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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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TTL Transatlantic Stouts, as it happened

http://twittertastelive.com/events/twitter-taste-live-beer-stouts says:

Tasting Times (EST USA):

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout– 6:10
Rogue Shakespeare Stout– 6:30
Rogue Chocolate Stout– 6:50
Samuel Smith Imperial Stout– 7:10

7:30 – ? @reluct_scooper says he has a few UK Stouts that he will open and tweet about. Discussion on Sam Smith & Rogue continues.

5:53: I’ve got my water nearby, tweetdeck chirping away, and I’ve already done group and individual bottle shots. This is going to be cool.

6:21: Just got some compliments on my notes. This is fun.

7:08 this is tough to do. Lots of beer!

8:39 What an experience. Here’s the trail:

  1. @reluct_scooper those two are very fine examples, but many more exist. #ttl

  2. @NormskiBrewer nice to have you! #ttl

  3. http://twitpic.com/1mf4n is a little compilation pic of tonight’s offerings. Cheers.

  4. @beerbabe just finished a WWS, and enjoyed it immensely. It defines the words ‘sip’ and ‘pleasure’. #ttl

  5. @beerbabe I ❤ Santo Palo Marron. I’ve gotten into Facebook fights over the amazingness of this brew. #ttl

  6. @beerbabe the flavor really emerges with the mellowing warmth. #ttl

  7. @beertweeter I am an amateur beer chef. 😉 hehehe. #ttl

  8. having very room temp Shakespeare, and it’s still standing up nicely. Nice hop finish, a bit mellower, of course, but flavor is there. #ttl

  9. @beertweeter good or bad? I finished my impy. #ttl

  10. biab. You people absolutely rock. #ttl

  11. @beertweeter you inspired me. 😉 #ttl

  12. @Normskibrewer My pleasure. 😉 #ttl

  13. @tastelive blushes and cheers. 😉 Video forthcoming, but a slower process. #ttl

  14. @beerbabe Thanks! It’s my latest little way of getting into my work. 😉 #ttl

  15. Photos from tonight’s tasting: http://tinyurl.com/bcxrph #ttl

  16. @Ekajtactless love that bastard. #ttl

  17. #3 trend on all of twitter. That really is kind of something on a Saturday evening, no? #ttl

  18. Wow. we cracked the code. Care deeply about something and talk about it. For hours! Lets get advertisements going. 😉 #ttl

  19. @Gservo had the Creme Brulee on tap once. That was nice. #ttl

  20. @Normskibrewer I like the way you drink… er think. #ttl
  21. @beertweeter Sessions are the new imperial styles. 😉 #ttl

  22. @reluct_scooper yeah I’d like to hear the also rans! #ttl

  23. @Normskibrewer If you want bucketlist brews, I’d suggest Mikkeller Black, Beer Geek breakfast, Great Divide Yeti, Dogfish Head 120, etc #ttl

  24. @Normskibrewer I don’t think any of these were to-die-for brews, but all good. #ttl

  25. @beerbabe I think these all stood up well. We can all agree that a macro brown ale would have trouble in the list. 😉 #ttl

  26. @Normskibrewer Sam Smith Imperial 17/20 Oatmeal 18/20 Rogue Chocolate 16/20 Shakespeare 18/20 #ttl

  27. @beerbabe it’s going to be a long night. But delicious. Cheers! #ttl

  28. going to follow each of you soon. 😉 #ttl

  29. @beertweeter I love that we live in a time that we can share this experience in this way. I’m a technologist first, and this is sublime #ttl

  30. @beerbabe it was my absolute pleasure, I can assure you. I’ve wanted to taste beers with you a long time now. #ttl

  31. does anyone esle have unfinished bombers sitting before them? #ttl

  32. This has been a lot of fun, friends! I’m looking forward to the next one as well. #ttl

  33. Being that Philly Beer week is approaching I think ale on cask will be an easy fix come March. Just saying. #ttl

  34. @beertweeter I think we all might benefit. They do casks at the Hulmeville Inn from time to time, in PA. #ttl

