Mikhail | Stone Brewing

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4.37/5
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MikhailMikhail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Espresso.

Added by gatornation on 03-04-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#766
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
129
pDev:
5.72%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of dazedman
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerAudi
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is honestly, in my opinion, a highly underrated stout. I had the 2018 release which was labelled as Totalitarian stout aged in bourbon barrels brewed with espresso beans. Silky smooth, full body, big chocolate, heavy coffee. Everything about this beer is superb. Perfect consistency with little to no lacing, very thin, tan head. Nose is heavy with coffee and chocolate notes. The bourbon barrel flavor is subtle which is what I prefer. This is everything a stout should be. Even better than the CBS I had, in my opinion.

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Photo of hermit990
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into pint glass. Epic battle getting the cork out, but I eventually prevailed. Pours a very dark brown with a minimal but persistent tan head. Initial impression is either coffee with cream and dark chocolate, or expresso with milk chocolate. There is a hint of bourbon, but it's very understated. Or maybe Stone is the only brewer that can show restraint when BBA'ing - I've tried a few bourbon bombs in the past couple of weeks, and Mikhail is a refreshing change. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Could be thicker, but it's eminently drinkable. Alcohol is apparent, but not unpleasantly so. Finish is more coffe/chocolate. This is the first Stone product I've tried in a while (so much beer, so little time...) and it's pretty good!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like very roasty coffee, char, bitter hops, espresso shots, cookie dough, dark chocolate, and oak.

I wish this was in barrels a little bit longer. Despite this, it’s still a well done beer, with a great coffee character- roasty but lush, with some cookie dough and a definite hop presence.

This is medium bodied and fairly creamy, with a decent level of carbonation. It’s a slow sipper.

This is solid. It’s definitrly one of the few Stone beers I’ve enjoyed in recent months.

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Photo of jws7968
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had to use a corkscrew to open the bottle, but it was well worth the effort. Pours dark with a thin head that left little lacing. Smell and taste are both coffee/espresso forward, with the taste being boozy from the barrels.

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Photo of AleHunter805
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tsgooch79
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a small tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Smells like an espresso with fresh ground coffee, roasted grains, charred wood and burnt coffee grinds. Flavor followed suit with tons of coffee mixed with roasted grains, chocolate, brownie batter, charred wood, maple syrup, vanilla and molasses. No milk qualities except for the smooth feel and ease of drinkability as this slides down and hides the ABV masterfully. An excellent brew that went down easy and had no bitterness, just enough bourbon barrel influence and a lot of rich malts and coffee in the mix.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nick4444
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lahey
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an inky black appearance and very little head. Has a coffee and chocolate smell with some of that caramely bourbon barrel influence. Taste follows the smell. Strong coffee forward with cocoa and bourbon mingling in the background. Not much dark fruit flavor to be found, which is fine with me. Mouthfeel is full with just enough prickly carbonation, but not too syrupy. Overall a very enjoyable beer. On par with a other top flight barrel aged coffee stouts in my opinion, but not necessarily my favorite.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdhilt
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a one-finger head that finishes without leaving any lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is coffee and hints of dark fruit, decent RIS. Higher ABV (13.5%) is nearly hidden. Seriously pricey at $15.99 for a 500ml caged & corked bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doesn’t look any different than any other RIS I’ve had, as the pitch black beer produced a short lived dark copper head. Nose starts up with carob, caramel and vanilla but ends abruptly with what, sassafras? Wish that I could have realized more depth before the sassafras overwhelmed. Taste starts off with the sassafras (have I said sassafras enough yet?) but finds its way to to a silky European chocolatey vanilla, finishing with the boozy side. Probably mostly a heat factor as by the time I get to the barrel its just an alcohol taste. Never got anything coffee-like out of it though. I think they really nailed the feel though, as its got a real Goldilocks balance.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is black with a dark tan head that recedes as quickly as rainwater down an open gutter with a fizzy flourish. The nose is equal notes rich coffee, vanilla (from the barrel), and earthy stone fruit.

The taste, though, has a healthy rich cocoa component, which I love. This combines very well with the coffee, vanilla, and stone fruit flavors. I only wish the mouthfeel was a bit more substantial, but this is still really good, IMHO.

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Photo of Muss42
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Mikhail from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 129 ratings