Totalitarian | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Built from the backbone of Stone's classic Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout certainly celebrates the hallmarks of the style - it pours jet-black with a fluffy chocolate head and tastes of deeply dark fruit flavors with rich chocolate and coffee overtones. Yet, however old world in nature, this particular rendition of an IRS is flavored with new world hops, intensifying its berry flavors and aroma while subtly introducing a juicy melon undertone. The result is a spectacularly sinful delight. Don't say we didn't warn you, comrade.

Added by rkarimi on 03-10-2018

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Photo of rex_4539
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black color, half finger brown head, excellent lacing, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Nice!

T: Roasted coffee, chocolate, bittersweet. Very good!

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: A landmark Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilley4
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of the regular offering so I knew I had to grab this as soon as I saw it. I will say that I am not at all disappointed that I did. Big roasted chocolate character as expected and a pretty crazy kick of hops that I didn't expect. They don't dominate, mind you, but they are fairly prevalent... brings a uniqueness to the beer... can I say I enjoy it more than the base beer? No I can't say that but I will say I do enjoy it quite a damn bit...and its growing on me even more as I sip...

10.5% is NON-EXISTENT.... as in...I'm not getting any booze at all... dangerously drinkable... brushing the floor off of my cheek drinkable...

Very enjoyable... liking this a lot....

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

pours an oil slick with a light head that poofs. nose; dark chocolate, dates/raisin, creamer, & light hops. taste; roasted malt, char, licorice, dry cocoa, piney hops, raisin, & ethanol; slightly metallic aftertaste. heavy carbonation & mouthfeel. nice ris with some definite roast & hops, offset with baker’s chocolate & lactose character.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a long stemmed tulip. This was recommended to me by the beer guy at the local grocery store who knows I like RISs particularly at a reasonable price. And that's where this fits in because we seem to be living in a great time for big stouts that are done with a lot of care but are kind of indistinguishable from each other. And imo that's a good thing.

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Photo of onewayboogie
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good RIS. Bitter from hops/roasty and dark chocolate. Nice feel.
All in all nothing really noteworthy but would have again

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This reminds me a bit of Narwhal. It's a big roasty stout with an almost-aggressive hop presence. Bitter chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and pine are the predominant flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/20/18
Pours a mild fizzy darker colored thicker head a little lacing, decent legs, pitch black beer

Nose nice old school RIS, stout like dark malts, a little roasty notes, some cocoa and creamy milk chocolate, oatmeal notes, a little roasted coffee

Taste brings sweet milk chocolate, a bit of a sweet milk stout notes, creamy oats and milk chocolate, a little cocoa, hints of dark fruits in the background, plenty of roasty charred malts, stout like bitter roast, a touch acrid, roasted coffee, a big spicy bitterness kicking in late, turning acrid roasty and spicy bitterness almost too much, flash of alcohol tingle

Mouth is heavier bod but not a ton, a bit creamy milky, mild alcohol burn, decent carb

Overall not bad, way too much of the spicy hops and acrid bitter roast esp combining late, not too bad of a RIS in general other than that.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

Pours opaque black with a minimum head of tan. Zero retention or lacing. Coffee, char, and dark bakers chocolate in the nose. Full bodied with a viscous, chewy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate with espresso and Oreo shells on the palate. Rich, roasty and fairly dry. Finishes with lingering chocolate -covered char bits.

Nice stout but I'm not picking up on any of the "new world character " said to contain.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of videofrog
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prue
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 5-28-18 for $2.83. Bottled on 2-21-18; consumed on 10-18-18. Cold stored in the Beer Fridge since purchase.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is nice with hints of anise and bakers cocoa.

Taste is a nice blend of dark cocoa, anise, and a hint of dark fruits over a large malt based. Highly hopped to balance the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth and satisfying.

Overall a nice brew that i am glad i tried!

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 2018 bomber, poured room temp to a tulip glass. Super dark, clear mahogany / chestnut brown. Lots of carbonation makes for a fast fizzy head that fades fast, but leaves a small head with scant lacing. Smell is char. First sips are smoky, dark chocolate and pit fruit. Rather crisp mouthfeel, but not so overtly hoppy as some reviews indicated. Malt lingers with an aftertaste of perhaps bitter plum, some nuttiness as it warms. Alcohol has a little bite, but not distracting. Overall, tasty. I picked it up half price, so a super value, with two more to cellar! There’s a night of the gargoyle event this Friday, tapping a 2014 base RIS, which might be a good idea to attend...if only bowling wasn’t in the way.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 02/22/18. Black body capped with a foamy light brown head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma: dark cocoa, coffee, roasted barley, anise, sharp black patent malt, earthy hops. Bold flavors as expected with notes of dark baker's chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, anise, char, dark fruit/perhaps berry, tobacco, and piney/earthy hops; in the very background is melon and mango? Very full body, very creamy, alcohol is warming but not hot, resinous hops stick to the palate creating a long bitter finish of hop, char, and dark chocolate. I can taste the "new world" hops but thankfully the malt base is so huge that it masks the hops enough to make this work pretty well. It's good, but I miss the original IRS.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a thin creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- charred malt and chocolate on the nose up front, followed by a strong fruity hop character. Undertones of blueberry, caramel & chocolate covered raisins

T- sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, char, caramel raisin & fig. Mid-palate brings out a bold fruity hop character that adds notes of blueberry & melon. The finish gives more fruity hops with a chocolate linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- the berry notes really come through with the hop addition, however a prefer the original IRS

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Totalitarian from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 329 ratings