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Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

ABV: 10.8 %
RateBeer rating: 100/96
Calories: estimated at 600 C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.99

Originally enjoyed on 5/9/2008

This is a one-year anniversary tasting, and by complete coincidence.

First Impression: Aroma is roasted, chocolate, nutty, and slightly metallic. Visuals are pitch dark body topped with a nice thick brown head, which dissipates in a few minutes but not completely. Lacing is nice.  Taste does not disappoint. A deep, hoppy, roasted flavor. Some coffee, some dark chocolate, some smoke, but just a touch. Alcohol is very well hidden. Palate is back of tongue, spongey, yeasty, and blunt, long, very tasty finish. Nicely done. A grave presence. Second Impression: an impressive beer by any standard, but a great stout. Surprisingly drinkable, deep, delicious, and so very well balanced. Stone does amazing things.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 19 out of 20. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Hey John. I’m going to have to check out the big bottle section to see if they have this guy down here in Florida. There are plenty of Stones, and this one sounds like a Boulder. Ok, stupid joke, I know.

Talk to you soon.

Comment by Beer Drinker

Hey, Beer Drinker!

Yeah, if you see any Stone, it’s usually a good bet. Cheers!

j.

Comment by lemasney

I love this beer. I’d have to put it in my category of “one of the best beers I’ve had” as well :)

Comment by carlajean42

I imagine this one’s on a lot of people’s lists. Thanks for the comment, carlajean42!

Comment by lemasney

[...] and an awesome stout, I am not alone in this opinion.  The Hedonist thinks so, and so does the Beer Critic (though he is no longer reviewing [...]

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