Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
8,385 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

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

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2011 vintage - poured into a Guinness glass

I've been saving this for a blustery cold night, and it finally has arrived. Poured viscous and black, like crude oil. A finger of mocha head quickly reduced to a thin layer with almost no lacing on the glass. Smelled of sweet roasted malt like breakfast cereal, with some coffee bean and chocolate notes - unbelievably appealing. This may about as perfect a smell as I can imagine for this style. Decadent and rich are two words that came to mind with the first taste of this brew. There was a strong roasted character throughout the taste with a slight lingering sweetness of dark fruit. Definitely a booziness about it as well, and lots of baker's chocolate bitterness. It was a very complex taste - lots of delicious flavors. Mouthfeel was heavy - a little bit of carbonation and lots of creaminess. The mouthfeel very nicely complimented the flavor.

Overall, this was a fantastic beer. I'm a big fan of this style, and this is as good a take on it as anything I've tried before. Draining a bomber on my own was far too easy, and I'll be looking for this one annually. I'm curious to compare it to the Belgo version, but that's for another review!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, with about 8 months on it, poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice.

A - Almost pitch black in pour with a head just dark enough. Think light-and-sweet coffee. Lacing is great, and the head lasts for a bit.

S - Very unique. It has that standard RIS aroma with a scarcity of roasted malt. Very unique malt profile. Caramel and toffee is very pronounced.

T - This is where this brew shines. Very caramel/toffee forward. With around 8 months on the bottle I'm surprised at how much hop bitterness and flavor it retained. The caramel notes are what set this apart from other Russian Imperials. It's up front and it follows through all the way into the aftertaste. Awesome.

M - At 8 months, this brew is on the way to being perfect as far as mouthfeel goes. It has enough carbonation, maybe even a tad too much. A bit thin in body, and could probably use a thicker mouthfeel and creamier carbonation. Time will do this beer well.

O - Absolutely a must buy every year. This is one of the standards of the RIS style. If you happen to see any vintage bottle at the store, buy it. You won't be disappointed. I have one sitting for a bit longer, maybe I'll go 12-18 months and revisit. It can only get better.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
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