Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Teleweizen2:
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - pours a deep reflective opaque black. barely a fingers worth of tan foam rises up but does have some decent retention. leaves some spotty lacing with each sip.
S - the aroma starts off as pure espresso beans. oily, grindy, roasty espresso beans. as it warms notes of silky chocolate shavings, mocha, and char. hints of fruit come though as well in the form of raisins and berries.
T - first flavors of rich doughy bread come through followed by notes of melted chocolate sort of like a chocolate spread on a toasty roll. notes of smoke, peppery alcohol, and espresso in the center. the backend is mostly roast and with an underlying chocolate note. finish is long, roasty, slightly peppery and a touch sweet.
M - fulled bodied with a creamy texture. medium carbonation.
O - a really nice version of the classic stone IRS. while similar to the original this is really cranked up on the roast on the aroma side but the surprising thing is it is very smooth on the palate. great beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 02:24:23 | More by Teleweizen2
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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 2,475 ratings.