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Mikhail | Stone Brewing

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4.33/5
Outstanding
39 Ratings
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:
#3,452
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
39
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
Trade:
2
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mike22ne
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap.
Bourbon-Espresso Imperial Stout? Exactly as promised.
Fantastic aroma and flavors, intense and warming with prominent coffee and roasted malt, vanilla caramel bourbon, some smoky char. Some dark dried fruits like cherry and aged chocolate roasted barley. Full thick feel, chewy and sweet but not overly cloying.

Really nice beer!

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Photo of dcotom
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. And that's a good thing! Deep, blackish brown in appearance, with a tentative pour yielding a wisp of tan head. Big aromas and flavors of bourbon up front, with quite a bit of alcohol heat as might be expected. Beyond this lie notes of licorice, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and vanilla, with a faint hint of tart cherry. Mouthfeel is substantial but not overly thick or syrupy. The beer is pleasantly, but not overly, sweet. Very smooth, no harshness at all. Very complex and delicious, and an outstanding brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a beautiful dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of chocolate, espresso, bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of espresso, lots of chocolate, some bourbon (not an overwhelming amount), hops (mostly in the finish), a hint of vanilla, some roasted malt, and dark fruit (plums, in particular). A big, bold, powerful kind of flavor - exactly what you expect from an RIS. Complex and well-balanced.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Mikhail is an extremely well made stout. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head. Aroma is strong, lots of roasted coffee beans in there, hints of booze and vanilla w/ milk so kind of like an espresso. Strong, sticky, boozy, coffee taste is prevalent with notes of raisins and dark fruits along with vanilla and lactic sweetness. Easy to drink and mostly hides booze with a clean finish.

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

Photo of leroybrown10
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2017 Batch 03 into a snifter.

L: Pours jet black with minimal head that dissipates almost instantaneously.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some vanilla, plenty of bourbon. Little espresso, that wasn't perceptible until warm. Wanted more coffee on the nose.

T: Follows the nose well, coffee shows up on the finish and gains in intensity as it warms. Some bitterness on the finish that lingers a bit.

F: Slick on the tongue, some ABV burn, surprisingly thinner bodied.

O: I feel like Fyodor 'scratches this itch', would've rather had Stone release plain Espresso IRS. That said, I enjoyed the beer and have another bottle that I likely won't age much given the limited coffee presence I found for my palate and preferences.

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Photo of Grackos
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon and coffee goodness.

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

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP1356
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tourdot
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone IRS is a favorite. This is a delicious beer - and one of the better bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve had. It has a good balance between the charred Espresso flavor and the caramel and vanilla, keeping it from being overpoweringly sweet ....but like every other BA’d beer - I prefer the original.

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Mikhail from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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