Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PieOhMy:
3.91/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured into snifter.
A Black. No transparency. Thick dark brown head fades slowly. Nice lacing follows down the glass.
S Strong hit of roasted coffee beans. Mocha. Chocolate.
T Up front, the taste is very much like the smell. Burst of coffee and sweet espresso. Vanilla. Raisin and other dark fruit underlies the heavy coffee flavor. Quite rich.
M Full. Thick and foamy. Finishes like a swallow of chocolate milk.
O Very rich and sweet. Almost too much for this taster. Where the regular Stone RIS is very bitter this is very sweet. I love the forwardness of the coffee but the sweetness kills this. A good breakfast beer, alcohol is hidden well and there is some complexity. Still, this one is too much for me, couldn't have more than one.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2013 00:09:30 | More by PieOhMy
More User Reviews:
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 2,472 ratings.