Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
8,375
Reviews:
2,759
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

poured from the tap at Sidedoor.

Appearance - As Rick James said, "Darkness everybody!" This beer is a viscous oil brown bottomless abyss. Its thick and meaty body came with a 2 finger fluffy tan head. Nothing else to see here folks.

Smell - rich coffee and chocolate demons and that signature Stone smokiness.

Taste - creamy dark chocolate, smokey, and a bitter burnt coffee which punches you in gut. Hints of plum and vanilla. Extremely malty and chewy with the booziness coming through in the end. Very well balanced with the alcohol and dark flavors.

Overall - Delicious. As noted by everyone else this is one of the best imperial stouts around. Hits you with the best and robust flavors a stout has to offer, well-balanced booziness, and sips like a neat bourbon.

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Photo of 57md
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with surprisingly little head for an RIS. Slightly roast in the nose. Solid flavor combination of roasted malt, creaminess and residual sweetness. A complex offering with a subtle, but certainly present alcohol finish.

Update January 2017: I sampled a 2015 vintage from my cellar. The alcohol had certainly smoothed out but there was also a background flavor of stale hops (something I get often with aged Stone beers). On balance, I'd say fresh is better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.50 %

LOOK: Pours the darkest of browns more or less black, with no sediment and cannot see through. Small wisp of light brown head forms and recedes the edges of the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, smoke, cocoa and dark fruits are all present in the aroma. There is also a detection of alcohol, which is to be expected of a stout of Imperial Russian strength.

TASTE: Deeply roasted malts kick things off, with subtle notes of chocolate, coffee, black licorice and vanilla. There is a hint of plum and date as well, and alcohol is quite tame. Pretty tasty and remains roasted and flavorful the whole way through.

FEEL: Full bodied, silky smooth on the palate, medium carbonation, lingering stout flavor sticks with you.

OVERALL: A delicious stout sporting great strength, feel, flavor and general outcome. A stout that does its job and is proud of it. A salud' to Stone for a job well done!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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1/5  rDev -77%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,375 ratings.
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