Stone Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Imperial Russian Stout
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a vintage 2008 bottle into a DT tulip glass.
Dark brown color as it pours, but absolutely pitch black once it is in the glass. Zero light penetration.
One finger tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is all chocolate and dark fruits. Feels like chocolate covered raisins, chocolate malt balls, faint notes of what comes across as ripe flesh of sugar apple fruit, and then some more raisins, some licorice. There is a lot going on in the aroma, it's an all out assault on the nares.
Wow, one word to describe the effect of age on this stout is "fantastic". It is so damn smooth...WOW. Bitterness upfront on the tongue, before the smooth bittersweet maltiness coats the palate beautifully. There is definitely a hint of alcohol burn in the finish, but at no time does it feel like this stout stands at 10.8% alcohol. The alcohol on the tongue is masked really well.
The aroma and flavors just get so much more complex as the beer warms up and breathes.
Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. I can't think of anymore words that can do justice to this stout. The only think I can say is go and get one, especially if you see a vintage bottle.
One of the best interpretations of a Russian Imperial Stout.
A 'must-have' for every beer lover and every stout lover.
Highly, highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. 2011 release. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with dark, bitter chocolate. It has a bit of a floral hop presence as well. A bit of alcohol as well. The initial taste has some bitter chocolate, then comes a bit of coffee roastiness and a bit of hops. There is also some dark fruits, plum, and a hint of cherry. The finish has a decent bitterness to it and a hint of alcohol, but not nearly as much as in the nose. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. Low-medium carbonation. Great beer, especially when you consider the price.

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

Took me forever, but finally I got around to this brew.

A: The hard pour into a snifter created a 2 fingered, cocoa brown frothy head that exhibited darn good retention and lacing. Body, to be expected, was dark as night.

S: Potent, dark chocolate malts backed with coffee notes and molasses.

T: Such a well balanced brew. The bitter, semi-sweet dark chocolate flavors are accompanied so well with vanilla, coffee and earthy notes. Of course Stone upped the hop profile, which made this RIS truly unique and exceptionally enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied for the variety, slightly dry, silky smooth coating the mouth completely.

O: Glad I finally was able to enjoy this wonderful, well distributed brew.

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

2009 Vintage poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours an opaque black with one finger dark mocha head. Head disappears but leaves a slight ring. No lacing.

Smells of black strap molasses, rich coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Strong roasted malts are also present.

Very rich flavor - tastes of strong coffee, licorice, and chocolate. Not too boozy considering the 10.5% abv and becomes smoother as it warms up.

The mouthfeel is thick & cream; full bodied with not much carbonation.

Overall this is a great example of the style. Big aromas and flavors without being too boozy. This beer is a winner.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,381 ratings
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