Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mlhyatt:
3.83/5 rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance- pours jet black with a very nice half inch to an inch dark tan head.
Smell- great. I love the way the coffee smells in this one. Its has a little bit if a charred smell to it but the roastiness of it is not overwhelming.
Taste- this is where i was a little disappointed. The coffee just didn't blend well with this stout. I like my coffee beer to have a rich coffee taste but not so that it overwhelms the palate.
Mouthfeel- no burn. The alcohol was hidden pretty well for being an 11% abv. Smooth finish with that burnt coffee aftertaste.
Overall- a solid beer. The coffee taste was just a little too strong. But if you like coffee then you'll love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 20:14:58 | More by mlhyatt
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.