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:
8,373
Reviews:
2,757
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark as midnight on a moonless night. A dark khaki, one-finger head tops things off, with decent lacing and retention. Lots of little bubble islands coat the surface of the beer and the lacing wants to crawl up the sides of the glass. No carbonation visible due to the deep black opaqueness. Quite a menacingly bold appearance.

Smell: Lots of big bold chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Some molasses, and maple in there as well. Good balance between the bitter roasty notes and the malty sweetness. Quite a treat for the nose to behold.

Taste: Very smooth blend of the bitter and sweet. Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, some hops, and a nice bite from the alcohol at the end. Lots of things going on in this one; you could sit and ponder for some time on its complexity.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, with a good blend of bitter notes and malt sweetness. Alcohol has a good punch at the end and kind of crawls back up your throat after drinking. Could have been a touch bigger on the front-end, but very delicious nonetheless.

Overall: A very tasty beer that I will seek out again. Very drinkable for the ABV and quite complex.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Early '09 release poured into a Stone tulip.

A - Pours pitch black with a smallish tan head. Lacing is pretty light.

S - Strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee combine with vanilla and a bit of anise to create a very enticing and complex nose.

T - Bitter coffee and licorice up front give way to a smooth, roasty finish. Chocolate, vanilla, and molasses create a whirlwind of complexity and depth. The flavors meld together perfectly. Alcohol is present, but stays out of the way.

M - Full-bodied, rich, and velvety with a warm finish from the alcohol. Carbonation seems low, but there's enough to keep this huge beer from being too overbearing.

O - A classic RIS, and one of the best on the market. Aging brought out layers of complexity that weren't fully developed when this beer was fresh (though it was still excellent a couple years ago). I'm very glad I sat on this for a while and look forward to aging more of it.

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