  35. I once had Sculpin from a Firkin in Philadelphia at a very special event. 😉 #ttl

  36. @beertweeter will do. I’m in NJ. You? #ttl

  37. @beertweeter there’s a place near me that has no trouble kicking casks in a few days — they do great advertising, beer lists, etc. #ttl

  38. @beertweeter trending #10 – damn, who’s at #9? #ttl

  39. @beertweeter The Mikkeller (Imperial stout) I mentioned earlier comes out at about 18% ABV. #ttl

  40. @hopwild I have to say I usually taste at cellar or warmer. I enjoy fuller flavors, genuinely. Mine aren’t cold at all, but delicious. #ttl
  41. @beerbabe sadly, no. #ttl

  42. @Normskibrewer Sam Smith Imp Stout. #ttl

  43. @hoppy_mike Raison seems a lot more intense than this, though. This is smoother, mellow, to me. #ttl

  44. To Bill, a deserving brew for a deserving appreciative. #ttl

  45. palate starts washy, foamy, middles to a linen and silk luxury, followed by a raisinous dark roasted finish that stays for a bit. Nice. #ttl

  46. Agitation does wonders for the visuals and for the aroma. The flavor retains its impact thoughout. #ttl

  47. Taste goes right to raisin, plum, oats, and coffee. So very smooth. some carbo in the finish, but not distracting. #ttl

  48. An appropriate stout for the toast: thick viscosity, thinner beautiful tan head, intricate lacing. Bill might have loved it. #ttl

  49. @hopwild to Bill! #ttl

  50. @reluct_scooper Cheers! #ttl

  51. @beertweeter me am. I mean I am. Wow. Long night. #ttl

  52. Maybe instead of the 25 random things craze on facebook, we could start a 10 beers for life list. Just a thought. 😉 #ttl

  53. pausing to video and snapshot the pour and body. biab. #ttl

  54. Mikkeller 黑 is mine, hands down. Lots of Number 2s though. http://tinyurl.com/akgg4q #ttl

  55. @beerbabe how’s the pairing? #ttl

  56. @beerbabe Agreed and wholeheartedly. #ttl

  57. @beerbabe I would go as far as to say that generalizing to gender is a fruitless endeavor. Especially when it comes to beer. 😉 #ttl

  58. Comparatively, I’d say this is more intense than the Sam Smith, but less than the Shakespeare. Hops are somewhat less here, no? #ttl

  59. @beertweeter and oh, how I’ve tried to turn her on to great beer. 😉 #ttl

  60. @beertweeter my wife. #ttl
  61. Starts carbona crisp, dry, and middles to blunt malty roasted notes. Finish is slightly bitter. Dark chocolate throughout. Delicious. #ttl

  62. roasted malt definitely comes through in the aroma as chocolate. Fully opaque body with foamy tan head. lacing is nice already. Milky. #ttl

  63. just paused to take some video of the pour and some body shots. Pourn. hehe. Ahem. Back now. #ttl

  64. oh man. sit this pint aside. take a drink of water. deep breath. #ttl

  65. @beerbabe a good problem to have. 😉 #ttl

  66. For Rogue, DFH, and Stone, having new offerings allows for diversity and experimentation that led to their original success. Good on em #ttl

  67. @beerbabe And as a result, you get Chipotle ale. I was less impressed with Soba ale. Don’t get me started on Dogfish Head. 😉 #ttl

  68. @beerbabe Babe Ruth was a leader in strikeouts as well as hits (i think), I think Rogue’s experimental nature allows for greatness. #ttl

  69. @beertweeter +10 for Lovibond reference. #ttl

  70. @beerbabe Rogue is really one of the most reliable brewers for hopheads no matter the style. Their Yellow Snow IPA, is world class IMO. #ttl

  71. No light escapes the body, no taste bud avoids the hop and silky coating. The back and roof my mouth are tingling. Well crafted. #ttl

  72. I think it’s brave of Sam Smith to endcap these brews from Rogue in our tasting. It says something for the fortitude of their brews. #ttl

  73. @beertweeter WD-80 😉 #ttl

  74. Flavor is far more hoppy, middles out to citrus and mint for me, finish is very bitter and lasting. I absolutely love Rogue brews. #ttl

