Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ediaz:
4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: pitch black, not even permitting light through its edges; a mocha colored head leaves light lacing and a heavy ring hugging the glass- 4.5
S: dark chocolate, malts, a little hoppy, espresso seems to hang out in the background, but it could be bigger- 4.0
T: the chocolate melds with a sharp coffee flavor to produce a huge taste. There's a hidden sweetness that complements the dominant flavors. Getting a little oak, and it has a nice hop backbone that keeps it honest. Some dark fruits seem to come through as I get through the glass- 4.75
M: definitely as heavy as I want, but I'd like for a little less carb. Regardless, the body of the beer is strong enough to support the huge taste well- 4.5
O: a fantastic beer. Stone did very well choosing this treatment for a classic beer of the style. Once again, stone sets the bar in a simple and dominant way. Nothing flashy, just a solid kick ass beer- 4.5
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 00:08:53 | More by ediaz
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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 2,472 ratings.