Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.41/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful dark beer, with some purple or nut brown highlights. Surprisingly thick tan head, with very good retention and nice lacing.
Rich, smooth aroma, strongly of chocolate and espresso beans. Some cream, and a little bit of grape booziness. Lots of barley, but not overly roasted.
Smooth, decadent, rich and chocolatey. Big coffee notes. Far more roasted barley than was present in the aroma. Slightly nutty, with some dark fruit peeking through. Always a mellow brew, but age takes away bit of the decadence.
Slick and creamy mouth feel. Sticky and chewy. Very minor heat, and no sting.
This is a true dessert of a beer, and is really, really worth sharing. An entire bomber, or even perhaps entire glass, maybe too much for some people. Aging this beer at least a year helps tone that quality down. Either way, this is a fantastic beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 21:02:07 | More by Roguer
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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 2,469 ratings.