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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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world-class

2,225 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2225
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.59%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown to black with over a finger of tan head that lasted quite some time. Mild roast in the nose. The roasted malt, creaminess and residual sweetness found in the standard RIS can be found in this offering as well. In addition, notes of chocolate and coffee are apparent (surprisingly, more chocolate than coffee).

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 01:00:25 | More by 57md
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color. Lots of lace.

Dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, caramel, and roasted malts. Huge coffee and espresso tastes throughout the beer and in the finish. Lots of roast. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: roasted and dry. Smooth still. Full bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, a really solid imperial stout. The coffee is right where it needs to be. Right amount of roast. Well done stone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 02:56:21 | More by mothman
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a rotund Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pitch black, inky body with a bubbly one-and-a-half finger head the color of light cocoa powder. Dissipates after a few minutes to come to rest as a thin veneer of foam across the top of the body with a thicker bunching of foam around the edge of the glass. Lacing is sporadic but noticeable and sticky.

Smell - Fresh ground espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and even some hints of walnut wood and tree bark. The only thing I wish is that the aroma was a little more aggressive. Don't get me wrong, I can pick everything up, but it's not quite as intoxicating as I'd hoped with the espresso modifier.

Taste - Delivers on the promise provided by the nose. Now the roasted malt is more present, providing a pungent, bitter earthiness to compliment the overtones of coffee beans molasses. Some balanced sweetness, like burnt sugar and baker's chocolate. The alcohol is more present here as well, with esters very noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Creamy texture, with a hefty, substantial body. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate. Drying finish

Overall, a wonderful RIS. I've yet to sample Stone's base beer, but the Espresso edition is fantastic. Especially if you love coffee or stouts or coffee stouts. I'll certainly plan on enjoying this one again, and it definitely packs a punch.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 01:55:33 | More by LambicPentameter
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HuaJiao

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black as tar! I wasn't exactly in a well-lit room to look for light coming through, but there wasn't any that I could tell. Brown tinge to the head.

S: Chocolate with some smoke. Enticing, but not overly intense. Some sweetness suggested.

T: Rich flavor. Espresso is the right fit. It's not overly coffee-beany, but rather has the smooth, dark-chocolate-like espresso flavors. Bold flavor which fills your mouth but doesn't leave you with too much of a dry bitter flavor. Spot on for the intense, huge stout while retaining balance and interesting flavors.

M: My mouth feels quite happy. ;)

Great beer. Exactly what one hopes out of the name.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 17:26:16 | More by HuaJiao
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champ103

Texas

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, nearly black color. A creamy two finger tan head forms with good retention initially. Then fads to leave a bit of lace behind.
S: Cream, coffee, and a little roast. Espresso beans, and bitter bakers chocolate. Certainly roasted malts, but not over barring or acrid at all.
T: Like the nose, plenty of espresso beans, cream, coffee, and roast. A bit more of a bitter chocolate flavor here, as well as a linger roasted bitterness. Very enjoyable overall.
M/D: A medium to full body. I really like how full it is, but without being overly sticky and oily. The alcohol shows a bit, but that is alright. A great beer to sip on.

A well done imperial coffee stout. I enjoyed this a lot, and will be looking to grab a bottle if I see it around. Something I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 18:00:38 | More by champ103
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black brew with a small tan colored head. The head faded rather fast leaving a lighter level of lace. Upon swirling the beer, fingers of a brown molasses color cling to the glass, slowly making their way back to the body of the liquid.

Smell- The smell is big of chocolate and espresso. A semi sweet chocolate smell with hints of vanilla and brown sugar create a nice balance to the more bitter coffee and espresso aromas of the brew. Overall it is big and roasty.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with lots of semi-sweet chocolate up front. With the chocolate comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of caramel. The chocolate begins to take on a slightly more bitter flavor more toward the middle of the taste with flavors of coffee coming to the tongue. The coffee gets stronger as the taste advances and mixes with a light oak flavor at the very end. Along with the increase in coffee and oak so too comes the alcohol flavor producing, when mixed with the rest, a nice warming and roasty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both match the grandness of the big and dark flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper.

Overall – Big, roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans with a nice warming alcohol taste- that is how I would describe this one in a few words. Quit a nice imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 19:01:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 16 tons cafe the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is also fairly dark, and the beer just looks rich. The nose was about what I expected, given previous experiences with Stone stouts, and was impressive. I picked up considerable dark chocolage, coffee grounds, vanilla and a hint of licorice. The flavor profile replicated that noes pretty closely, and mouthfeel was excellent. The beer hasa a soft, plush, creamy consistency, which went well with all the chocolate, coffee and vanilla in this beer. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, without even a trace of heat on the long, soft, full, finish.

