Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

I picked up a bottle of Stone Imperial Russian Stout from Al’s of Hampden as a precursor to trying the BELGO Anise Imperial Stout. The beer pours a black color with a lofty and frothy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and pine. The taste is strong and large with plenty of toasted malts and a hefty helping of chocolate. There is a dry coffee finish with hints of cream, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. The after taste is spicy with pine and pepper. The alcohol content is 10.5% ABV. This is a quality example of an Imperial Russian Stout, but non-hop heads should beware, as it does have a spicy and peppery after taste that I loved, but some may not. It really adds an element to the beer not found in most others within this style.

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