Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2011


Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2011 cover

Boom goes the dynamite, with Stone's Imperial Russian Stout, one you should run out and try on tap at Jones Radiator. Bottles should be hitting stores soon.

This is a jet black beer with an almost equally dark head, powered by 10.5% ABV. It's a smack in the face, for sure, but it's an enjoyable slap none the less.

Sniff it -- as you should because you could probably use this as a perfume -- and the depth reveals itself straight away. The malts are present, as are hints of chocolate. Hints of sweetness tickles the back of the nose, in a creepy yet wondrous way.

Take a sip, and the beer ballets onto your tongue, lacing it delicately, telling you everything will be OK. You can taste the alcohol, certainly, but it's not booze-y. The hints of vanilla and caramel makes this reminiscent of a nice brandy, and a smooth one at that. If a beer could be velvet-textured, this would definitely be it.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and this is obviously a sipping beer. One to enjoy.

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself and Stone will help you do just that. This could be a strong contender for ale of the year.