Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,363 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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

A: Poured near black with a big chocolate milkshake colored head. Head fell quickly but laced like a monster.

S: Bits of smoke and leather bounce out of a strong chocolate cake nose. Subtle grain in the background. There is a bright sweetness too, seems like cherries or maybe raspberries.

T: Starts off rich and chocolatey with a bit of coffee then blends seamlessly into chocolate covered cherries. The sweetness grows until its just about too much then a very earthy and grassy hop note wipes out the sweetness. The finish is a long awaited roasted malt note that smacks of burnt toast. The alcohol is hidden until you sit for a minute and the warmth creeps up.

M: Thick and creamy like chocolate milk.

O: Great RIS. The only thing holding it back for me is the lack of dark roasted malt flavor. Felt it was a bit sweet. Truly a great beer and a must have. If I see it I will drink it. Had the opportunity to try a 2010 and 2011. The 2010 lost some of the sweetness, and picked up a salty, soy sauce character. This beer cannot go wrong. Too drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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