Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian StoutChai-Spiced 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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release: March 2015

This one-time-only beer, a fascinating addition to our “Odd Beers for Odd Years” series, incorporates cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, a dash of black pepper and a dose of black tea to emulate the aroma and taste of authentic chai tea. Combine these strikingly piquant ingredients with the classic version of Stone Imperial Russian Stout―with its incumbent flavors of chocolate, black currants, coffee and roastiness―and an already profoundly rewarding beer ascends to new, flavorful dimensions.

Added by Jason on 01-28-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
188
Ratings:
786
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of onewayboogie
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MSchuler1
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 Release

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- plenty of spices on the nose, actually reminiscent of a pumpkin spiced stout; cinnamon & cardamon lead the way, followed by with clove and ginger noticeable as well. I'm actually surprised how strong the spicing aromas still are after 3 years. Beyond the spices, undertones of the base beer pop through, dark charred malt, dried figs & chocolate. Quite complex aroma

T- an onslaught of spicing follows the nose; heavy cinnamon & cardamon dominate up front, with clove & ginger both making an equal presence at the mid-palate. Beyond the spicing, notes of charred malt, dark chocolate, fig & raisin all show up. The finish gives more spice blend with a light notes of herbal black tea and a peppery linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a smooth and velvety finish

O- even after three years, this is still loaded with spices. Not for the faint of heart, but outstanding for the style

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Photo of GarrettB
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

April 24th, 2015 - The Russian Imperial Stout is *very* amenable to spicy permutations, and that shows here in the delicious Chai Spiced version. The color and head are all the same as the undecorated version (though I could be led to believe that the head is just a little bit more dusky) but the nose has radically changed. Where once I smelled heavy chocolate malts, all I get is chai spices. It is as if I've dunked my head into a barrel of the stuff, snorting the heady mixture of sub-continental spice. If the nose bludgeons with spice, the flavor is more nuanced. The chai is clearly present but blends with the existing heavy malt bill creating something akin to a spiced chocolate - a mixture I find utterly delicious.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2015 odd year release, bottled on 23rd March 2015. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin half finger brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Strong cinnamon and cardamom with roasted malts, cocoa and chocolate in the background. There were also hints of ginger and clove.

Taste: Follows the aroma quite closely with lots of spices, cinnamon and cardamom, spicy ginger and clove with hints of roastiness, cocoa and chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Almost three years on, and the “Chai” is still dominating the aroma and taste. Personally I would say it was still a bit too dominating while the nice flavours of the base Imperial Russian Stout were overpowered.

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Photo of sohearn
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.51/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Stone Archive Bottle Release, official re-release of 2 year vertical.

Rich dark black color with a 1/2 finger of almond head.

Aromas of licorice, molasses, and faint chai spice.

Flavors are of dark chocolate, and then rubber, old spices, molasses, rubber cement, ethanol, tobacco.

Feel is hot and boozy with a medium plus body.

Overall, to think that Stone re-released this and it tastes as horrible as it is, in the state that it's in, totally destroys any foresight they may have had for releasing this beer. It furthers my gross dislike of this brewery. This beer is a rubbery, ethanol-soaked mess.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
06/18/2015
Following up the regular imperial Russian stout with the Chai spiced version. Similar, but the extra spice takes away from the roasty stout flavors (IMHO). Still a really nice beer, just a tad below the regular offering.

**

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged well...the Chai is really pronounced here, this is an amazing beverage, in fact, if this maybe should be called a "hard spiced chai-tea"!!! Good Googly Moogly this is amazing, desert in a bomber! Extremely well-done Stone!!!!! Please beew this again!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a one finger creamy off white to tan foamy head that dissipated in a smooth slow manner. The smell started off with the chai spice leading into some slight cinnamon, coffee, light chocolate with a roasty sweet quality - invasive yet having a sticky fresh rich quick spices to blend into the aftertaste and ends up leaving a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation is low allowing the spice to take over and be the harshness. The black tea-like qualities really help to smooth things out. Overall, this was a very nicely done Russian imperial stout. Stone did everything right and added their twist with the Chai tea, I would love to have this again.

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Photo of Isarnan
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of h4ger
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, light tan head, moderate lacing.

S - Strong hit of tea spices, cinnamon and cardamom.

T - Strong spicy flavor, malty core, a bit of chocolate. Mild bitterness in the close.

M - A bit sticky, with just enough dryness in the close to keep it from becoming heavy or cloying.

O - An interesting experiment, with decent balance and a nice spice profile. The stout aspect is dialed way back, and if there's a knock, it is that the spice eclipses the best IRS flavor notes.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 786 ratings