Friday, May 22, 2009

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Imperial Russian Stout, 10.5%, Limited Release for Spring 2009.

I've really been enjoying the offerings from Stone Brewing Company since they made their Florida appearance this year, and I've been drinking a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts recently, so I was especially excited to try this beer.

It pours thick, like motor oil with a massive root beer float head. The smell of dark fruit, coffee, and malt makes my mouth water.

The taste is somewhat aggressive...heavy on the palate, but tapers to a smooth chocolate. It's incredibly thick.

I can't help but think this would taste much better in about a year. I think I sampled this way too young - it really needs to mellow and let the flavors blend a bit.

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