Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mikem0487:
4.46/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle. Bottled on 3/28/13.
A-Pitch black body with a brown fingers width head. Descent lacing left on the outer rim of the glass.
S-Roasted malts, coffee and espresso. Mild dark chocolate notes mixed in with hints of vanilla rounding out nose.
T-The taste follows the nose with roasted notes throughout the palate. The espresso comes in strong more towards the end and finish. Dark chocolate and vanilla notes help to level out the roasted character of the stout. The subtle hop attributes give a nice balance with the roasted characteristics and a mild bitterness to the finish.
M-Full bodies mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low side for this style but goes well with the heavy coffee/espresso flavor.
O-Very good drinkable imperial stout. Taste real nice and balanced with slight heat at the finish from the alcohol. I have another one aging and cannot wait to see how it has developed and evolved over time.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 02:47:31 | More by mikem0487
More User Reviews:
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 2,478 ratings.