Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by obywan59:
4.46/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Completely dark except for a ruby ring around the base of the glass when held up to a light. Thick, dark tan head 3 1/2 fingers. Recedes slowly leaving great lacing..
The aroma of espresso explodes out of the bottle. Dark coffee with a bit of cream. Rich milk chocolate. Sometimes a hint of Kahlua.
Again, the coffee aspect predominates. Rather sweet for a stout, but that suits my taste. After the swallow, the bitterness of the coffee and the dark roast trump the sweetness, but it's not harsh. Very well done. Lactic quality calls to mind the coffee and cream like before, or even chocolate milk at times.
Thick and full bodied. Creamy and lush. Acidity is laid back, it only showed up a few times. Light alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Rather smooth for a beer of this magnitude.
I think I like this version better than Stone's regular RIS. It seems to have even more depth of flavor.Very rich, but somehow, it doesn't seem out of place in this warming season. definitely worth a revisit.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 02:00:49 | More by obywan59
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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 2,478 ratings.