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:
4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A – A fairly active pour yields a full fingers worth of slightly late to develop light brown colored crisp frothiness with a bit of a rocky top… Decent retention… The color is a somewhat flat inky black that doesn’t allow any light to permeate… Largely still with a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass…
S – A very nice nose… There is an undeniable coffee presence, but it isn’t nearly as potent as I would have expected… A strong vanilla presence… Caramel… Brown sugar… Molasses… A light bit of soy sauce… Raisins… A terrific Russian Imperial Stout aroma, but I wish the coffee were a bit more pronounced…
T – Starts with a tad of sweetness… Vanilla… Dark fruits… Caramel… Molasses… There’s a bit of roasted malts buried a bit beneath the surface… You have to wait quite a bit, but the espresso really emerges on the deep finish… It’s has a very deep dark roasted character…
M – On the lighter side of full bodied… Dense… Even and consistent… Limited carbonation… Starts lush… The middle is chewy and viscous… The finish is intensely dry…
D – There is no doubt this is an excellent brew, but I have some mixed feelings… This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout, but the espresso presence isn’t as in your face as I would have liked… Other than the name on the bottle and in the ferocious espresso on the finish of each sip, I would otherwise stuggle to identify this as a coffee beer… All that being said, I can’t knock it much because it’s still an outstanding brew…
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 11:14:15 | More by philbe311
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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