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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4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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…
M – On the lighter side of full bodied… Dense… Even and consistent… Limited carbonation… Starts lush… The middle is chewy and viscous… The finish is intensely dry…
D – There is no doubt this is an excellent brew, but I have some mixed feelings… This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout, but the espresso presence isn’t as in your face as I would have liked… Other than the name on the bottle and in the ferocious espresso on the finish of each sip, I would otherwise stuggle to identify this as a coffee beer… All that being said, I can’t knock it much because it’s still an outstanding brew…
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 11:14:15 | More by philbe311
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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