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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,220 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2220
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.59%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ediaz:
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ediaz

Florida

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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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…

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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,220 ratings.