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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Ratings: 8,380 |  Reviews: 2,759
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from the Spring 2007 release, so it has about 4 months rest.

A very good looking RIS with some active bubbles and decent amount of hot chocolate colored head.

Big roasted aroma with some chocolate malts, coffee, toffee, hints of cherries, and cocoa.

Taste is very much in line with the aroma but with a little more cocoa in the lead. Great roasted flavor that’s complimented with the coffee and slight bitterness in the finish. Still a bit of a hop bite in this one. The alcohol is well hidden but not completely absent from the beer and works in the manner of a pleasant warm feeling as it goes down and sits in the stomach without a burning sensation. The finish is semi-dry with an aftertaste of coffee and chocolate malts.

This is a RIS that would age really well and I’m putting aside a few to test it.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A-Pours a sinister,inky,opaque black body that rested beneath 2 full inches of creamy tan froth that slowly died reducing down to a solid one inch collar after five minutes and lasted for the duration before leaving full,sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Earthy initially with scents of wet ash and mineral qualities.This gave way to roasty notes of strong,bitter coffee,burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate.

T-Strong,bitter coffee and ash upfront followed by dark chocolate,burnt toast,dark caramelized sugars and a hint of dark,dried fruit.

M-Thick,bitter and earthy with minimal sweetness and a substantial char character.

O-Really happy to have finally tried this.Top notch.

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Photo of aorloski
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of walleye
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my christmas eve beer. early summer 2004 release. From the bottle. poured black with a big bubbly brown head that left some lacing. aoma coco bitter sweet chocolate, molasses, a light touch of alcohol as it warm the coffe and dark fruits come out, roasted malts. flavor wooow I can see why this is rated number 2. the first thing that hit the taste buds was the coffee and alcohol than the roasted malts and the sweet berries than along came the chocolate nice mouth feel. would like to get a lot of this stuff

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as midnight oil with a big frothy caramel colored head that really hangs around.

Sweet malt ice-cream, caramel, coffee, grass and anise in the nose.

Coffee coats the mouth then sweet malt with caramel, chocolate and coffee notes roll around until they are kept in check with a bitter licorice, herb, coffee bite. A very good RIS.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Jet black color with a 2-finger creamy brown head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate aromas along with other scents of dark fruits and vanilla. Definitely a strong earthy and floral hop presence. Smells pretty good with none of the aromas really taking center stage. All of the different scents are definitely layered, and you have to take your time to pick all of them out.

T - Starts of sweet with raisin, vanilla, and chocolate flavors, building to a roasted malt and coffee bitterness, and finally finishing with a floral hop bitterness. The taste of alcohol is slightly apparent. Very tasty and well-balanced.

F - Medium-to-full bodied, nice carbonation, velvety smooth and sticky mouthfeel, and a nice bitter and dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time but fruity sweetness lingers longer. Smooth throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This was a very nice RIS. A larger hop presence than I was expecting (although I should’ve known better with Stone), but it was balanced well with the other flavors and really added to the overall taste and mouthfeel. I usually like my stouts with more roasted coffee and chocolate flavors but I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DaveHS
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven 't gotten around to reviewing this one yet. 2011 version.

A-Pours shiny obsidian with 1/2 inch of coffee colored head. Minimal soapy lacing.

S-Medium roast coffee beans, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, charred wood.

T/M-When I think of what I want from an imperial stout, Stone IRS is the one to beat. Roasty with a dry hoppy backbone and assertive, harmonious flavors of coffee and baking chocolate. So simple, so good. Lush and full bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

O-This is one of the beers that got me into appreciating craft beer, and it still holds up.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of gandres
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, big brown foam that dissipates slowly
Smell: pleasant, hint of toasted grains, nuts, coffee
Taste: very good, low bitterness
Feel: long finish, lively carbonation, creamy, some alcohol, good follow through and lingering aftertaste
Overall:excellent beer, repeat: yes, look for: yes
Drank: 9/27/2016 9:00 PM

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Photo of Branlott42
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2005 release. I got this bottle from Zorro about a year ago.

Poured a viscous, opaque black. Thin golden brown head quickly faded to just a ring with a strange ghostly looking film floating in the middle of the glass.

The aroma is improving as it warms up. I smell some dark roasted malts, soy sauce, anise, sweet dark chocolate, faint coffee and some burning alcohol in the background.

The flavor surprises me a bit after smelling it. I get more coffee and chocolate than what I smelled. There is still a noticeable alcohol presence, but it complements the other flavors. The soy sauce shows up at the finish with a sweet and sour type of kick. Age has done this one quite well.

Thick and chewy. Very little carbonation. Some alcohol burn in the aftertaste. I like this one, but I am not sure if I can get through the whole bomber on my own. Heavy with a higher abv...this is one to share.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 8,380 ratings
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