Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
4.61/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip (I am putting this at the top so that you see it. You really need to take a decent sip and then keep it in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, as well as swirl it around. It completely changes the mouthfeel and profile with each second. It is a great feeling.)
A: In the glass it is pitch black, but on the pour it is actually a really nice extremely dark brown. It produces a half a finger mocha head that diminishes just as rapidly. There is even a slight bit of lacing.
S: I get a lot of chocolate hazelnut espresso notes, like freshly ground coffee beans, with a sweet malt backbone to complement.
T: This is a phenomenal stout that is a great companion piece to their standard IRS. The espresso really complements the stoutness, but the espresso notes are quite faint and mellow. They don't really come out and greet your palate. However, the espresso is quite prevalent in the aftertaste and really dominates it. The aftertaste might be the best part. It makes you want to sip slowly and enjoy the taste in your mouth. All the malt is very smooth and a bit sweet. It is all like a slightly sweetened alcoholic espresso. As it warms the espresso begins to come through a lot more, which melds perfectly well with the surrounding malt of the stout. Also, the espresso 'bitterness' comes out more in the aftertaste as well, but not in a bad way like other similar stouts I have had.
M: It has a nice body that isn't too thick, which is nice. There is an even crispness from the carbonation that is prevalent throughout. However, you don't get that sharp crescendo or bite that some carbonation lends towards the end of the swallow, which is a good thing.
O: Finally, a good Odd Year release (though I didn't get to try the Belgo Anise IRS). It has finally paid off. I wish I had their regular stout to compare this to right now. They make a great stout and this is a great coffee/espresso stout. I will say that I haven't really had a straight shot of espresso though. However, I can really appreciate this and it taste amazing. All of the aspects are standouts and great examples of the style. You taste none of the alcohol at all.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 01:53:57 | More by gillagorilla
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4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter. 2013 odd year release
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer . It is s pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Roasted espresso, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and a little smoke.
Taste: espresso coffer, delicious milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, a little smoke, a little bitterness, and some warm booze.
Mouthfeel: Super creamy silky chocolately smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little booze
Overall: This is probably one of the best RIS I have ever tasted. It was solid, balanced, and tasty the whole through down to the last sip. I need to find more of these odd year release bottles.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 00:45:02 | More by Flounder57
4.76/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden.
A clear, dark brown, almoust black beer. One finger high head with a beigebrown colour.
Nose: Roasted malt, espresso coffee, cream, dark bread, vanilla icecream, dark chocolate, dried fruit and vanille.
Taste: Espresso, roasted malt, licorice, hops and oak. A creamy mouthfeel with a soft texture.
The alcohol is well hidden. A great sweetness from the malt that is balanced of the bitternes from the coffee.
GREAT imperial stout! - Go get it!
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 00:28:01 | More by craftbeersweden
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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