Imperial Russian Stout - Chai-Spiced
Stone Brewing

Imperial Russian Stout - Chai-SpicedImperial Russian Stout - Chai-Spiced
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Aug 29, 2021
Jan 28, 2015
Very Good
Imperial Russian Stout - Chai-SpicedImperial Russian Stout - Chai-Spiced
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.9 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

May 26, 2021
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Reviewed by shigg85 from Japan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this on tap in Tokyo in 2020. It has aged well. Lovely warm chai spice of cardamom and nutmeg. Awesome stout underneath with smooth alcohol presence. Love this!
Feb 15, 2020
Rated: 3.33 by baklo from North Carolina

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chai and not much else. Surprisingly overpowering the base beer on the nose. It's a little minty but that's probably the cardamom. There's also a bunch of other warming spice notes that are well blended together.
T: Taste is slightly roasty before all the chai notes come in. There's a little coffee and bitter dark chocolate along with some tea like notes along with a lot more chai spice. On the swallow there's cardamom(mintyness), more spices, some lingering espresso, dark chocolate, and slight dark roasted malts.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low end but is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting one. It has some nice flavors that work surprisingly well with the base beer. I was certainly suspect of this one but the execution was well done. It may be a little too heavy on the adjunct but overall it's an interesting drink if you're open minded. This one is drinking really well too despite being about four years old.
May 29, 2019
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Notes of ginger and spice that blends well with this RIS. Very interesting and well done blend.
Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by onewayboogie from California

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by MSchuler1 from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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
May 16, 2018
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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.
Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by dsshuck from Delaware

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by sohearn from Alabama

Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by petewheeler from Maryland

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
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.
Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Dec 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by gobuccos from Ohio

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by Nrod from Argentina

Sep 16, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.

Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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!
Jul 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.
Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 3.34 by Isarnan from Michigan

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by h4ger from Connecticut

Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.
Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon

Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Mar 21, 2017
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Reviewed by lic217 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Great look and a solid feel. However, it is very one dimensional. it is all chai on the mouth and nose. I gave it. 3.75 because it is a chai spiced imperial stout, but it would have been nice if it was milder to allow the res of the beer to show. This beer was brewed in 2015 (its now 2017).
Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by TylerJ from Iowa

Feb 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black in color an impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and the majority of the top. The chai tea leads the aroma, but I'm also getting some undercurrents of dark roasted barley. I'm tasting refreshing chai tea with dark roasted barley playing second fiddle. The mouth is very sticky, chewy, and thick.
Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Just-the-sip from California

4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look: Black. So so black. Some carbonation and about a finger knuckle length of head that slowly dissipates. Looks like coffee out of a nespresso machine.

Smell: Where do I begin? Pumpkin, raisin and a bit of molasses. I would have been happy just smelling this all day. It's unbelievable.

Taste: Now the best part. Milky full. This is a think beer and sweet. Good for dessert. You can really taste the chai at the front and center. Back half has a hint of black pepper and very small butter coffee taste. Stone has hidden the high Abv well. I couldn't taste the booze at all. This is dangerous.

Feel: Thick and milky feeling. Exactly what you want from a Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall: Boom done! What a find. I had no idea the sheer magnitude of this beast. Amazing beer and will look for it now when it's out again. I drank a bottle with the stamp of 2/25/15 on it. Blew my taste balls off. This is what I'm looking for in a Russian Imperial Stout. Only $9 at some hole in the wall liquor store. They have no idea what they have on hand.
Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by aztraz from Sweden

Dec 30, 2016
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