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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4.11/5 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 2,468 ratings.