Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with brown and red on the edges and the pour. A large deep mocha head forms and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and booze. About what it should be, with plenty of strength.

Taste is of a classic RIS. Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, very close to the aroma. Only difference is a hop tang.

Texture is nice and thick. Only the ample carbonation makes this feel thinner.

While this is pretty spot on for a RIS, it's not outstanding. And though I find it far better than the anise version, I have had better RIS's recently. The thing that makes this so good is the relatively cheep price. For that, I almost gave it a 5 overall. A great beer, and even better price.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 on draft at Dutch's. Looks good; black with a little head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; deep and malty. Tastes great! One of the best RIS I've ever had. The age does wonders to an already great beer. Mouthfeel is great too, especially for such a big beer (11%). Overall, an excellent brew that I hope to have aged again.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,381 ratings
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