Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,368 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DivaTron
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black, syrupy pour with a scarce head. You can see your future in the lacing.

S- Chocolate, chicory. Just a hint of burnt rubber off a freshly used pencil eraser... takes me back to high school. Now I'm thinking about high school. Now I need a drink... let's continue.

T- At first bold, balanced and bready. There is a taste of charred bbq, chocolate nibs, just a bit of honey, and dark rye bread. This palate retreats overtime to a subtle but poignant bitterness in the center/back of the tongue.

M- Very smooth and full-bodied. Has a creamy velvety texture.

I have a theory that the most satisfying characteristic a beer can have is being temporally dynamic in its feel and flavor. That is, the tastes change drastically from the moment you sip the beer through to a prolonged aftertaste. This stout achieves that quite well, at least for flavor, less for mouthfeel. I think a bit more carbonation would make it more visually attractive, and would help pronounce its feel and presence.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Release

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the faintest hints of very dark brown near the surface when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface as well. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts with significant notes of coffee, anise/licorice, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the dark roasted malts, anise/licorice, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers lightly. Just a hint of alcohol as the beer warms up.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some alcohol warming (which increases as the beer warms).

O: This beer has a great amount of complexity to both the smell and the taste of the beer. This beer is very enjoyable but not the easiest to drink, the high ABV (which is not all that well hidden) makes this one a real sipping beer. Good example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of katan
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark black, motor oil thickness. Strong mocha colored head formation. A bit of lacing on the edges.

S - Chocolate, even a little bit of a oak log burnt note comes through. Hints of graininess in the background. A malt forward stout but the hopping isn'thidden.

T - Starts off strong, malty, edgy even, with quite a bit of chocolate and toffee. Gets a little hoppy in the midstream, some phenolics as well. Finishes sweet, smooth. Graininess shows up in the aftertaste, a little bit puckering, astringent.

M - Full bodied stout - thick and creamy. carbonation is enough to add balance. Super hot from some of the alcohols.

O/d - A very good RIS - tends towards the sweet side which I think is more stylistically correct. The graininess and burnt flavors are there, but in a balanced fashion. A very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deciccos in Brewster.

A: Motor oil black with a big milk chocolate head. Considerable lacing.

S: Dark malty chocolate and coffee roasts.

T: Huge on dark chocolate flavors, some notes of roasted coffee and black currants.

M: Thick like molasses with little carbonation.

O: Very nice stout for a stormy summer day!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,368 ratings.
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