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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #21
Ranked #314
4.45 | pDev: 8.31%
Nov 18, 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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Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 22, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Beerbom from California

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 5 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 16, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 01, 2021
Rated: 3.31 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.35 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 30, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 4.56 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.19 by Hopelessly0 from California

May 11, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by jheimbigner from Washington

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by DruC4 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2020
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Rated by Radome from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 Vintage tasted on tap at Aces & Ales - Tenaya, Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
(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
Rated: 4.28 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.48 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Nov 27, 2019
Rated: 4.66 by drrone from Utah

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by chillin from Indiana

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Oct 22, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by cp45 from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by esktime from Ohio

Sep 20, 2019
Fyodor from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1426 ratings