Totalitarian | Stone Brewing

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,120
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
268
pDev:
7.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Palm tulip. Body is black with a small tan head.

S: Raisiny malt with some chocolate, some char and some roasted coffee beans.

T: Sweet malt foundation, with chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee beans and charcoal. Good bitter finish of burnt campfire wood. Very nice balance between the sweeter malt and roasty bitterness.

M: Full-bodied, with lighter carbonation.

O: Very good RIS.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of gordavidson
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buzzy
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OnsideDragon
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Draws a large head, great lacing remains. Aromas are toasty, very malty, and slight chocolate. Taste is started off with chocolate maltiness and very low carbonation as expected. Ends well with a rich malty and chocolatey after taste. A very welcoming addition to my stout repertoire.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is an intimidating used motor oil black — traces of a deep mocha brown foam struggle to emerge but fail, leaving just a thin skein across the top.

Smells of chocolate, raisins, roasted coffee beans, ripe plum, char, oak.

Taste is charred wood, French roast, dark chocolate, plums, vanilla, lightly sweet but balanced with citrus rind.

Body is medium heavy, creamy carbonation. Finish is surprisingly dry, with citrus rind and lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

This is a great big ‘imperial Russian Stout’ from stone — different enough and better in ways even than their usual fare, — packs a lot of nice complimentary layers of flavors.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

I’d say the reviews are spot on for this son of a gun. It ain’t the late 90’s Jeter Yankees, but it’s kind of like how the Marlins lucked out into a World Series title in ‘03 - good, but you know they weren’t the best team. Basic Stout flavors are met by, you guessed it, basic Stout textures. Nothing wild, but worth a sip if you are sippin’.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ink-jet black pour, carmel colored head, sticky lacing. The nose is roasted grain, BBQ grill smoky. A massive blast of taste, which resolves to a hop bite, smooth smoky grains, a bit of ABV hotness then a long lingeri g taste.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExtraStout
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours maroon deep black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like candied dark fruit, smoky roasted malts, dark espresso coffee roast, dark baking chocolate, plums, grapes, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like candied dark fruits, dark espresso coffee roast, smoky roasted malts, dark baking chocolate, plums, grapes, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a firm and foamy head that is caramel in color. Head retention is great. Aroma is pine, resin, and dank hops out front with a firm, beefy base of roasted and toasted malts. There is a whiff of caramel among the mix. Flavor profile is roasted and toasted malts mingling alongside pine, resin, and dank hops. The sweet, syrupy hops mix well with the dark, grainy malts to form a well balanced ying and yang. Mouth feel is grainy and filling, offering up a hefty mouth feel within a thick liquid. Overall, a balanced, hoppy stout. Showcases hops well while still proudly displaying its firm and dark malt background.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of paresis
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciceroman
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Totalitarian"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 02/20/18" and sampled on 06/11/18
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I can smell the berry-like fruitiness as I pour it at arms length. It's not strong, but I noticed it. I'll now have to wait as the head has risen up and needs to settle before I can get the rest of the bottle into the glass. It's opaque black beneath a frothy dark tan head. ... ... ... OK, it's settled into a creamy cap. So, raising it to my nose now I'm finding much more dark malt, roastiness, coffee, and caramel; and the berry aroma seems darker, more like the usual burnt currant that you normally expect in an Imperial stout. It's intense. On to the flavor... nutty, toasty, roasty, ashen, charred, bitter, dark chocolate, dark berries, leafy, fruity, and slightly hot with alcohol in the finish. It's got a solid bitterness and it finishes dry and bitter, but it's not harsh in any way. The alcohol that's there is appropriate for the style and you know that you're drinking a strong beer, that's part of the experience. It's medium full in body and smooth. It's a great sipping beer. You have a sip[, put it down and walk away or do something else, and then come back to it. I'd call it an excellent reading beer as well. The flavor lingers for so long that you could probably do a page or two between sips. And I'm drinking this in early summer and really enjoying it, I'm not sure how much better it might seem on a frigid night! I don't really find all of the new hops that are there, although I get a sense of them, and to me it seems very much just like a regular American made Imperials Russian Stout. I'm enjoying it quite a bit but at the same time I'll say there are better examples out there - not that that takes anything away from it. Definitely worth trying.
Review# 6,061

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Totalitarian from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 268 ratings