Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Rated 4.225 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can - and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia's demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!

ID: 6602 Last updated 2 months ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank17
Overall Percentile100
Style Rank4 of 2434
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.264
Weighted Score4.225
Standard Deviation0.483

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  • IBREW2OR3 1135 reviews
    rated 4.3 2 months ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Rated Nov. 2006. On Tap @ O’Brien’s. Evil dark look with no head. Light aroma of mostly vanilla. Excellent flavor of rich roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, chocolate malts and caramel. Even and smooth. Awesome beer.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is the first beer by Stone I've drank that I liked. It's was very interesting because of the tea being blended into it. I enjoyed the taste, mouthfeel and aroma. Good beer for a low cost.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Bottled on 3/22/13. Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head that lofts for a bit. Looks carbonated but can't tell for sure because of the dark body. Aroma is bitter with strong hints of black coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Taste is very strong. Hints of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, brewers licorice, and plums/prunes. Back end has a noticeable metallic taste to it which can be a little annoying. Creamy body. If it wasn't for the metallic feeling it would bet much higher on my rating. To me the espresso aged version is much better.

  • CHOPZ 7231 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    2013 classic release at Total Wine in Vegas. Pours a real dark brown colour with a big frothy light brown head, great retention and lots of dirty lace, kind of soapy. Big molasses aromas at first, with some chocolate notes that eventually show up to balance things. Hints of vanilla too. Very smooth and silky medium-heavy mouthfeel with just a touch of dryness in the finish. The molasses are a little milder in the taste, with cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts and good hops creating well-blended bitterness. One of the easiest drinking Impy stout I have tried.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Great way to start a five day break. Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly brown head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol aroma. The flavour is huge and delicious. Roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, smoke and alcohol. Full bodied and creamy. That’s the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time.Love to find this on draught

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I picked this up for New Years Eve 2010. I cannot believe I have rated over 500 beers and yet this legend of a beer had escaped me for so long. It's tragic really as this beer was amazing. Very nice head (thick tan), good retention, malty, chocolaty, full bodied, and an aroma that tracked the flavor. Inasmuch as stouts are one of my favorite beers, I am disappointed that I only just taken the opportunity to enjoy it. I will ABSOLUTELY have this again and soon.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Has a rich, smoky, roast-coffee aroma with a nutty hint and just a touch of molasses. Pours a deep, opaque sable, just a shade this side of black with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around. Flavor does not disappoint - thick, smoky, tones of malt and unsweet chocolate, ribbon of hop bitterness, nutty and coffee hints, with a satisfyingly bitter finish. It fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer is BLACK!!!! Looks like motor oil. No light showing through even when held toward a light source. Tan colored, creamy, smooth head with a very nice size and real nice retention. Some good lacing too. Settled to a small bubbled film. Medium robustness of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Roasty and toasty. Not burnt I didn't think. Some dark raisin, but not real strong. A bit of smoke. Chocolate comes through more as it warms. Well balanced. Very rich dark chocolate in the taste. A forceful tone of alcohol that was somehow not overpowering. Roasted, almost burnt coffee grounds. A bit of licorice. A touch of warmth. Dark chocolate covered raisins. More rich and robust than the smell. Nice medium bitterness. Thick, full mouthfeel. Smooth, slick, oily. Dry. Covers the palate very well. Chewy. A bit of warmth is left on the palate. A slight "bite" of alcohol. Actually a little bit of a burn. Another great brew from Stone. It's extemely thick, so this may not be the best choice for hot weather. Personally, I like it. Very good in all categories. Beautiful appearance and mouthfeel and very solid with the aroma and flavor. Flavors and aromas settled a bit after it warmed. Still well balanced and more than adequate for the style. I picked up an extra bottle to cellar.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A lovingly brutal beer! Pours dark as sin, with a scathingly complex flavor balance of malt, hops, and toast. An appropriate sweetness helps to belay 10.5 ABV. Not your everyday beer, but if your in for some pleasant self flagellation grab a bottle.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    If you are a red wine lover this beer is for you. Extemely strong nose of malt and red wine with a very clean mouthfeel that finishes with tannins. The taste is very light, almost not there but finishes with strong tobacco. The finish is warm and well hidden alcohol. This is a unique beer and not at all indicative of an Impy, this beer is a style all it's own.

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