Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by screamking:
4.46/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber poured into wine glass.
Bottled on 3/14/13
Appearance-pours black as night with a thick dark khaki head. Beautiful lacing everywhere. 4.25
Aroma-chocolate and coffee jump right off with this one. Mild roastiness, I expected more, but this is very even. Some plum and raisin poking through slightly. This is all about the chocolate and espresso tho and I can't complain. 4.5
Taste-bold coffee flavors right off the bat. Then you get hit with a nice sweet punch of chocolate. Everything else is kinda muddled underneath these big bold flavors, but some plum is hiding around certain corners with some nice vanilla. 4.5
Feel-great feel with this one, its on the lighter side of full, ABV is very well hidden. Carbonation is just right. Very easy to drink, not as heavy as most RIS on the market. 4.25
Overall-I must say, for me this completely blows the regular Stone IRS out of the water. The espresso just adds the extra dimension the other lacked. To me it seems like the chocolate is amped up in this one as well. High ABV that you can hardly taste is a good bonus as well. I really dig this one. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 01:38:57 | More by screamking
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A – A fairly active pour yields a full fingers worth of slightly late to develop light brown colored crisp frothiness with a bit of a rocky top… Decent retention… The color is a somewhat flat inky black that doesn’t allow any light to permeate… Largely still with a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass…
S – A very nice nose… There is an undeniable coffee presence, but it isn’t nearly as potent as I would have expected… A strong vanilla presence… Caramel… Brown sugar… Molasses… A light bit of soy sauce… Raisins… A terrific Russian Imperial Stout aroma, but I wish the coffee were a bit more pronounced…
T – Starts with a tad of sweetness… Vanilla… Dark fruits… Caramel… Molasses… There’s a bit of roasted malts buried a bit beneath the surface… You have to wait quite a bit, but the espresso really emerges on the deep finish… It’s has a very deep dark roasted character…
M – On the lighter side of full bodied… Dense… Even and consistent… Limited carbonation… Starts lush… The middle is chewy and viscous… The finish is intensely dry…
D – There is no doubt this is an excellent brew, but I have some mixed feelings… This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout, but the espresso presence isn’t as in your face as I would have liked… Other than the name on the bottle and in the ferocious espresso on the finish of each sip, I would otherwise stuggle to identify this as a coffee beer… All that being said, I can’t knock it much because it’s still an outstanding brew…
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 11:14:15 | More by philbe311
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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