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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4.11/5 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 2,472 ratings.