Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Treyliff:
4.46/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Stone goblet
A- Pours black as night with a one-finger creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving spots of lace around the glass as it settles. The head is reminiscent of cappuccino
S- Lots of chocolate up front; dark chocolate, chocolate milkshake and cocoa powder. Bitter espresso notes kick in with some roasted coffee aromas. Notes of vanilla, red licorice, and just a touch of fruity esters
T- Huge chocolate flavors follow the aromas, picking up bitter dark chocolate, cocoa and milk chocolate. Intense roasted coffee notes kick in mid-palate with notes of vanilla and fig. The finish is dark and bitter with a coffee/chocolate linger that seems to last forever
M- Low carbonation and slightly viscous body lead to a creamy mouthfeel and a velvety finish. There's a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but overall hidden pretty well for 11%
O- Big, bold and bitter, exactly what one would expect from this beer. The coffee seems to showcase the chocolate flavors. This is definitely a sipper and has enough flavor to last for hours. This falls just below FBS on my scale of coffee stouts. Another winner from Stone. Can't wait to see what some age does to my other bottles
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 00:38:01 | More by Treyliff
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 2,477 ratings.