Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jpro:
4.26/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black; obsidian; half-finger of coffee head; no lace is left by the minimal haze of retention.
S: Dark chocolate; charred, sweet, black malt; coffee notes; not quite as over the top as I was expecting, but nice.
T: Cocoa; espresso for sure; molasses; dark chocolate and coffee bitterness on the end; some alcohol... this is 11%, after all.
M: Full-bodied; low carbonation; heavy; some residual heat... pretty much your typical feel for the style; leaves the palate pretty sticky.
O: A very nice, odd-year variation of Stone IRS; I'd have it again; very drinkable at 11% although it does become a sipper as it warms and takes on additional layers of complexity.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2013 01:17:40 | More by jpro
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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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