Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
8,385 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 +3.9%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 24oz mug from a 22oz bomber.

When you think Stone you think southern cali hops and lots of them. (I expected something like Old Rasputin). Well your not going to get them here, Stone's ability to stay true to style is dead on.

As discribed it does pour like and looks "like Siberian crude" Perfect pour with a 1 finger head that is foamy like a memory foam mattress.

Dark chocolate and a sweet alcohol smell with an almost burnt roasted malt under tone. One smell activates those bitter taste buds on the back of your tounge.

It tastes sweet at first but here comes the bitter finish, and you can taste all the complex roasted malts, coffie and dark fruits in between.

The mouthfeal can be discgrbed as thick chocolate milk and it is a smooth drink, you want to drink it slow to enjoy all the flavors involved. I started out cold but when I got to the bottem of the glass the mouth feal changed as the temp did.

Overall outstanding, true to the beer type. And as always with Stone a good read on the back of the bottle and cool art on the front.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours pretty darn dark with a nice light brown head.

Lots of dark fruit on the nose. A big roastiness plays along with the dark fruit notes. A slight dark chocolate aroma as well. The licorice, hops and alcohol are detectable and round out the profile nicely.

More big dark fruit and roasty coffee notes. Some yummy dark chocolate. Licorice. The alcohol is there, but it’s not slowing me down as I down this beer.

Oh my god this is heavenly on the tongue. Big, smooth, and creamy. Fairly dry.

One of the best widely available stouts on the market.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle poured into chalice

Smells: Hops, Roasted Malt, coffee

Taste: Alcohol, burnt malt, coffee, and alcohol again at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Elixir-like and warming

Overall, this is a brilliant beer that deserves your attention, forthwith. Furthermore, this brew is seated high with Founders Imperial Stout, and my personal favorite: Old Raspy!!

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: black bodied beer with one finger of brown head. thin and spotty lace cling onto the glass.

Smell: Lots of smoke and roast. Hints of black licorice, dark chocolates, and molasses.

Taste: This beer is really smoke and roasty just like the nose. Dark chocolates and mild coffee notes. The black licorice is farily prominent along with the smoke and roast. Finish has a little bit of earthiness with the roast that does not finish very bitter, that surprised me a little bit.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a low carbonation levels. The beer is also surprisingly drinkable with just a little bit of warming alcohol noted. Its thick and creamy.

Overall: This is probably my favorite stone beer to date. Its just a really solid RIS. It exceed my expections and its got a nice price at 7 dollars a bomber.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a stout glass.

Pours black as can be with a little bit of brown around the edges if you hold it up to the light. About 1/2" of light brown/tan head that goes away very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing to speak of.

Smells of roastiness, some dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses and maybe a bit of dark fruit. Some alcohol is also present in the smell, not surprising for a beer at 10.5%ABV.

Somewhat sweet on the front of the tongue, but that gives way to a burnt, roasted bitterness. Dark chocolate. Burnt toast. Coffee. The alcohol makes it self known as well. Just enough sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel somewhat thinner than I anticipated, but not thin by any means. Has a warming quality from the alcohol presence.

Overall a fine Imperial Russian Stout. Stone is pretty consistent in making great beers, this is no exception.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8,385 ratings
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