Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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1.94/5 rDev -55.3%
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
01-04-2014 20:03:42 | More by Tonerelia
2.78/5 rDev -35.9%
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.)
05-16-2013 20:37:45 | More by writerLJBerg
3.16/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
01-31-2014 04:32:04 | More by kevanb
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,509 ratings.