Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
4.21/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A-Pours about a pretty as a RIS can pour. No light penetration. The body rolls out of the bottle with a nearly sappy consistency. The head is a tall, compact assortment of millions of tiny, burnt tan bubbles. Impeccable retention and an endless dowry of lacing.
S-The nose is sweet and broodingly roasty. Blatantly has a 'dark chocolate covered espresso bean' nose. The roast combines with the sweetness to near perfection. Agitating the glass (swirling) really brings those espresso notes out. A bit smoky too. The nose is a bit less intense than expected but its very addictive.
T-The flavor is spot on but it doesn't have that overwhelming, palate-shocking intensity I was expecting. All that bitter, dark chocolate is there. The beans really shine in the finish. The two dominant flavors of coffee and chocolate leave little else to speak of. Its a very nice one-two punch...but its just a couple ticks below the intensity I was expecting.
M-Great feel. Creamy and just viscous enough. Very pleasing to leave on the tongue for several moments and swish it around. High roast-imparted bitterness. Mild heat after each sip.
O/D-Its right there with the original Stone IRS. Hell, its about 50 times better than Belgo-Anise IRS. I like the addition of the espresso here. However, I think the original is a bit more brazen, which I enjoy. Pretty good altogether. Will most likely buy another to sit on for a year or so.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2013 00:40:15 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I happened to find four of these a few days. I am very glad I did because it is very inexpensive and already has a year on it. The espresso is probably a bit muted because of the age but it blends very well together. Some vanilla flavors as well as chocolate mix very well with the obvious espresso. I enjoyed this more than the regular stone RIS and I can't wait to open another bottle in 6 months.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 04:35:58 | More by Kramerwtmf
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.