June 21, 2013

The Brü Revü – Stone Imperial Russian Stout

I am a total Stone Brewing devotee so it’s surprising I waited this long to finally try their infamous Imperial Russian Stout.  On top of that I was able to sit on this for a year which shows remarkable restraint but I knew I would be rewarded in the end.  And what a reward it was.  Released once a year around the beginning of summer, this Imperial Russian Stout is uniquely timed and uniquely fantastic. The IRS poured an opaque black with a slight tan head.  The aroma held notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt with a slight hint of licorice and dark fruits.  The taste followed suit with a strong note of molasses, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Obviously there was a lot going on in this brew and it deserves the strong reputation.  The fantastic flavors only expanded as it warmed A full and rich bodied beer that was a pleasure to consume.  This wasn’t just a beer, it was an experience.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

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