Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LI_PO12:
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bomber into tulip
Appearance- Jet black, motor oil, tan head that dissipates fast.
Aroma- The espresso is not as strong as I was expecting but definatly there. Along with roasted malt, some dark fruits slight vanilla . espresso become much more prominent as it warms some booze as well
Flavor- Big coffee espresso, roasted malt, figs, sharp bitterness, some vanilla on the back end. the bitterness and espresso lingering on in aftertaste. Some alcohol, but does not taste anywhere near 11%.
Mouthfeel- on the heavy side, moderate carbanation, smooth, warming alcohol
Overall- I'm diggin this. I love espresso and IRS so I felt okay picking this up on a whim. It is also very drinkable for the abv, I would never have guessed 11%..
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 01:37:56 | More by LI_PO12
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4.11/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle dated 3/18/13 into a snifter at fridge temp; allowed to warm.
Look: pours with very little head that quickly fades to a cinnamon-colored ring. Very dark brown that has a distinct ruby tinge where the light shines through.
Smell: I love coffee and I love beer (bit of a snob with both), but I almost never really enjoy the smell of coffee stouts; I enjoy this more than most. Cinnamon, chocolate, stale coffee, and maraschino cherries all make an appearance.
Taste: after getting past a fairly strong alcohol burn, this is just overflowing with chocolate, coffee, roasted marshmallows, fig, smoke, cherry, and cinnamon. Starts off sweet, ends bitter, neither to an unpleasant extreme.
Feel: a bit thin, especially given the abv and style. Also maybe a touch over-carbonated.
Overall: this is close to greatness, which is saying a lot for a style I don't tend to love. The harsh notes in the taste and the somewhat thin body are the major aspects that keep it from climbing into the next tier.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 00:40:39 | More by neurobot01
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,473 ratings.