Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bung:
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz. Used oil like black pour, just a thin layer of dark tan head. Looks about like it should. Retained pretty well.
Aroma, iced mocha coffee. Not over blaring though, there is some roast malt to balance that out. Reminds a little of FBS.
Taste, roast malt and coffee, cocoa. It is quite dry, but quite nice. Again similar to FBS, just not quite the depth of flavor. Nice lingering bitterness, coffee and slight anise.
To the right of medium bodied, nice creamy carb. Maybe just a tad watery right now. Drinks no problem though with no abv presence.
It just barely a little rough. I bet a little age will make this really outstanding, same as with the original. Certainly worth trying and saving a few.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2013 02:03:30 | More by Bung
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4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A – A fairly active pour yields a full fingers worth of slightly late to develop light brown colored crisp frothiness with a bit of a rocky top… Decent retention… The color is a somewhat flat inky black that doesn’t allow any light to permeate… Largely still with a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass…
S – A very nice nose… There is an undeniable coffee presence, but it isn’t nearly as potent as I would have expected… A strong vanilla presence… Caramel… Brown sugar… Molasses… A light bit of soy sauce… Raisins… A terrific Russian Imperial Stout aroma, but I wish the coffee were a bit more pronounced…
T – Starts with a tad of sweetness… Vanilla… Dark fruits… Caramel… Molasses… There’s a bit of roasted malts buried a bit beneath the surface… You have to wait quite a bit, but the espresso really emerges on the deep finish… It’s has a very deep dark roasted character…
M – On the lighter side of full bodied… Dense… Even and consistent… Limited carbonation… Starts lush… The middle is chewy and viscous… The finish is intensely dry…
D – There is no doubt this is an excellent brew, but I have some mixed feelings… This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout, but the espresso presence isn’t as in your face as I would have liked… Other than the name on the bottle and in the ferocious espresso on the finish of each sip, I would otherwise stuggle to identify this as a coffee beer… All that being said, I can’t knock it much because it’s still an outstanding brew…
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 11:14:15 | More by philbe311
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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