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

We were at a tasting at the Molen, organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch Beer lady). I forgot who shared this beer with us, sorry for that.

A - A pitch black beer.

S - A strong chocolate smell from burned malts.

T - Chocolade & chocolate

M - A soft carbonation is pleasing my tongue.

O - Very nice and delicious.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 2011 bottled bomber into my Stone RIS glass. The beer poured near pitch black with a very nice, creamy, mocha colored head that was a full finger high. The head receded very quickly, with little lacing.

S - The smell is not overly strong. Lots of roasty aromas, malty, coffee, and maybe a little chocolate.

T - Strong roasty flavors at the start of the sip, the coffee flavors are very prevalent and results in a very nice dry bitterness. As the sip finishes, the taste is on the spicy side, both from the hops and from the alcohol content. Speaking of the 10.5% abv, while it is noticeable, it is not too much, as there really is not any heat from it. There is also a very good aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth for quite some time. I really love this taste of this stout.

M - The mouthfeel of this brew is awesome. Not too thick, definately not thin. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - This is a great RIS. I really wish this was available year round. I also wish I picked up a few bottles to age (that is, if I could keep my hands off of it).

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Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours a pitch black color, thick 1 finger head, mocha head, long lasting with lots of good lacing.

S. Smells of lots of chocolate, oates and malt

T. Tastes of strong chocolate, light lactose, and malty rich grains.

M Thick bodied, very chewy and long lasting bold mouth flavor.

O. A great beer time and time again. I have a few bottles of this same vintage aging in the cellar. I can't wait to open them in a year or two.

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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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