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:
8,363
Reviews:
2,751
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
820
Gots:
2,336
For Trade:
96
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Ratings: 8,363 |  Reviews: 2,751
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of iLovehops23
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is moderately thick very dark brown, a tan head rises and falls leaving only a small "islands" in the center and a ring around the glass.
The smell of this beer is exceptional, chocolate and brown sugar roasty malts and just enough booze to let you know its a beer.
This is a sweet beer, but the sweetness is balanced with bitter chocolate and molasses, the alcohol is warming and welcomed.
Mouthfeel is nice, moderately heavy for a imperial stout, very smooth, not a "frothing" effect like some RIS's (founders RIS) but the carbonation is good.
I love this beer, I love imperial stouts and this one is in my TOP 5 "non-barrel aged" stouts.

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Photo of msh4k3
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage served in oversized wine glass

A. Pitch black with 1 finger in a half of tan head. Shortly the head receeds to soapy film on the surface.

S. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. Mostly the roated malts!

T. Really complex. chocolate, caramel, coffee flavors hits your palate. Then you get complex blend of roasted malts. Then after the visceral assault from the flavor you get a bit of a bourbonish flavored backend alcohol warming.

M. Really light mild to low carbonation. not oily or anything not a lot of bitterness retention or anything. A bit of alcohol warming so don't pound this thing!

O. Really complex RIS. Its at a great price range, and availability to really load up a nice stash and age it or drink a ton of it. Really up there on my list!

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Photo of Polasiuss
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Garrett
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of fringefocus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of iSip
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout, 22 oz. bomber: Stone brews up some great IPA style beers, but can they make a good stout? Not guaranteed, but in this case Stone comes through with flying colors. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Big aroma lets you know there is a serious stout sitting in the glass. Surprisingly drinkable, with lots of complexity. Flavors range from chocolate to vanilla, molasses to coffee to ginger spice. Flavors keep changing as you make your way through the bottle and as the stout warms. The Oskar Blues Ten Fidy is my favorite Imperial Stout, but the Stone ranks up there and is worthy of working into the rotation. I love the complexity of this brew. A must try for Imperial Stout fans.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice deep deep brown. Cant see through the beer at all. Fluffy coffee brown head that bubbles away rather quickly. Can already tell that the lacing is very good. Massive Massive Nose! Was able to smell this thing from an arms reach away. Big roasted malts with lots of chocolate and coffee. Underlying is vanilla beans and chickory. Smells delightful really.

Big chewy and viscous! Sweet cocoa, vanilla bean and caramel up front. Extremely clean and well blended flavors. Coffee and earthy bitterness creates impeccable balance. The flavors hold up to the brisk carbonation. Drying chalk balanced by roasted malt sweetness. An incredibly simple yet complex beer. In beer advocates top 10 for reason. So mellow and smooth with a delightful creamy character and residual sweetness accompanied by a brisk imperial stout bitterness.

Insanely drinkable.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a Jester King wine glass...

A) Jet black with a brown head. Minimal lacing.

S)Dark Chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla.

T)Get the smokiness, dark chocolate soem anise (but not over bearling), nice coffee finish.

M) Very smooth. What I like about this is you know what the ABV is yet that is under stated so well.

O) What I like the most about this is that it is not an overly sweet interpretation of the style but an approach that leaves the consumer wanting much more than one!

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Photo of Falcone
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Chalice. 2012 bottle

A: Pitch black in color, poured with two fingers of light brown head that faded to a thin skim. Some minor lacing, nice filmy alcohol legs.

S: Dark roastiness, some burnt cocoa and light espresso, light smokiness.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts, some smoke and a decent hop bitterness in the finish, dark fruits round out the flavor. Alcohol is there but nicely hidden, some warmth on the throat.

M: Smooth and full bodied, very oily, soft carbonation.

O: Very impressive and certaintly worthy of the hype. However, I still think I prefer Old Raspy and Ten Fidy to this.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Pitch, tar black but blood red up to light. Good looking legs.

S: Molasses, dark raisins, heavily roasted malt and coffee, and dark cocoa. Smoked meats. Beef jerky. Caramelized brown sugar. Obviously a very complex nose.

T: Wow, I forgot how good this is. Huge roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso beans. Smoky, peaty, just delicious. Some booze at the end but it's welcomed.

M: Massive flavor profile. Palate becomes saturated with sweet, deeply roasted malt and coffee. Way too easy to drink for what this beer is. Nothing becomes cloying or overwhelming.

O: How can this so cheap relative to all other beers of its ilk? It's a benchmark for the style. Such a great beer.

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Photo of jrarthur
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a shifter, pitch black with a small mocha head. Lacing is descent. Alcohol on the nose, coffee, milk chocolate, tobacco, small hop punch. Taste is rich and full bodied, again, chocolate and coffee dominant with hints of tobacco. Even fresh, this is a complex brew, with some age on it it will be excellent.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, served in small Stone goblet. Year: 2012

A- Toasty head, pitch black color with little light diffraction. Only slight shines of ruby.

S- Very subtle smell: tobacco and licorice

T- Chocolate, coffee, anise, and alcohol. Hops balance the malty sweetness well.

M- Extremely viscous, almost creamy

O- A great beer, the nose just doesn't really punctuate until you have a sip, which isn't really a bad thing. Very thick and pronounced. Could mellow out some of the alcohol nicely with with age, overall a wonderful beer as is.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pouring this in a cognac snifter. The body is mega-dark. Practically black with warm tone to it. Finger and a half of cafe con leche head. Ok retention. Fell after a minute or so. 4.0

Peaty and heavily roasted. Dark berries in the nose and a hint of lactose sweetness. Fusel alcohol rides alongside herbal hops. Malty aromas of bitter cocoa and earthy coffee grounds, as well. 4.0

Smoky and strong. Hop presence, typical of a Stone brew, adds to the bitterness. Cocoa, licorice, blackberry, scorched earth, and milk sugars. Alcohol is definitely one of the flavor components, as well, but it's not over-the-top. It shows up again late in the finish with a spicy bite. 4.0

Smooth, creamy, hefty, and packing heat proper. Meant to be a sipper, and it's an enjoyable one. 4.5

I look forward to trying aged IRSs. I have another in the cellar. 4.0

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