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%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of dense tan foam. Retention is great.

S: Roast, milk chocolate, some dark chocolate, light nuttiness, and even lighter toffee. Mild and fairly straightforward, but pleasant.

T: Dark chocolate, burnt malts, and black licorice. Solid, but I want a bit more. More roast, more sweetness, more complexity. As the beer sits, it gets better and better though. I get a toffee sweetness and nuttiness that comes through.

M: On the thick side with very creamy carbonation. Near perfect.

O: A bit straightforward, but as the beer opens up I enjoy it more and more. Very balanced, very drinkable, very tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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  rDev -7.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Dark black and opaque. Forms a thin tan head. Minimal to no visible carbonation.

S: Roasty chocolate malts. Overall more of a sweet aroma than I expected.

T: Follows the nose, especially the chocolate. There is a bit of spiciness, and maybe some burnt molasses.

M: Nice and velvety, although maybe a smidge thinner than I want. Alcohol is definitely present but doesn't overwhelm.

O: Overall good, solid and reasonably priced big beer. Perhaps I just went into this one with higher than reasonable expectations.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the 2012 release.

A- Poured a beautiful inky black into my brand new snifter. Dense, chocolate colored head with awesome retention and lacing.

S- Almost all coffee and chocolate on the nose. More chocolate tones than I was suspecting. Heavy grain tones come through a little bit, that's the barley flexing its muscle. Slightly sweet smelling.

T- Incredibly well balanced for such a young RIS. Coffee malts hit first, then meld smoothly into chocolate flavors. Just like the scent, the barley base provides a sturdy backbone of flavor, and provides the base for the slightest hop bite. Leaves you begging for more with a slight sweet, yet also surprisingly bitter coffee finish.

M- There are simply not words for how smooth this beer is. No alcohol detectable on the palate, and drinks more smoothly than an oatmeal stout. It's a 95 degree day, and this hits the spot like a DIPA or a pils.

O- This is a terrific brew. Incredibly smooth and satisfying. Drinks so easily, that I feel like cracking open my aging bottle. I will definitely get another bottle if I can. Props to Stone to perfecting a non-BA stout with wide distribution and affordability.

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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

Bottle poured in a DFH tulip 2011 release.

A: pours a deep black color with a deep brown two finger head great lacing.

S: Deep roasty nose sweet barley, coffee, dark chocolate,

T: Nice carb, Rich Roasty/coffee, Mocha, dark chocolate, a touch of alcohol heat, lingering bitterness of rich coffee.

M: a thick chewy beer but a nice dry finish surprisingly drinkable.

O: A great RIS, World class, would like to see how this one ages for 5+ yrs.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

A- Dark, oily black pour with a thick mocha head. No transparency even in the thin part of my tulip glass.

S- Chocolate malts, roasted malts, mocha and cocoa.

T- Strong combination of roasted malts and chocolate malts. A hint of alcohol comes through along with a faint cocoa taste.

M- Velvety smooth, lightly carbonated feel with just the slightest hint of an alcohol burn.

O- Exceptional beer. The taste is great, but the mouthfeel is the real stand out.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

A beautiful black colored ale that pours very thick from the bottle to my snifter. There is one finger mocha colored head that does not last too terribly long.
I smell roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol as it warms. Some nice complexity here with the aromas.
There is some hop bitterness but also roasty malts, coffee and chocolate goodness. This is very flavorful and I am savoring every last drop.
It is smooth and mouth coating and I'm getting a touch of alcohol heat. I am really enjoying this as it goes down.
This stout looks fantastic, tastes fantastic and feels so smooth going down. I've heard and read how good it is and it's taken me this long to find out for myself. The next one will be coming very soon, especially for the great price. This is an excellent value.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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