Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cxr1037:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle from BevMo.
appearance - typical of imperial stouts - dark black with thin espresso head.
smell - not too unlike other coffee/espresso stouts i've had before. lots of espresso up front. dark chocolate.
taste - not a big surprise here, but in a good way: bitter dark chocolate, espresso, a lingering bitterness. these three dominate, especially as the beer warms up.
mouthfeel - bitterness coats the mouth. low, but nice carbonation.
overall - quite fond of this espresso imperial russian stout. i haven't really desired a stout in a while, but this was a good return to the style. if i could add anything, i think some smokiness might add a unique dimension to this brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2013 02:57:18 | More by cxr1037
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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 2,477 ratings.