  75. this is wholly opaque, black, no such ruby notes as in the SS. Fluffy tan head goes to thin with intricate lace. Beautiful. #ttl

  76. @hopwild mine deflated too, but lace is nice. #ttl

  77. @beerbabe i ❤ sediment. Lees, extra yeast, whatever, let me at it. #ttl

  78. @beertweeter lol Radiohead here. #ttl

  79. <sips water> #ttl

  80. @hopwild as we approach 25% ABV in some experimental Dogfish head brews, I think we’ll see it more and more. ;)One can hope. #ttl
  81. @hopwild I find that 5% and under forego the ABV listing. #ttl

  82. @reluct_scooper the carbo left mine pretty quickly and let the flavor come through. I started at cellar temp, too. #ttl

  83. Belgian lacing is crisp, intricate, and picture perfect. Nice way to finish. #ttl

  84. starts crisp, mellows to soy and dark notes quickly, longer oat based finish. A delicious session brew. #ttl

  85. I have a little 5 LED flashlight to get a good impression of the deeper color in more opaque brews. This one lights right up! #ttl

  86. I love stouts with some sediment or bottle conditioning. This one is clean as a whistle, but I’ll not hold it against ol’ Sam. #ttl

  87. @binendswine bottoms up while it’s 5% ABV! 😉 #ttl

  88. @binendswine blushing and cheers! #ttl

  89. jealous of those with food pairing. 😉 #ttl

  90. The color is one of the nicest features, I think — that ruby tinge is one of my favorite in the beer spectrum. #ttl

  91. As the carbonation departs and it warms, the flavors start to emerge more. Raisin, plum, soy. #ttl

  92. roasted malt is definitely coming through — oats help it. more choc than coffee for me. #ttl

  93. Mine is smooth, a bit like tea. Some chocolate, as beerbabe notes. I have a cold, sigh. #ttl

  94. @hopwild may be a bit shelved. Age doesn’t work in all brews, or could be a bad producer recipe. #ttl

  95. Taking shots and video as we go, will go up on http://beercritic.wordpress… later. #ttl

  96. Just a bit translucent. The ruby undertones are beautiful and the tan head is fluffy with nice lacing. #ttl

  97. Lots of grain and earthiness in the aroma. Nice. #ttl

  98. it says 6 p.m. EST here. 😉 #ttl

  99. I have four glasses setup, an english pint for the oatmeal, a shaker for the shakespeare, 2 snifters for the rest. All room temp, clean #ttl

  100. @binendswine Stouts, depending on substyle can be poured into shakers, English Pints (e.g. oatmeal), and Snifters (e.g. imperial) #ttl
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Beercritic asks: Attending Twitter Live Tasting: Stouts?
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Tonight at 6 p.m., EST, I’ll be participating (as twitter username lemasney) in an online tasting event, part of Twitter Tasting Live, more commonly known on

Twitter as #TTL, where people tweet tasting notes all the time, and hash TTL as a way of updating those who are interested.

From time to time, specific beers are chosen for group review, like a book club, and we all get together on a Saturday night, virtually, to participate.

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Tonight, we’ll be tasting two British Stouts, and two American Stouts. They each have garnered 98s on RateBeer.com which is no easy task. Rogue‘s Chocolate Stout and their Shakespeare Stout, as well as Samuel Smith‘s Oatmeal Stout and their Imperial Stout. I’ve had all of these before, but am looking forward to having them all again. This will be my first time participating in a group TTL event, but not their first event — I missed that one, and how sad I was.

For more info, visit: http://www.twittertastelive.com/events/twitter-taste-live-beer-stouts

Also, I’ve done some math on what I can expect to consume in calories this evening as a single taster who does not intend to throw any of this great beer away:

Brewery and brew	RateBeer	ABV	Price	FlOz	Calories	price per fl oz
Rogue Chocolate Stout	98.	6.30%	$5.99	22	347	$0.27
Rogue Shakespeare Stout	98.	6.00%	$5.99	22	330	$0.27
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout	98.	7.00%	$3.29	18.7	327	$0.18
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout	98.	5.00%	$3.09	18.7	234	$0.17
					1,238	Total Calories
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North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 2007

ABV: 9%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 oz stem goblet
Purchased at: circle liquors, pennington
Price per fl oz: $3 / 12 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, chocolaty, and nutty. Alcohol comes through, but still drinkable. Impressive darkness, tan head, and aroma. Hoppy finish and malty front end are wonderfully balanced. A great example of the style.

