Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by acevenom:
5/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some tiny bubbles are rising along the side of the glass, indicating some carbonation. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells like dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The smells are bold and roasty. I don't smell any alcohol. The first sip is like taking a swig of espresso, which is big and roasty along with the dark and roasty malt backbone and the chocolate. Like the aroma, the flavors are bold. They're also straightforward, but still very flavorful. One thing that I can't taste is the alcohol, which at 11% is very well masked in this beer. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and dangerously easy to drink. This is an excellent beer and another winner from Stone.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 19:06:06 | More by acevenom
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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 2,473 ratings.