presence. Some mineral and metallic notes have increased during the aging process. I'm also noticing a tiny note of wet cardboard which I attribute to the bottle not always being at the right temperature during the cellaring.

Taste: Strong, rich, and bitter. Roasty-burnt dark malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Moderate dark fruit esters. Just like in the nose, there is a significant herbal hop character that shoots through the malts. The finish is long, strong, and warming.

Feel: Full body with medium-light carbonation. Heavy and thick with some chewiness. There's a considerable alcohol warmth without it being hot. A notable astringency.

Overall: In a word: intense. Big aroma and flavour bound to take your senses for a ride. My kind of beer and just short of world-class. Buy yourself a bottle when you get a chance.

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Photo of dazedman
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GregA1371
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half inch tan head that dissipated quickly but left decent lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, bitterness of coffee grinds, roasted malts, hint of smoke and dark fruits. Lightly carbonated, medium to heavy bodied, thick and creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer, to be sipped and savored.

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

2016 release bottled 3/13/16

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage because whatever

L - Black as my heart with less than a finger of khaki-colored head

S - roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, cherry

T -intense roast with smoke and tobacco, dark chocolate and dark coffee grounds

F - smooth, no alcohol, a big sipper

O - damn good RIS, no surprise it's stood the test of time

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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

Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,413 ratings