Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by popery:
4.31/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours black. Only in small quantities can I pick out any color, just a deep brown. Looks fairly thick. Puts some nice stain on the walls of the glass. Small brown head. Dense and foamy. Little lacing, and it fades to nothing after a couple minutes.
Aroma is huge on coffee. It's a rich, balanced coffee flavor with coffee fruitiness, roast and chocolate. Very nice. Solid backbone of caramel malt, sticky molasses. Lots of roasted malt character in addition to the coffee, though it's hard to pick out what's what. There's also a healthy dose of dark chocolate and some milk/lactose flavor - no idea if that's actually used. Vanilla, leather and blackberries bounce around and add.
The taste is similar but adds in some pine resin hoppiness, licorice and mild smoke. Again, it's aggressively coffee-forward. Big molasses, lots of sweetness to round out the harsher flavors. Hard to pick out that lacto note, but the vanilla comes through clearer. Lots of roast. Tons of flavor. Finishes fairly bitter but not overwhelmingly so.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Picks up a little harshness in the finish, but it's a thick, luxurious stout. Very full. You really feel the weight of each sip.
This is a winner from Stone, particularly after the disappointment of the Belgo Anise version. There's a bit more coffee than I actually want, but it's a delicious coffee flavor, and I only really complain because the underlying stout flavors are so nice.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 05:30:26 | More by popery
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4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I happened to find four of these a few days. I am very glad I did because it is very inexpensive and already has a year on it. The espresso is probably a bit muted because of the age but it blends very well together. Some vanilla flavors as well as chocolate mix very well with the obvious espresso. I enjoyed this more than the regular stone RIS and I can't wait to open another bottle in 6 months.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 04:35:58 | More by Kramerwtmf
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.