Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Additional notes 05/18/24

Spring 2006 Vintage, 18 years old. Pictured.

Surprisingly good carbonation – not a lot but still decent – very sweet, no sign of oxidation, some solventy alcohol. The alcohol saves the beer for me, and makes it really good. Still some good legs on the beer.

On warming the beer gets even sweeter and there may be a little oxidation, but it’s minimal for me.

A relatively successful “old” beer, and I really enjoyed it, but obviously no need to take the edge of the original beer for more than a couple of years.


Original notes 12/24/04

What a great surprise. A sweet, delicious, thick treacle like beer that drank superbly and left an amazing feeling of well being and satisfaction.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice to reveal a thick, inky blackness that has yet to be matched by just about anything I can remember pouring – except black ink! Small tan head that left quickly to leave a classic, spotty cream film over the surface of the beer. Looks like a small oil slick in the glass!

An interesting juxtaposition of complex notes and apparent simplicity. Some molasses, but it’s on the sweet side rather than the burned side; a touch of caramel as well.

The surprise about the whole brew to me is the lack of bitterness and the upfront sweetness. I was a expecting a much harsher, drier experience. Lots of sugar molasses and a wonderfully controlled ABV. Great brewing!

Thanks to BA meathookjones.

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12/24/2004
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.5 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.65
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