A very impressive effort from Stone. I liked this one quite a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 15:39:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
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tubeyes

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Thick and black as night, min brown head, some nice lace.
S cherry like espresso coffee cocoa goodness.
T coffee espresso chocolate marshmellow, some estery hop dark chocolate bitterness on end
M pillowy almost chewy well carbonated mf, chocolate espresso aftertaste.
O very impressive beer, heavy, brutal, tasteful, very strong but not overly offensive well rounded beer. Had on tap in large snifter at OSDH Denton, happy American Craft Beer Week!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 03:58:42 | More by tubeyes
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 2 Bros. in Salem, CT. Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of light brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of coffee and espresso with some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, earth, roasted malts and hints of licorice. Super smooth and easy to drink. I'd say more drinkable than the regular IRS. Nice alcohol presence throughout. Medium bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Overall, this odd beer for odd years is a hit and way better than the Oak Smoked Old Guardian. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 03:02:24 | More by PicoPapa
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rodkin

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Three Kings.

Appearance is black with a small foamy head.

Smell is coffee, bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla.

Taste is espresso, chocolate, vanilla, slight anise, roasted malts. Surprisingly well balanced. The coffee takes center stage, but it definitely doesn't dominate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium thickness, slightly oily.

I really like the addition of coffee. I would definitely say it improves the base beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:58:26 | More by rodkin
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge.

Nearly perfect appearance. Thick black liquid with a frothy medium brown head. Leaves behind great lace and retention. Huge notes of char, roasted malt, super dark coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke. That's in both the nose and taste. Incredibly smooth, creamy deliciousness. Nicely balanced flavor with a great body and proper carbonation. Heavy on the roasted and charred flavors but that's just the high quality espresso coming through. One of the most espresso forward beers I've had which is very different from plain ole coffee. Stone incorporated it so well. A bit of sweet and warming booze in the finish that only complements this near masterpiece of a beer. If you've ever had dark chocolate covered espresso beans, that's what this beer is. Exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 00:01:22 | More by Gatch
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of espresso, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. Very light notes of burnt malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate upfront with stronger flavors of espresso. There are lighter notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. Very light hints of burnt malts all of which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness to this beer.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Very enjoyable with really intense espresso flavors and aromas - I'm a huge fan of the coffee brews and this one is great. I bet this beer will just get better with age as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 23:19:08 | More by dbrauneis
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Had this beer on-tap at Closed For Business, poured into a tulip glass. Had an inky black color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, robust aroma of espresso, malt, and chocolate. Certainly not subtle, but it shouldn't be.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is extremely forceful and dominant. Lots and lots of espresso is thrown in with chocolate, malt, and a little hops. Exactly what a Russian Imperial Stout should taste like: Big, complex, and flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied in the extreme.

O: Another well made, likeable, and bullish beer. Very much drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 18:18:45 | More by avalon07
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus.

In a snifter the beer was black with a small, cafe au lait- colored head.

Coffee aroma. Some roasted malt and chocolate.

Espresso coffee, slightly bitter. Chocolate.

Very flavorful. Easy to drink. Hard to guess it's 11% ABV.

Would drink this anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 22:00:55 | More by lordofthewiens
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Fomenting_For_Fermenting

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I stopped off at my local pizza place they had something special waiting for me. I thoroughly enjoy high gravity ales, so when I heard that they had just tapped a keg of Stone's Espresso Imperial Russian Stout I smiled and said "Yes Please!"
The beer arrived in a 10 oz. pilsner glass with about a quarter of an inch of light brown head on top. The aroma was dominated by alcohol and toasted malt but with a hint of floral hop aroma. The first sip gave a lovely broad roasted malt flavor with good balance, and a very solid flavorful presence. Despite the high gravity the alcohol did not dominate the malt. After a couple of sips a bit of bitter began to be noticed, but the malt character was still the main flavor. There was just enough sweetness, and all of the roast flavors of chocolate and coffee came through clearly. The head subsided fairly rapidly, which is one of the few criticisms I can offer of this beer. The impact of the broad and complex flavor sustained to the end of the glass, and the bitter became more apparent over time without ever becoming excessive. The soy sauce character that I expect in a sweet stout never really developed, but with all of the chocolate and coffee flavors I didn't particularly miss it. I could not taste any off profile flavors, particularly since I expect a Russian Imperial Stout to be a bit on the sweet side.
All told one of the most enjoyable beers I've had recently with very few weaknesses.
Thanks to Tom at Yeasty Beasty for procuring the most interesting beers to taste, and to Stone Brewing for making another fantastic beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 05:13:22 | More by Fomenting_For_Fermenting
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CoachJimmy

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. glass from Yeasty Beasty in Monmouth, OR

A - Midnight black with a slight tan-ish tint to the head.

S - Rich espresso and chocolate on the nose. Also lingers with a caramelly, malty sweetness as it fades.

T - Rich chocolate and caramel malts, robust espresso in the initial then fading slightly as you drink. Extremely drinkable and with a stunningly finish for 11% monster.

M - As others have previously mentioned, this is where this beer kicks it up a notch. Very smooth, almost silky. Yet still a solid stout in thickness.

O - What else can I say except "WOW! This is one of the fineness examples of the style. An amazing stout to say the least. I will definitely treasure a few more of these bad boys while their out!

