Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L – Pitch black color with a 2.5-finger, bubbly, brown head that fades relatively quickly into a cap of tan-colored froth. There are some patches of lacing on the side of the glass and definitely some noticeable legs.
S – A lot of the usual aromas are here with molasses, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a bit of licorice, and touches of dark fruits. The coffee is certainly there but not nearly as potent as I expected from a beer labeled as an “espresso” stout.
T – Follows the nose pretty closely as it starts off sweet with molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits like plums and currants. As the taste progresses, the coffee becomes much more evident, and its bitterness builds. Spicy licorice appears at the finish.
F – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a velvety smooth and slick mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and mildly dry finish. Sweet chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, and spicy licorice all linger for bit. There’s a mild warmth from the alcohol but not nearly as much as I was expecting from a beer of this magnitude.
O – This is a nice RIS. I don’t find it much different than the ordinary Stone Imperial Russian Stout, except that there’s a bit more coffee and chocolate and less hops. I was expecting a blast of espresso to hit me with the aroma and the taste, but that just did not happen. I suppose that’s actually not that bad as it’s better for a beer to be balanced. Still, it’s very tasty and insanely drinkable for an 11% brew. Cheers, Stone!
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 04:20:42 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I happened to find four of these a few days. I am very glad I did because it is very inexpensive and already has a year on it. The espresso is probably a bit muted because of the age but it blends very well together. Some vanilla flavors as well as chocolate mix very well with the obvious espresso. I enjoyed this more than the regular stone RIS and I can't wait to open another bottle in 6 months.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 04:35:58 | More by Kramerwtmf
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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