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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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2,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,622
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 185
Gots: 422 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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Photo of Tonerelia
1.94/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured into snifter looked like motor oil with the same consistency, low if any carbonation even when poured more aggressively than normal.

Smell was strong and of sheer alcohol, there was almost no smell of anything else present.

taste was so hoppy, I do understand that, that is Stone's style but jeeze for a stout to be the hoppy good lord.

Overall I certainly will not be purchasing this again,

Serving type: bottle

Tonerelia, Jan 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

SirElton, Apr 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

kscaldef, Oct 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

seank10036, Oct 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

jonathaniler, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of NorCalBeer
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

NorCalBeer, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
2.78/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle split with my wife.

A: Pours like oil and develops an almost gold mocha head. Nice legs.

N: Coffee, roasted malt, and hops. A lot of smoke and licorice. Has an off putting smell in here - kind of earthy vegetable. Fresh moss and baker’s chocolate.

T: Thick acrid smoke, hop bitterness and espresso. Very little sweetness to be found here and it’s very unbalanced. Alternates between stale coffee drinking and a decent beer.

M: Oily and thick. Booze is pronounced, and this is excessively drying to the point of being desiccating.

O: Husky graininess and an unworkable imbalance in between the decent drinking points make this a pass for me. It gets worse as I drink it, to the point where my wife won’t touch hers, and I either got a bad bottle or this needs to be drank really cold. (Mine was cellar temp.)

Sarlacc83, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Insubordinator, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

jmccullough108, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

SFACRKnight, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

BeerRunner77, May 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Abt38, Apr 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

facesnorth, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

BriMaster56, Feb 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

MOVERTON1284, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.16/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, 2013 Odd Year Vintage, poured into a Stone IRS Snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown, opaque and heavy with a thick, taut caramel head, about a finger high that has moderate retention and leaves a few big spots of lace behind. The aroma is heavy on the coffee, roasty but not over the top, lots of bittersweet chocolate, stone fruit and rich grain, touches of phenol alcohol at the end. It's a surprisingly simple aroma given the complexity of the base beer, but the coffee really takes over. The flavors mirror the nose, super intense coffee, ripe bean and cold brewed flavor with big chocolate flavor with rich grain, dark stone fruit and a bit of brown sugar. Again, the coffee really dominates and reduces this beer into it's simplest form. The mouthfeel is regrettably thin, carbonation is high and crisp, zips across the tongue, coats moderately well, but this isn't as rich or silky as the base beer can be. The finish is a bit weak and unremarkable, doesn't really do anything other to reinforce how simple and boring this beer became.

Verdict: I had high hopes for this beer and it really just fell short. The coffee was just too dominant, even after almost a year, which really put things out of whack. The balance is poor and the thin body didn't do this beer any justice. Perhaps the 2015 Odd Year Beer will be more interesting.

kevanb, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

rouhlas3, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

TruePerception, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Treb0R, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

ChrisPro, Aug 04, 2013
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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,622 ratings.