Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thegodfather2701:
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-Poured into my Stone IRS glass-it pours nearly pitch black with a mocha head that leaves some nice cascading and slight lacing
S-Boozy, espresso, dark chocolate
T-Sweet from the alcohol, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of oak. The espresso comes through more as it warms up. I was really surprised at how sweet it was.
M-Fairly thick and creamy
D-The espresso cuts into its drinkability for me but I think i could finish an entire bomber.
Overall, I was glad I was able to try this beer since the regular IRS is one of my all time favorites. However, I prefer the regular version. The espresso was nice but I think the regular version is just more balanced and tastes better.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 15:38:16 | More by thegodfather2701
More User Reviews:
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 2,468 ratings.