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10.50% ABV. Russian Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA. Was looking forward to trying this one this year (2011) as I wasn’t sure if I had this seasonal brew before. Poured from 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an inky black color with a rocky tan head absolutely beautiful. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee, with some alcohol. Flavor follows the aroma, with a nice chocolate backbone that holds flavors of roasted malts and coffee, as well as hints of dark fruits. A good RIS for those who shy away from it. However, overall quite disappointing for me compared to better Imperial Stouts out there!
Locally Available? Yes.
Update: As of July 2011, I had an opportunity to try a 2007 vintage at Rustico’s in Virgina ($33 bottle split with a buddy). The vintage was much, much better tasting. Smoother and sinful. The only downside to drinking this RIS was that it was in the middle of a hot summer night. This spring-release beer should consider pushing the distribution date further to the fall/winter season. Thumbs up for the vintage!