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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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black, with a light cocoa colored thick creamy head. Good lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of cinnamon.

Taste – Burnt malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla. To me, it’s relatively simple, but good.

Mouthfeel – Thick, creamy, light-medium carbonation, and smooth.

Drinkability – Super easy drinking stout, especially at 10.5% abv.

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Photo of jdougherty
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TonyT013
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

I sat for a while with only the word "AMAZING" typed into the review box as I continued to sip away on my first ever Stone IRS.


The look of this beer is amazing. Pours viscous and deliciously dark. Firm pour entices a few fingers of mocha colored head. Dark as sin and just as inviting.

I can smell this beer as it pours, and it's amazing. Typical coffee and chocolate mixed with roasted malts. Smells a little boozy, but there seems to be something unexplainably fruity in this.

Taste is...amazing. One sip and I'm smiling at how I feel that I'm robbing Stone Brewing company. How can they sell this beer at $6.99 per 22oz? This beer is sweeter than most I've tried, and it's out of this world. The creamy molasses and coffee flavors hit and linger. Caramel and malt come though as this warms, and finishes with a slight boozy character. I've read about how well this ages and I can only imagine that the flavor deepens as the alcohol taste disappears. I'm putting one in my cellar.

Stone IRS might have the most amazing mouthfeel of any beer I've tried. It is lusciously creamy with flavors that coat the tongue and don't leave until you are ready for you next sip.

Overall, amazing. This beer is (and defines) what a world class RIS should be. I cannot wait until this beer ages and I get to experience a whole new level of Stone IRS.

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Photo of dlello2
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. 2012 Release

A - Motor oil black. Thick, creamy, mocha-colored head builds quickly. Shows some good retention. Sticky patches of lacing get left behind.

S - Got a good whiff before the cap was completely off. Lots of chocolate coming through. Toasted malts with some caramel hanging around.

T/M - Again, chocolate really comes through in the taste. Layers of it as well. I get a hint of milk chocolate before it turns a more bitter dark chocolate. Really nice roastiness with a little bit of burnt toffee. Creamy, full-bodied, with low carbonation.

O - Awesome! Hard to deny how good this one is at such a reasonable price and availability.

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Photo of rogerthegill
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Canesfan22
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a midnight black with light penetrating only the thinnest of edges. Head is a cocoa powder color and 2 fingers thick, good retention, and leaves behind a spotty lacing.

Smell - Aromas are fairly light. Chocolate and roasted malt notes. Even at warmer temps, not getting much from the aroma.

Taste - Darkly roasted malts. Sweet. Chocolate notes. Flavors feel held back; subdued.

Mouthfeel - Full body. Almost syrupy. Decent carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - Stone is known to brew some aggressive brews, so I'm a little befuddled by this RIS. While all the typical characteristics are there, they seem fairly muted and, dare I say, safe. It's a good RIS, but I can't say it's in my top 10.

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Photo of Steimie
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Kirby
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of G-Hawk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pisano
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2012 vintage

a: pours opaque black with 2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly

s: chocolate, toasty malts, alcohol is definitely present

t: dark roasted malt, chocolate covered espresso beans, slightly sweet, boozy finish

m: rich mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol burn

o: so good but will definitely get better with age

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Photo of Megahertz
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. Wolfbrau House of Beer in St Peters, MO.

A: Pitch black with dark tan head, appears creamy.

S: Roast, chocolate.

T: As chocolatey as you can get without having chocolate in the beer. Very pleasant bitterness helps give an extreme impression of dark chocolate. Bone dry. I want more.

M: Creamy, thick, viscous.

D: Danger, danger, danger. So easy to drink at 10.5% abv...

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Photo of RebornStussy
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of nimrod979
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber "2011 Classic Release"

Appearance - Pours a viscous black with a large pillowy tan head. At least two fingers. Slow to form but it fades a little too quick. A little bit of lacing.

Aroma - Roasted coffee and tons of chocolate malts. Some hops and alcohol detected as well.

Taste - Lots of different roasted malt flavors. Starts out a little sweet. Hints of dark fruits. Burnt roasted coffee. some booziness and some meld hop bitterness that seems to linger. Thought there would be some more complexity but it ends up being a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. thick, chewy.low caronation. Extended bitter finish. Like I said, the beer isn't all that complex but it does its job. Its solid it packs plenty of flavor and is an easy drink with only a slight booziness for a 10.5% beer.

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Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Holland
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black with brown highlights and a thick tan head.

S: sweet roasted malt and hop bitterness, earthy tones.

T: big roasted flavor, caramel, and hop bitterness.

M: medium heavy body and medium carbonation

Overall very nice, but none of the component parts wow me right after I drank a hunahpu's stout. Was better aged a year than it is right now.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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