Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,362 Ratings
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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Photo of rippedflesh89
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

This beer pours pitch black as you would expect from a stout this size. It has the aroma of roasted malts ans well as some chocolate. The flavor matches the nose and really has a nice big bitterness to help keep the beer drinkable. There an alcohol presence but it isn't too much and the beer is about as drinkable as it needs to be. An IRS that really holds the standard.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Argion
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer some time ago. Forgot I had it in the fridge. Lucky that I found it. This was a 2012 release bottle.

A: Pours like a very dark espresso, dark and thick. No noticeable head with the exception of a trace on the side of the glass.

S: Almost smells like tawny port wine.

T: This is a strong beer and you can feel it from the first sip. Very chocolaty flavour, a bit bitter but not too much.

M: Leaves a strong aftertaste in the mouth. Feels full however and pleasant.

O: Compares very favorably to the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout as well as the Old Rasputin that is my current favority. I would still say I prefer Old Rasputin a litle bit more but I was pleasantly surprised by this imperial stout.

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Photo of jakea
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gpawned
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black espresso color with a finger and a half worth of milk chocolate head that dissipates quickly to a blotchy head of lace. 

S: Dark roasted malt tones with coffee and burnt sugar coming thru with dark coffee aromas mixed with a very light dark chocolate scent. 

T: Roasted malt and toffee come thru on the palette first making way to the dark chocolaty flavored to follow. Ever so slight hint of caramel on the aftertaste works very well and theres a hint of alcohol. Lacks the smokey or chat flavoring some RIS have but I don't miss it. Nothing masks or overpowers the flavors here. Done very well. 

M: mild carbonation leaves a lightly creamy feeling on the tongue. Slight dry feeling towards the end but it's very light especially for the higher ABV. 

O: Very good RIS, not nearly as bold as some I've had. Lots of flavor and everything balances quick nicely. Would give it a slightly higher rating if the head stuck around a bit longer as this went down fairly quick compared to others. May have been this bottle though.  Another great Stone brew. 

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Photo of brystmar
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010.

Handsome tan head forms at the surface, depositing splotches of foam on my glass. Retention is good but not great.

Roasty & boozy nose, plus caramel and toffee. Taste follows suit: skillful mix of roasted malts and dark coffee meets aged booze. Deserves a 4.25; rounding down here and up on the Overall score.

Alcoholic character is strong and prominent, which is surprising for an imperial stout that's "only" 10.5%. Granted, it's integrated reasonably well but still hinders drinkability.

Been at least a year since my last Stone IRS, and this was better than I remembered. Maybe it's the time on this bottle, maybe I just don't give Stone enough credit these days. Regardless, this is a tasty stout and remains one of the best values in craft beer.

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Photo of lalaloveyou
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle enjoyed on 7/31/12 in a Bell's tulip.

Pour: Black as midnight with a half finger khaki head that recedes to nothing quickly.

Smell: Espresso, raison, and a deep roastiness. Wow this has become incredible over time.

Taste: Follows the nose with bitter espresso and dark chocolate. Boozy raisons and figs with a hefty amount of roasted malts finish.

Mouthfeel: Still a little boozy but just barely. So much smooth. Consistency of motor oil and is slick through the sip.

Overall: The is a classic example of cellaring making a world class beer even better. Pumped I have another 2007 and a 2008.

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Great looking bottle in the typical Stone fashion.

Appearance: Poured out of a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. Pours out an oily black with a 1 ¼ finger thick dark tan foam head. Head retention was great sticking around for almost 4min(3:53) before finally fading into a thick tan foam coating. Very good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Large roast coffee smell with heavy roast chocolate malts. The aroma is amazingly complex with hints of dark fruits throughout. Tons of roast throughout. Alcohol lingers slightly in the aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Flavor is very big on dark fruit and roasted malts on the front end before giving way to chocolate and molasses sweetness. Back end is dominated by deep roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol is evident and can be tasted but not overpowering.

MouthFeel: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very Very Very drinkable. Has a complexity that while well balanced is very intense.

Overall/Comments: One of the most complex beers I have ever had. An excellent brew that takes the taste buds on a ride! 10.5% ABV so be careful! Limited 2012 Release. Initial tasting 4/26/12

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. Nose of anise and dark chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee are there but on the back burner. Slightly boozey but not very noticeable. Coffee comes across more strongly in the taste. Its dark roasted coffee and chocolate with a vein of anise running throughout. The flavors all blend together towards the end and fade out leaving hints of coffee and black licorice behind.

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Photo of duracell
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a ligh brown, rocky head which has a good rentention, leaving a thing layer at the surface which last till the glass is empty. 4.5/5

S - Bold malty character with chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Hop is well present and balances nicely the malt. 4.5/5

T - Strong maltiness upfront with a super smooth feeling. After that comes a fresher flavor from the hop next to some liquorice. The aromatic hop (herbal character) becomes more intense as the beer warms. Just the right amount of alcohol to add some spiciness to it. 5/5

M - Low carbonation which suits the brew perfectly for an extra smooth feeling. Full body with a finish on the sweet side. Moderate bitterness that accentuates as the beer warms. 4.5/5

O - An outstanding Russian Imperial Stout with a typical American influence that some might find too intense but that I enjoyed very much! Excellent drinkability, bold flavors, good complexity... Definitely a World-class beer! 4.5/5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into a Stone snifter. Thick and oily in appearance with a thin tan head.

Smell is heavy with toasted malts, dark chocolates and molasses.

Taste follows closely with lots of molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and oak.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Very full-bodied and smooth.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,362 ratings.
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