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:
8,368
Reviews:
2,755
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
826
Gots:
2,337
For Trade:
94
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Ratings: 8,368 |  Reviews: 2,755
Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlandy
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevesbeer
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headbangingteacher
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite all around beers. The pricing is great, it holds up incredibly well, and it is one of Stone's best made beers. Fresh,this beer is great,but a year+ and it becomes excellent. The chocolate comes a little more forward and the classic roast Fla or from the style settles nicely in balance with it.

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Photo of Phurley2
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beernooph
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of g4670
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J10Jordan
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nightmare1972
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong beer on the nose, not because the 10% but because the roastiness coffee and some chocolate notes. Pours basically a bitch black decent head from the bourbon style snifter glass. Not hard to find and also enjoyable to drink

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Photo of beersgud
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ragnar3
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage - poured from the bottle into a tulip. Rich chocolate with a well balanced roastiness. Solid mouthfeel, minimal apparent alcohol at 10+%.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoubleBaco
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ewhite2121
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Pours a viscous opaque black, reminiscent of motor oil, with a two finger fluffy mocha color head. Aroma is dark fruit, black currant, dark and bittersweet chocolate, a roasted malts. Taste follows with big dark fruits, definite black currant, big notes of dark and bittersweet chocolate especially as it warms, roasted malts, and slight alcohol. Mouthfeel is great with a smooth body, slight prickle from the carbonation, and a warming effect from the alcohol. Overall, this is a wonderful RIS that is a terrific sipper and would go well with dessert or after dinner as its own stand alone.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Mar-23-2016


A:
Pours a thickish jet black with two+ fingers mocha head that slowly settles to a full, but skimpy film. Okay retention; some specks of lacing. (4)

S:
Rich bitter chocolate/coffee melange. Cacao nibs, Mexican coffee, molasses, hard water, coffee. (4.25)

T:
Mmmmmm. Thick, smooth roasty caramelization, coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, cream. (4.5)

M:
Silky, full bodied, slight roasty astringency, lingering warming finish. (4.25)

O:
This was a really enjoyable stout.
Solid and tasty, big but not unfinishable. It looks lovely in the glass. Fluffy brown head, opaque squid ink liquid. The aroma is rich and melded together into a single roasty aroma. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. The first drink surprises me at how smooth and soft and incredibly rich it can be. Layers of caramelized roast, brown sugar, cocoa powder, coffee grounds. It is almost fluffy in the mouth with medium carbonation. Verges on sticky-sweet but never crosses the line on either account.
Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of cdub70085
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 8,368 ratings.
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