Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by notchucknorris:
4.48/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours black with a thin but dense-looking tan head. Doesn't appear too thick on the pour, but the legs on the swirl suggest otherwise.
S: Mocha, espresso, oak, roasted malt, fudge and some anise.
T: Opens on a big coffee note with espresso, roasted malt and dark coffee. Then progresses to sweeter notes of vanilla, brownie and mocha. The finish brings some charred espresso, burnt toast and dark chocolate. A coffee monster and a fantastic RIS.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2013 05:11:16 | More by notchucknorris
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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 2,476 ratings.