Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jjanega08:
4.34/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
2013 "Odd Year" release.
A= In typical IRS fashion it pours a deep black color with a nice thick finger of head that is a nice khaki color with a great amount of retention and lacing on the side of the glass.
S= Heavy in the espresso for sure. This beer obviously has a strong dark roast character to begin with and this espresso pushes it over the edge. Big smell with tons of roast.
T= The taste tones down the espresso a little bit but it is still the dominate characteristic. Big espresso without being too bitter however. A nice smooth RIS comes to be. One thing I love about Stones IRS is how drinkable it is if that makes sense and I was a little concerned that adding such strong flavors would tone that down but the espresso has kept with the drinkability.
M= Silky smooth. I can't think of a beer that is silkier than this.
O= A welcome addition to the "odd year" line. This is a tasty beer indeed. Seek this out.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 04:05:13 | More by jjanega08
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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.