Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bomber to snifter, it's been out of the fridge for a while
Pours a full opaque with a finger of mocha foam, which has receded pretty quickly. No visible carbonation, good lacing and legs, no transparency.
Smells of roasted coffee malts, chocolate, oak, molasses, smoke, tobacco, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of hops. Lots of complexity, the espresso really dominates and drowns out a lot of the other aroma- should be taken care of with a year or two of aging
Tastes of upfront espresso, licorice, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, caramel, some dark fruit and alcohol. Everything comes together pretty well, even at only a month old. The coffee really compliments the stout in similar manner that bourbon does, emboldens and enhances. Bourbon aging these would be amazing
Feel is probably the weakest part, a little choppy going down. The alcohol is pretty well concealed but warms my throat on the way down, again something that should smooth out. Thick and creamy, really drinkable
Overall I'm not a fan of many of the 'odd year' releases, but this one is different. The idea works really well and if it's this good out the gate some age will really take it places. I've got three more in the cellar, and am hoping to pick up some more. I'll come back with a re-review in the future
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 06:17:21 | More by lordofstarside
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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 2,477 ratings.