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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +10.4%
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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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

600ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep oiled like black color forming a thin dark brown head. Small retention and only some lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Biscuity. Notes of dark fruits and coffee. Alcohol can be felt in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Backbone is mainly the malt, very malty beer. End is mainly roasted sweet-bitterness and strong notes of grassy-earthy hops. Excellent bitterness, BTW

M: Heavy creamy body. Molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste

O: Easy drinking. Great beer!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts and dark fruits with some black licorice, coffee, with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness and a booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate with some plum and other dark fruits and a bit of milk chocolate sweetness. Through the middle, some more dark fruit flavor comes through with some black licorice and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted milk chocolate and coffee, with some dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Russian Imperial Stout. Good body and smoothness with a great malty base.

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Photo of fields336
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 6/28/12, Internet was down. 22 oz bottle

Appearance: pours an almost completely opaque black. barely any light getting through. mocha/milk chocolate 2 finger head, bubbles dissipate relatively slow. rings of chocolate lace the edges of the glass. nice head and carbonation for a 10.5%.

Smell: I’m getting coffee, roast, dark chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, charcoal

Taste: sweet up front, roasted coffee, vanilla bean(bitter) dark chocolate, chocolate cherries, figs, plum, with a bitter, earthy, tobacco or charcoal roasty finish. Not smoky, just earthy. a citrusy hop character in the middle, not too prevalent. Alcohol heat and bitterness on the finish.

Feel: full bodied, great carbonation. one of the best parts of this beer, not flat like other IRS’, it cleanses the palate nicely

Overall: This one’ll put hair on your chest. World class. Lives up to the reputation.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark stout served in a scooner. Smells and tastes like expresso with a hint of chocolate. Hard to find on tap - the place I visited multiple times ran out. $6 a pint, but easily my current favorite beer. Drinks slow because it is thick, but not bitter.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Ernest & Scott in Wilmington, DE, the First State.

Black, or very very dark reddish brown, lacks head, thin dark mocha ring around edge. Thick, syrupy, black coffee maybe even espresso. Smell is smokey roasted coffee chocolate and just a bit of bacon. Chocolate frosting cake. Smoke is prominent at any rate. Taste is a bit different, with molasses coming through. Roasted, smokey coffee and bitter chocolate also present with brown sugar. Some carbonation, not creamy, but smooth. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall this is awesome. Having this for desert tonight, very much recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,396 ratings
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