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Imperial Russian Stout by Stone Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
10.50 % ABV

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Press Release: 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout released 4/16
Review by James Kitchens on 10/22/21  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 14 3 7 2009
Opening a cellared 2009 bottle. This is another old bottle I’ve had the whole time. Still have several more to test later. This one seems fine overall, although the extended age has not really improved it. I’d guess that maybe a few years is about right for aging this beer. Notsomuch for 12 years. Drinks more like a porter as it’s thinned quite a bit. However, the alcohol is very apparent still. Color is as expected. Smell is minimal, again no surprise given the age. Taste is still there but peaked long ago. Overall a good bottle still but very much past its prime. Just like the person drinking it……

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 5 8 2010
Pours out of the bomber a deep dark leathery brown of 5W-30 motor oil vescosity only to settle as if its been through the engine much longer and without a filter. That means black to the unmotorized-friendly. A waffer thin, tightly sponged, light cocoa brown head sits atop which fades to a skim always present, lace sticks in ink blot patches.

Smell is subdued but moderately present of dark roasted malts and black malts, quite lusciously so...a light sense of dark fruits favoring raisin, plum, fig, and alcohol warmth mixing in the nose with some chocolate sweetness and coffee notes in there as well.

Taste is quite creamy rich and moderately hefty, but mellowing of dark roasty malts with a slight coffeeness, hops arrive quickly with favorable rich bitterness that fits in quite nicely helping finishing this out with some chocolate twingy tangyness.

Quite a nice easy heavily creamy full body, rich, lusious, and filling, with an incredible lingering chocolate and mild hop bitter drying finish with a bit of alcoholic warmth showing up late taking effect on your head after half the bottle or so.

One excellently done stout in its drinkability, it goes down so wickedly; nearly dangerously smooth and easy for an Imperial Stout its just a knock-down dazzling splendid yummy packed treat that makes you crave every sip after yummy little sip.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Surly Duff on 08/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
Pours a deep dark black with a small bit of deep brown foam. The foam settles quickly and leaves just a ring around the edge of the glass and no real sign of lacing.

Plenty of smooth roasted malt up front with notes of milk chocolate and cocoa. Hint of coffee and a bit of burnt malt bitterness. Very light caramel. Just a touch of hazelnut.

Smooth and fairly silky roasted malt is abundant. Milk chocolate comes in nicely behind roasted notes and there's a bit of cocoa too. Low carbonation with fairly fine bubbles although not prickly. Aftertaste notes comes through nice with coffee, very light hazelnut, and more chocolate.

No sign of alcohol aromas or flavors. Some time has done nice things here. Glad I have a couple more bottles. Makes me interested in checking out one of the bottles of 2007 I have around too.

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 01/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 8 18 5 10 0
Old Review
A 22oz bomber thanks to Redwood21. Poured into a tulip

A: Poured a pitch black, with a super thick consistency, even had some minor chunky splashes. Got a nice medium brown head that receded to a mocha ring that stayed for the entire brew, leaving nice sticky lacing. The beer leaves a nice yellow-black slick on the glass. The are visible particles in the brew.
All in all, a beautiful looking beer.

S: Smell of the beer was a little disappointing. I got some roasted malt, dark chocolate,caramel, slight notes of coffee and nuts. The suprising thing about this beer was that the hops note really comes out in this nose. Totally not expected.

T: This beer does not have the amazingly complex tastes that some RIS's have. It does have the deeply roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, caramel and a touch of coffee. Yet again suprising is the very notable presence of hops in this brew. Don't know how I feel about that.

M: Chunky and thick, just as it should be. Coats the mouth and really allows you to taste everything this beer has to offer. A slight bitter aftertaste rolls down your tongue. Very nice.

D: This is a drinkable brew. I do not find this beer as complex and awe inspiring as other RIS's I have had. With that said, it does represent well what an RIS should be even if it doesn't have the complexity, and although nothing is too amazing about the taste and nose, you can't find anything wrong with what it offers. A fine example of the style.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Pours a beautiful, lightly viscous looking pitch black, accompanied by a thick, pillowy, cream/coffee colored head-with excellent retention and sticky cling-to-the-glass lacing.

Aromas of toasted/burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee and sweet- as in molasses and licorice. Just plain excellent.

Taste is strongly of dark bitter coffee and chocolate-perhaps some dark fruit in there as well. A certain degree of charred wood smoke to it also. Dry throughout (but not chalky), and a bit more bitter towards/thru the finish. Excellent balance.

This is a smoooth drinker. Medium/almost full body. Smooth, creamy, sticky... this is all of these and more. Excellent carbonation.

