Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

8,373 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 legalpete19340
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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Photo of nicholas527
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%

Photo of 486Danny
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Tpsauer
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of crashoveride
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BarleyWineRox
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Shackman
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of xxcarpxx
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of PDR84
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from undated bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours like oil to the glass with a nice huge 2 finger tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks great.

S - Very aromatic. Roasted coffee, molasses, charcoal, roasted barley, a little fruity. The alcohol is present but the head isn't a deterrent and seems to blend nicely among the other characteristics.

T/M - Full bodied with an almost syrup viscosity. The beer starts sweet with the malty and fruit character found in the nose (currants?). The malty backbone of the beer provides a nice foundation from which the mild bitterness builds. A lot of coffee and chocolate flavors. Very good. The alcohol again is noticeable but not overpowering or overly hot. The beer finishes surprisingly smooth.

O - Excellent beer. I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it before. Definitely one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Look: Black, Black, and more black. 3/4 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing and a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, and some licorice

Taste: Roasted malt starts the beer off and lingers for quite a while. Mid palate you get some chocolate covered dark fruit notes with the back end finishing with a touch of roasted coffee and some bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: Very good example of the style. Highly recommended

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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,373 ratings.
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