Aroma/Olfactory: 10 out of 10
Malt flavor is: dark caramel, maple syrupy, dark chocolate, bold coffee, almonds, cashews, almost burnt
Hop flavor is: resinous, florid, oregano
Yeast flavor is: rye, floury, feta cheese, dirt, dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, ginger, garlic, licorice, raisin, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: black, without highlights except for a light blue tinge
Liquid is: absolutely dark
Head and lace are: nice, brown with sticky lacing

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: oily, creamy, sticky, papery
Carbonation is: soft, flat
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long

Overall experience: A great taste and visual experience. Murky and mysterious, but tastes deep and wonderful. 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, color, and aroma. I did not like the high price, but I can’t say it wasn’t worth it.

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
ABV: 5.2%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: footed tapered 8 fl oz
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor
Price per fl oz: $4.39 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: A dark and opaque beauty with a lacy, rich thick brown head. Luxurious chocolate flavor and not too heavy like many other chocolate stouts. Highly drinkable. Amber at the edge. Aroma is smoky, chalky, and very nice.

Aroma/Olfactory: 7 out of 10
Malt flavor is: chocolate, wine, coffee, roasted, and oak.
Hop flavor is: resin, leaves, and orange.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, dark hearth bread. Pretzels.
Other flavors include: dark cherries, lemon peel, alcohol, solvent, malty.

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: black, brown, and amber at the edge. Beautiful Guinness-like rushing effect upon pour.
Liquid is: opaque.
Head and lace are: brown, thick, and lacy.

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: chocolate and medium sweet.
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: moderately bitter.
Sour level is: low.

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to heavy.
Texture is: creamy.
Carbonation is: medium.
Finish is: long, dark, and okay.

Overall experience: 15 out of 20. I liked the flavor, appearance, head, color, depth, signature flavors, longevity, alcohol, and packaging. An okay beer.

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Rogue Shakespeare Stout

ABV: 6%
IBU: 69
Volume: 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered pint 12 oz.
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2.5.2007

first impression: Rich deep dark chocolate color with an inch thick head. A true stout. Depth is impenetrable. A darkness in flavor too, though not rough or rocky – very smooth and quite appealing. Dull and has feel of clay slip. Definite chocolate undertones, with hints of licorice and allspice. It’s delectable.

Visuals — Color, depth, Belgian lace, legs: The color is absolutely thick with a deep brown. Only at the very edges does any caramel color emerge. It’s mysterious. Head is thick even after retreating. It is a solid stout, and fairly still, like a moat. Lace is intricate and leggy. Crystalline structures are well supported and the lace sparkles.

Olfactory — Aroma: Aroma is like a sealed box of fudge. You can’t keep the flavor from scenting the air.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The taste is full, deep, and entirely satisfying. It reminds of a chocolate whole wheat bread.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: This is a warming, hearth of a beer. It’s quite dense to look at and to lift and is absolutely full of heft.

second impression: This is the first stout I’ve ever actually enjoyed, as others seem watery, or too heavy, or without character and I fear others will pale comparatively. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.



Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: small snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.29
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and espresso. Dark roasted notes. Aroma is simply amazing. Fills the room. Visuals are an oily black with a tan head that starts thick but dissipates quickly to a wispy film. There is no light penetrating – sucks you in. Taste is its greatest feature, with fuller chocolate notes than many others. Peppery. Reminds me of other favorite chocolate stouts, like Brooklyn’s. It is rich, deep, and satisfying – well balanced, and 9.5% is hidden expertly. Palate is sudsy, satin, and luxurious. This is worthy of very high praise. Second Impression: One of my favorites. I have to start getting a hold of some more Great Divide brews – I hardly noticed them before. There’s something about the more subtle notes that put this brew slightly above the others in its class.

Aroma: 10 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 20 out of 20. I think this is my perfect beer.