Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by corby112:
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Impressive retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hops and a very strong coffee/espresso character. The dark malt and coffee notes are countered by a sweet, silky chocolate presence. Gourmet roasted espresso bean complimented by dark chocolate,oatmeal and toast. This is followed by a faint resinous hop character, bakers chocolate and cacao.
Full bodied with a huge espresso/robust coffee flavor that adds another dimension to the complexity of the base beer. Delicious roasted, slightly nutty, gourmet coffee flavor perfectly compliments the malt profile and subtle hop bitterness of the regular IRS. Robust and bitter but never becomes overwhelmingly dry or acrid. Lots of espresso flavor up front along with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and subtle smoke. There's some resinous hop bitterness mid-palate with some grass and pine needle followed by sweet, desert-like silky chocolate notes. Hints of fudge, German chocolate cake, cacao and subtle lactose toward the back end. Although this is a huge, complex beer, the high ABV is pretty much undetectable, making it deceptively drinkable. This is the kind of beer you want to slowly sip on and savor, but I love the flavor so much that I can't help myself from downing the bomber very quickly. Possibly the best tasting coffee beer that I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 07:27:38 | More by corby112
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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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