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Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1000th review!!

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A - pours like slick oil; pitch black in color with a soft, brown head that is short-lived

S - chocolate, black licorice, alcohol, anise, roasted malts

T - rich chocolate, a hint of vanilla, roasted malts, black licorice, alcohol

M - full bodied, big alcohol warmth, smooth, good carbonation

This is a pretty amazing Russian Imperial Stout even if it is a bit boozy. The alcohol is prevalent, but the chocolate notes are creamy and rich. It's a pretty solid offering that's worth checking out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black in color, with a bubbly brown head about one finger high. Dissipates fast leaving little lacing.
The smell is dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.
The taste is phenomenal! Great balance from the beginning. Delicate dark fruit flavors incorporated in coffee and dark chocolate. Not to bitter, not to sweet, just right. Good carbonation, great mouthfeel.
What a wonderful Stout!

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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deepest jet black with nice brown head that slowly creeps down the glass.

S: Roasted malts, booze, coffee, a bit of dark fruit. The booze is more prevalent than I expected, still nice though.

T: Licorice, coffee and honey with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Feels a bit simple to me, but there's nothing wrong with it.

M: Thick body with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

This is a good RIS, but it never blew me away. A bit one dimensional.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.

Appearance: Black. Head is a minimal dark fan. Pours heavy. Tiny collar.

Smell: Roasted malts for days. Some char, burnt malts and a backing caramel sweetness. Loads of roasted flavor. Some wine. Big sweetness. Mild hints of citrus from the hops. Some baker's chocolate and bitter cocoa. Booze coasts through the back. Nice burnt compliment.

Taste: Mega roasty. Char and burnt malts. Big sweetness comes through and helps temper the burnt. Some vinous hints. Maybe a touch of oak. Runs some molasses and dark overcooked sugars. Great depth of flavor with enough complexity to carry it through.

Mouthfeel: Just crosses in to full body. Carbonation is minimal. Smooth with a slightly dry edge.

Overall: This is the baseline by which all other Imprrial Stouts are judged. It's got great flavor and ease of access makes it even better. I've had this beer every year since 2008. It ages with the best of them and drinks well fresh. It just is that good.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release. Bottled on 3/15/13 poured into a goblet.

Pours a pitch black color with a half inch thick beige head. Nice looking pour. Smell is amazing. Dark chocolate and cocoa, not too overpowering, just right. One of the best smelling RIS's ive had the pleasure of enjoying. Taste lives up to the smell as well. Great balance of chocolate and malts. Not too thick or thin. Not creamy nor syrupy. Wonderfully balanced. The chocolate is the main flavor but again, it's not overpowering. Just right. Heavy body with low carbonation, but quite easy to drink for the style.

Overall this was the first RIS i ever had and going back to the 2013 version a few years later and I remember why i fell in love with this beer and style. While i have had a few that I've prefered since then (old rasputin, batch 9000) this one is truly top of the line. And being so readily available and cheap is a huge plus as well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this already. Oh well.
2012 release. 3/4 bottle into DFH snifter. 1/4 into roast marinade :D

A- Pitch black pour with a creamy two finger tan head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso, slight char to the back end of it. Brown sugar, licorice and leather.

T- Dark bittersweet chocolate, medium roasted coffee, licorice, molasses brown sugar, vanilla and a good amount of burnt toast.

M- Full bodied, decent carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O- I had a mini vertical 2009-2011 but I was impatient and drank them. I bought extras of this to start again, glad I did.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,389 ratings
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