This one really go me into RIS' some time ago, and has remained one of my all time faves. The alcohol is well melded into this offering, and lends itself well in the finishing warmth-the ABV will sneak up on you. An easy drinker non the less, I always find myself disappointed when the bottle is gone... Thank You Stone!!
A Classic Must Try!!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-29-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

This bottle is from the Spring 2007 release, so it has about 4 months rest.

A very good looking RIS with some active bubbles and decent amount of hot chocolate colored head.

Big roasted aroma with some chocolate malts, coffee, toffee, hints of cherries, and cocoa.

Taste is very much in line with the aroma but with a little more cocoa in the lead. Great roasted flavor that’s complimented with the coffee and slight bitterness in the finish. Still a bit of a hop bite in this one. The alcohol is well hidden but not completely absent from the beer and works in the manner of a pleasant warm feeling as it goes down and sits in the stomach without a burning sensation. The finish is semi-dry with an aftertaste of coffee and chocolate malts.

This is a RIS that would age really well and I’m putting aside a few to test it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 04/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2005
Thanks to Westsidethreat for yet another fine bottle.

A - Pours jet black and inky looking. Completely opaque. Small rich cocoa head appears out of nothingness, quickly dissipates, leaving a whisp on the surface and a ring around the glass.

S - Huge chocolatey notes burst into my nose here. Dark, high cacao chocolate. Some cocoa. Lightly roasty malts. Molasses.

T - Huge chocolate tones over-run my palate, just enveloping my tongue. Dark belgian chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of baker's chocolate. Beneath this I find a smattering of vanilla pudding and marshmellow. Some espresso and coffee notes join the party, with some coffee bitterness going into the aftertaste. Alcohol is almost completely hidden here.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Very smooth carbonation.

Overall - This beer has held up very nicely for being about 3 years old. Didn't turn thin like many older Imperial Stouts I have been finding lately. Definitely worth stashing a few of these away for a cold rainy evening.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Kegergator on 01/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2002
Sampled 1/08

Very dark brew, can only get a little light through the edges. Extremely roasty brew. If dark had a smell it would be this one. Taste is awesome. So much going on here. The dark roasts blend with some chocolate, light coffee and a clean light alcohol finish. The way these all blended together was awesome. Really a great brew at this age.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Snifter

Review by bakes on 01/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 2008
2007 release, poured into my nonic glass.

Aroma of toasted pumpernickel, deep dark fruitiness, and slight roastiness. No light is getting through this one. Don't ask, just use it as a welder's helmet.

Starts with a dark, licoricelike ride into maltiness - all kinds of treacle, uber-ripe figs... beautiful. The roastiness remains there thoughout but restrained. Dark flavors I don't know but love are all over the place. Bitterness is there in the background, hops maybe left some Sanskrit on the walls but have long since departed. Finishes with an amazingly dark, roasty, sweet yet fresh flavor. Love this brew. Chewy as hell but never overbearing or cloying.

In my top 3 impy stouts and it isn't moving out of there anytime soon.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 12/31/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
A: Pours thick like motor oil. Not quite inky or bitch black, perhaps an ebony hue with total opacity. Head is full and creamy, ½ inch of toasted marshmallow colored cream.

S: Melted Belgian chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate, vanilla custard, café au lait, and molasses.

T: Whole lotta chocolate going on in here. Very soothing and creamy with an undercurrent of caramel, vanilla and honey drenched prunes. The sweetness of the chocolate is subtle and not obtrusive, present but not demanding. The chocolate reminds me a lot of pudding and milkshake. A fine amount of ground espresso can be found which leads the drinker into the delicate nature of the bitterness in this brew. Definitely the least bitter of the top tier imperial stouts. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the bitterness found in dark baking chocolate and not from the likes of roasted barley. Finishes with hints of licorice, lots of chocolate and stray traces of alcohol.

M: Full bodied, thick and chewy.

D: Stunning beer. One of the most decadent beers on the market. The sweetness can play on you after a while, but that’s what I get for tackling the bottle by myself.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Originally reviewed 08/05/06

Spring 2006 Release

Poured from bomber into snifter.

A - Pours pitch black. Looks like motor oil. Starts with a small coffee like head, which disappeared quickly into only whisps on the outer edge of the glass.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, with a little bit of citrusy hops and maybe licorice.

T - Wow, what a ride here. Tons happening. Have to sip again and again to try to pinpoint it all. Some burnt coffee and licorice up front. Chicory, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow, rich roasted malts, and maybe a bit of honey. I am probably missing some here. So much going on.

M - Thick and slightly syrupy, but still somehow creamy.

D - This is a sipper. Great beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2006
I am still getting a taste for the stouts, but this one was very good. Along with the Rogue Chocolate Stout, one of my favorites. Pours a nice dark color with one of the better foam heads i’ve seen. The taste is not overwhelming and very smooth. The crisp after taste is probably what I like the most.

Served In: Pint Glass

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