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
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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.
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