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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,468 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,468
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 136
Gots: 401 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
2013 "Odd Year" Release
Served in a snifter

Dark chestnut brown appearance. Lighter in color and thinner is viscosity than a typical Russian imperial stout of this magnitude. The liquid was capped by a small crop of saddle brown foam. The head quickly dissipated to a think, clingy ring. Drippy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was definitely the best part of this beer. Freshly ground espresso beans dominated. Super intense. Rich and robust. Slightly roasty. Malty and mildly sweet.

While not as strong as in the nose, espresso notes also played a leading role in the flavor profile. Lots of roastiness. Somewhat bitter with hints of char. Slightly woody and astringent. The finish was quite hoppy and bitter. The hops were piney and minty and they intensified as the beer warmed. At 11% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style and contained a moderate, bubbly effervescence.

I am not a huge of Stone's Russian Imperial Stout, but this espresso version was definitely an improvement over the original. With a bigger body and a bit less hoppiness, this could be an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:56:13 | More by Damian
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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,468 ratings.