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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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
an abbreviated review of a 22-bomber shared on 3-8-2014
opaque black appearance with 1/2-inch dark tan head, dissipating slowly and leaving a minimal collar
dark roast coffee and malts in the aroma, but there are more potent, more pleasant coffee beers
dark roast and chocolate gives way quickly to vegetal hop bitterness on the palate
i did not enjoy this beer as much as a year ago; would be inclined to blame the lapse the time and (perhaps) less than perfect cellar conditions, but the hops are not absent; on the contrary, they overpower the (albeit few) other elements of the beer. certainly, there are coffee beers (e.g., the Prairie Bomb I got to sample a day earlier) with more going on
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 18:46:42 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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