For a week now, I have had, in my possession, a large bottle of Stone Imperial Russian Stout. I'm pretty excited about having it and am just waiting for the right moment and opportunity. For starters, I've never tried a RIS till now. I don't know what to expect other than knowing that it is rated superlatively here at BeerAdvocate.com. I also know that it is 10.4% ABV, probably higher than most beers I drink. I've also read some of the reviews which say that Russian Imperial Stouts tend to be very viscous to the point of even being "muddy." (Don't know how reliable that description is. I guess I'll just have to try it.) I have two questions though. 1. On the bottle, Stone recommends that you cellar the bottle at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I do not have a cellar, nor a room that anywhere faintly comes close to being 55 degrees (Not in June, that's for sure!). Is it okay to keep the beer in the fridge? (I don't know the typical refrigerator temperature.) I assume keeping it in the fridge till I drink it won't adversely affect my enjoyment of the beer? 2. I know this question is going to sound a bit whacky, but here goes. I tend to have a swallowing disorder. (The doctors are puzzled by it.) Liquids that are very thick and muddy and sticky (and such) tend to be difficult for me to swallow. Is there anything about a RIS that might make for difficulty swallowing? Grateful for the feedback.