Totalitarian | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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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#5,577
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
303
pDev:
7.58%
 
 
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Photo of gopens44
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of khaki foam. The aroma features big time molasses and toffee with hints of baker's chocolate.

The taste features a hefty dose of peppery, herbal hops and molasses up front, with nearly as much cough syrup to match. Medium body and high carbonation make for a zestier mouthfeel than I expect from a RIS.

Overall, this is one of the coarser interpretations of the style I've encountered. True to form for Stone, hopping is over the top and makes no bones about the malt profile being a secondary consideration. I've always found their stouts to be overrated, and this does nothing to change that impression.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 2/28/18. Poured into a snifter.

Black as night, mocha head that lasts and leaves nice sticky lacing. Big roasted malt, bitter hops, coffee and anise on the nose. Taste follows the nose with an added berry flavor in the finish. This taste like a blend of Self Riteous and their regular IRS and I love that. Mouthfeel is medium and fits the style well. One of the best new beers of the year for me. I will be tracking a few six packs down so I can sip on this over the winter.

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Photo of BAC801
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is dark an oily with almost no head to the pour. Very boozy, carbonated tasted, with a touch of chocolate and hoppiness that I didn’t expect from this stout. Not a bad brew, I’d try it again.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacBrewin
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Smells of chocolate covered cherries and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Balanced between chocolate, coffee, and Cherry. Medium full mouthfeel. Would recommend.

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Photo of MugillaGorilla
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 2/20/18, so 6 months old.

Classic looking stout in the glass. Jet black body, medium tan head leaving excellent lacing.

A little molasses and dried fruit on the nose

There is a fair amount going on here in the flavor department. Malts are roasted above medium, fighting it out with the molasses. And then there is the alcohol burn. have to say though, the overall taste doesn't cut it for this particular palate. A little too much roastiness and burn.

Mouth is full and thick, finish a medium roast.

Overall, the drink itself falls a bit short. The parts are greater than the sum.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BSEDS
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good imperial stout! I had it for first time today. Will be getting this again!

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Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RacerX5k
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Stop it. Because this beer fucking stinks. The original Stone RIS was a legendary craft beer, one you looked forward to every spring. Amazing beer it ttok me 4 years to fully appreciate, culminating with the tremendous 2013 Espresso version.

Move to 2014 I don't know WTF but this release was horrible, tasted and smelled like the burning tires in my old Philly neighnborhood, which is not pretty. 2015? Why bother? Chai spiced? Huh? That beer is still sitting on the shelf at one of my favorite beer distributors. I don't even remember if iI tried the 2016 release, if I did, it was forgettable. Then they retired it. Why? How about fixing the '14 '15 and possibly '16 issues? Did you forget how to make the beer?

And now this, redeux. Yea, how 'bout you don't even bother anymore, Go make a fruity NE IPA or something.

The review, boring look, not much aroma. Nice minty blast though, if you like mint which is ok in my aroma. But fades to nothingness. Taste follows, mildly hoppy I guess, trying to be berry like but in the end just bland. Very plastic, fake tasting, hard to explain, just fake flavoring. Overall, horribly boring Ruination (get it) of a classic. Pass.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color, no leakage anywhere, with a big ol’ tan head. Simply gorgeous. The nose has a little bit of stone fruit and char, and a LOT of sweet fruit notes.

The sweetness is up front on the taste, and there’s a noticeable bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is not as substantial as I like for the style. I love the base beer, and this is certainly a spin on that beer, but if given the choice of this vs the base beer, I’d choose the base beer 100 times out of 100.

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Photo of Skabiski
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulFC
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as the night. Smell is chocolate at Christmas. Taste is chocolate, cherries, raisons all up front. Bold. Bitterness comes in at the end.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Totalitarian from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 303 ratings