Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Firestone Walker snifter.
A: Dark - essentially black - and opaque. Forms a half-finger of tan creamy head that fades quickly. Low visible carbonation. 4.5/5
S: Coffee, creamy lactose sweetness, roasted malts, some nuttiness, and leathery musk. 18/20
T: Bitter, dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, lactose, dark nuttiness, touches of mocha and tobacco, and just hints of anise. Despite a year plus on this bottle, there is still a noticeable hop bitterness in the hang with the roasted coffee and sweetness. 39/45
M: Medium body for the style with a sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol presence is fairly well-hidden for the listed ABV. Average carbonation sensation for style. 8.5/10
O: This was quite tasty, especially for the reasonable price point I remember paying. Over a year on this bottle seems to have agreed with the brew quite well. 18/20
Estimated final score: 4.28
Calculated final score: 88/100
Old BA score: 4.40
08-17-2014 22:48:59 | More by macrosmatic
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
2013 'vintage' Bomber poured into snifter 8/8/14. I remember having go this when it first came out on tap and enjoying it quite a bit, excited to see what a year has done to it.
A: Pours black in color with half a finger of mocha head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves a thin collar around the edge. Viscosity appears thick and creamy.
S: Chocolate, roast, slight char, carmel, sugary sweetness. There's a nice balance, more so than I recall when it was fresh.
M: Chocolate, coffee, char, a little bit of heat. Very smooth for 11%, and a nice variant of an already nice stout.
M: Carbed well, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste, with a hint of bitterness.
O: I hope they do this one again, I really enjoy it all around. The espresso addition adds another level of flavor that compliments the base very nicely.
08-08-2014 22:24:33 | More by roger617
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,509 ratings.