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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #22
Ranked #318
4.45 | pDev: 8.31%
Apr 22, 2022
Sep 20, 2009
Notes: Formerly Fyodor's Classic

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is a thick, rich and sinful beer that’s heavy on the palate and massively aromatic with notes of anise, black currants, cof fee and roastiness.

This profoundly complexed beer will overwhelm all but the most stalwart beer fanatics with its level of intensity. Rich coffee, bitter and milk chocolate characteristics abound, while dark charred oak, rich vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrels synergistically elevate and further enhance the ultra-intense taste of the original beer. The name we chose for this heady creation, “Fyodor”, is a tip of the hat to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the greatest, most influential novelists of Russia’s Golden Age.

43 IBU
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4.67 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 22, 2022
4.16 by Beerbom from California on Jan 16, 2022
4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 16, 2022
4.23 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Dec 18, 2021
5 by Resistance88 from California on Nov 16, 2021
4.23 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 16, 2021
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
4 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.35 by shelby415 from Oregon on Mar 01, 2021
3.31 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Feb 20, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The beer smelled like a boozy chocolate stout. There was no overbearing sweetness here.

Taste - The first impression was the balance of the booze with the chocolate. There were notes of chocolate cookies, tobacco, and raisins. Yet, there were no adjuncts. There bourbon darkness lingered nicely.

Mouthfeel - Motor oil, this stout was not. Carbonation was fairly aggressive with a lighter body.

Mouthfeel - It is nice to have a straight forward barrel aged stout, that is well done.

Dec 26, 2020
4.35 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2020
4.34 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Oct 17, 2020
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2020
4.04 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jun 15, 2020
4.55 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jun 15, 2020
4.56 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DanO1066 from Maryland

Another day, another 50% off bomber (500ml "Brewed July 17, 2016) from The Brass Tap here in Baltimore: drinkable motor oil w/a mocha head that unsurprisingly (given the ABV) doesn't last; mostly vanilla on the nose, more chocolate on the tongue (where's the coffee?); smooth despite the carbonation; would I do this at full price? Hell NO!

May 18, 2020
4.19 by Hopelessly0 from California on May 11, 2020
4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Apr 30, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Apr 2020 Review
500ml bottle. 2017 Series Batch 2. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown, thin tan head that quickly ends in a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. 3.5

Nose: bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet malt. 4.0

Taste: booze up front but not overwhelming. Chocolate, mix of milk and dark. Vanilla, charred oak, dark stone fruits. Hint of bitter coffee on the backend. Really balanced other than the initial booziness. Really complex. Really delicious. 4.5

Mouthfeel: low carbonation (2.5 years old). Not really thick but substantial enough. Super smooth. 4.0

Overall: this is a really good beer with the only drawback being that it looks good, not great. Would buy again. 4.25

Apr 19, 2020
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Apr 17, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

2017 on draft;

A: opaque; dark brown in color; less than a 1 finger medium brown head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: boozy; bourbon, vanilla, and oak; milk chocolate in the background, but this is all about the bourbon barrel aging;

T: chocolate dominates from start to finish; vanilla, bourbon, and charred oak are in the background; boozy finish is mild to moderately bitter;

M: full bodied - sticky; low to moderate carbonation; alcohol is warming, but way understated for 13.5%;

O: dangerously easy to drink; really, really, good;

Apr 16, 2020
4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa on Apr 09, 2020
3.29 by jheimbigner from Washington on Mar 14, 2020
4.39 by DruC4 from Michigan on Feb 11, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radome from Florida

2017 Vintage tasted on tap at Aces & Ales - Tenaya, Las Vegas, NV.

Feb 04, 2020
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4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

(2017 bottle)

A: I'm doing fairly small pours into a tall wine glass, so there's no head whatsoever. Still a beautiful-looking beer: pitch black at the heart with burgundy edges.

S: Wow. Brownie, bourbon, and stone fruits. Beautiful aroma.

T: It follows the nose closely, but with more complexity. That brownie batter hits up front, and the bourbon appears in the background throughout; it's not subtle but not loud - just right. Lots of cocoa and vanilla. Coconut. Marshmallow. Long finish consisting of that brownie/vanilla/bourbon flavor. Insane.

M: Very smooth and silky going down. Has a thick almost syrupy consistency and is perfect for the flavors above.

O: This is world-class for me. It reminds me of Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is my favorite BA stout, and it's on the same level in my opinion. I'm not sure what the other vintages bring, but 2017 is a true winner.

Feb 04, 2020
4.28 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 03, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

Brewed 1/25/2018. Had trouble removing the cork and had the resort to a corkscrew. Poured most of a 500 ml bottle into a DFH tulip. The body was as dark as Rasputin's soul with an ample tan head. Drinking in a 58 degree room everything got better as it reached room temperature. At first everything seemed thin with the char dominating but eventually the other flavors prevailed. Never specifically noticed the anise in smell or taste but lots of dark fruits and barrel were present. Mouthfeel was fine for a big stout.

Maybe I've been spoiled by BCBS and Jackie O's barrel aged stouts but this just didn't deliver what I was hoping it would. Maybe I'll try it again to see if this was just a subjective one time thing. It wasn't bad by any reasonable criteria but just wasn't the knock it out of the park experience I was hoping for.

Jan 05, 2020
4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 500ml corked and caged bottle, 2017 Series, Batch No.02, bottled in October 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated almost immediately and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, molasses, oak, with touches of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet, boozy, bourbon, light roast, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisins.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Sweet and boozy, which is not a preferable combination for me as I find it too rich, and not easy to drink, even if just sipping. I preferred Stone Mikhail a lot more as I felt that was much more balanced.

Dec 18, 2019
4.48 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Nov 27, 2019
4.66 by drrone from Utah on Nov 16, 2019
4.58 by chillin from Indiana on Nov 02, 2019
4.28 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Oct 22, 2019
4.28 by cp45 from New Jersey on Oct 04, 2019
4.13 by esktime from Ohio on Sep 20, 2019
4.17 by jdell15 from Arkansas on Aug 28, 2019
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