Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it...you'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with.

Try Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout - 2015 Release Odd Year

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National Distribution:

AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico

International Distribution:

Australia; Alberta, Canada; Japan; Singapore; Sweden; and United Kingdom

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Tasting & Pairing Notes

Tasting Notes

By Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance

Beer pours dark brown with a deep tan head.

Aroma

Cocoa and coffee flavors dominate, along with bourbon-like oak notes, fruity fermentation esters and some yeasty breadiness.

Taste

Bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors are the most prevalent, plus fruitiness and hints of anise and yeastiness, which are followed by a smooth, balanced, slightly astringent, bitter finish. As it warms and opens up, the beer becomes smoother and the roasted flavors strengthen.

Palate

This beer is extremely full bodied and smooth, with a hint of alcohol heat.

Overall

We haven’t changed this recipe much from the original version that Stone President & Co-founder Steve Wagner created in 2000. It’s a fantastic beer, and we love brewing it every year!