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Stone “Imperial Russian Stout”
Stone Brewing Company – Escondido, California USA
Imperial Stout (ABV 10.5%)

[Best served in a Snifter]

Rating 4.0/5.0

Aroma: 7/10

Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 17/20

The pour was a thick rich black with a large (2-3 finger) dense medium brown creamy head that lasted a good while, reducing slowly to just a little residue that was left clinging to the glass rather nicely.

The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a very mild alcohol presence.

The taste was malty and sweetly bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses early on, and then became a tad bitterer with a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time with the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit being present for a while before the alcohol presence became dominant.

Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an intensely tasty Imperial Stout that has a lot of flavor and a strong alcohol finish that was hardly noticeable to the nose.

Reviewed; 1/3/2012

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