Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,363 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hopstamon
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a fair sized bronze/tan head; beautiful.

S - Rich chocolate, subtle coffee and tied together by roasted malts.

T - Lots of dark roasted malts up front with a chocolate inspired sweetness throughout. At this high ABV, the boozyness is subtle--but detectable.
Beyond all of these tastes, I get some dark fruits in the background, which add a bit more and make this stout truly fantastic.

M - Bold, big body while remaining creamy and smooth.

O- I enjoy this version each year that it comes out. I drink some immediately, and cellar a few bottles for 1-2 yrs... wonderful when fresh & exceptional when aged.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Jet black color with a 2-finger creamy brown head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate aromas along with other scents of dark fruits and vanilla. Definitely a strong earthy and floral hop presence. Smells pretty good with none of the aromas really taking center stage. All of the different scents are definitely layered, and you have to take your time to pick all of them out.

T - Starts of sweet with raisin, vanilla, and chocolate flavors, building to a roasted malt and coffee bitterness, and finally finishing with a floral hop bitterness. The taste of alcohol is slightly apparent. Very tasty and well-balanced.

F - Medium-to-full bodied, nice carbonation, velvety smooth and sticky mouthfeel, and a nice bitter and dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time but fruity sweetness lingers longer. Smooth throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This was a very nice RIS. A larger hop presence than I was expecting (although I should’ve known better with Stone), but it was balanced well with the other flavors and really added to the overall taste and mouthfeel. I usually like my stouts with more roasted coffee and chocolate flavors but I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of vic21234
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 release bomber bottle poured into a snifter straight from the cellar.

A- Pours pitch black with a surprising 2 fingers worth of a khaki colored head. The head sticks around for awhile and forms some nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. The alcohol is also slightly noticeable in the smell.

T- This RIS actually has quite the hop bite. Up front I get coffee notes more than anything. It finishes off rather hoppy. An interesting take on the RIS.

M- Heavy, thick, a definite sipper. The alcohol is there but not overly hot.

Stone is one of my favorite craft brewery's and they certainly don't disappoint. Awesome stuff and priced very reasonably.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MacQ32
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a thick near black with a full finger+ of toffee colored head. Excellent lacing and retention

S - strong roasty coffee notes with some nice sweet slightly burnt chocolate. Definitely some dark fruits in here, likely prunes.

T - exactly as it smells but with a much less obvious presence of dark fruit. Mostly bitters, minimal sweetness.

M - very smooth, fairly creamy. Near full bodied, low carbonation. Very nice drink

O - one of my favorite stouts, very roasty bitter a nice underlying sweetness and a very smooth thick brew. I would think lactose was used to get it this thick and smooth but don't think it was based on taste

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rtaps
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


pours oil black with a nice brown head decent retention and looks mildly viscous, leaving some spotty lacing behind

not very complex on the nose but the aroma that is here are big, roasted chocolatey and some coffee

a lot of roasted notes, chocolate and some hops can be found with just a hint of nuttyness

light-medium bodied and mildly viscous

overall its good easy to drink and i typically not a fan of hoppy stout but it works here

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Poured a dark black color, next to no transparency to this beer. It is uber-dark for sure. Nice big tan head, about two fingers, which sticks around for about a fourth of the brew before dissipation. Superb lacing where the head had been.

Smell – Dark chocolates, mocha, malts, and a bit of charred or burnt residue in the nose of this brew lends to its complexity.

Taste – Following the nose closely, it is a smooth and creamy front and middle with a nice chocolate, cocoa, malty flavors at the back end of the sip. As the brew warms it gets more boozy, and the alcohol becomes more of a factor in the taste, but the aforementioned flavors are also enhanced.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy, with a nice bitter edge to finish things out, especially as the beer warmed. Average carbonation, not too heavy but thick enough to know it’s a stout at least.

Overall – This is a pretty good brew, one I would likely drink again and certainly if it was free. I have not bought into Stone Brewing like some I have seen, but they produce good beers no doubt. I just prefer a different style than theirs, that’s all. If you are a RIS fan, this is a must-try, for it is a solid example of the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,363 ratings.
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