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 23:35:12 | More by CoachJimmy
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CrazyHarry

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours black as night with a thick beige, tan head. Aromas of espresso beans, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is much the same but even more intense with a nice full body. The espresso beans mask the alcohol but really compliment the roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Another fantastic beer from Stone!

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 21:17:08 | More by CrazyHarry
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a large Chimay goblet at The Local Miami.

A- Pours an ominously opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that soon fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam.

S- Fresh espresso with some chocolatey sweetness and a hint of caramel.

T- Not as much espresso in the flavor which is a bit disappointing but it's still delicious. More chocolate than anything. Dark roasted malts with a bit of char. Holy shit, this is 11%?! This brings a whole new meaning to the word "drinkable." Hardly boozy at all. Starting to feel it in my gut though.

M- This is where the beer really excels. Silky smooth, decadently creamy and soft. Medium carbonation and a thick, chewy body.

O- I think I may be spoiled from having such world class coffee beers as Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, CCB Cubano Espresso and Terrapin Wake n Bake, but this didn't have as much coffee flavor as I'd like. Regardless, it's an amazing stout and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 04:52:40 | More by Immortale25
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – A fairly active pour yields a full fingers worth of slightly late to develop light brown colored crisp frothiness with a bit of a rocky top… Decent retention… The color is a somewhat flat inky black that doesn’t allow any light to permeate… Largely still with a few streaks of carbonation seen towards the top of the glass…

S – A very nice nose… There is an undeniable coffee presence, but it isn’t nearly as potent as I would have expected… A strong vanilla presence… Caramel… Brown sugar… Molasses… A light bit of soy sauce… Raisins… A terrific Russian Imperial Stout aroma, but I wish the coffee were a bit more pronounced…

T – Starts with a tad of sweetness… Vanilla… Dark fruits… Caramel… Molasses… There’s a bit of roasted malts buried a bit beneath the surface… You have to wait quite a bit, but the espresso really emerges on the deep finish… It’s has a very deep dark roasted character…

M – On the lighter side of full bodied… Dense… Even and consistent… Limited carbonation… Starts lush… The middle is chewy and viscous… The finish is intensely dry…

D – There is no doubt this is an excellent brew, but I have some mixed feelings… This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout, but the espresso presence isn’t as in your face as I would have liked… Other than the name on the bottle and in the ferocious espresso on the finish of each sip, I would otherwise stuggle to identify this as a coffee beer… All that being said, I can’t knock it much because it’s still an outstanding brew…

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 11:14:15 | More by philbe311
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz., bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with no clarity evident. Inch and a half tall dark tan head receded evenly to thick surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Black coffee and dark chocolare

t: Sharp bite of strong black coffee and hops. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue, and alcohol throat burn lets you know there is 11% alcohol in there.

m: Super smooth. Just great.

o: A stupendous coffee stout! A new favorite, although with such a high ABV the high-balancing effects of the caffeine are not enough to offset more than half of the alcohol content.
Dangerously tasty and sippable in the extreme.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:20:40 | More by scotorum
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Tony49er

California

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type- Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Dark black ink color, typical Imperial Russian Stout color, thick mocha head

Smell- Classic Imperial Russian roasted notes, dark and milk chocolate notes, tons of espresso in the nose, some bitterness in the nose from the espresso and roasted malts

Taste- Tons of espresso but not too over powering in the front of the palate, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, dark and milk chocolate in the back end of the palate for great sweetness... Very well balanced and age had really mixed all of the complex flavors together to make this beer even better

Mouthfeel- Thick Imperial Russian Stout mouthfeel, smooth creamy dark and sweet chocolate in the mouth

Overall- I have had the regular Stone Brewing Co IRS but I must say I LOVE this one this is an A+ beer for sure...just wish they released this beer more then once but I am glad I ended up getting a few bottles of it...A classic IRS but just up a notch with great espresso added...If you are ever able to find this GET IT...CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:17:10 | More by Tony49er
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a very dark brown, but not nearly pitch black with a half finger dark tan head. Head retention is surprisingly good considering the strength and lacing is excellent.

Aroma has lots of milk chocolate up front with some lightly roasted coffee. This has about a year of age on it so I'm not sure what effect this has had on the nose. Notes of dark caramel and roasted malt as well.

More coffee is present in the flavor along with lots more milk chocolate. Strands of cooked caramel and some toffee balanced out by a fairly stout bitterness. A little hint of alcohol becomes present towards the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel and a pretty sticky finish.

Overall, a very impressive imperial stout and another home run from Stone. I would like to try this fresh sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:56:17 | More by rangerred
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black as the darkest night. Thick on the pour. Thin khaki head settles and mostly disappears rather quickly. Some sticky malty based almost film like lace down the glass as you drink.

S - Big amazing aroma here. Sweet fruit, espresso, toasted malts, toffee, chocolate, black licorice and some smoke.

T - Not as coffee forward as I thought, and that's ok. The base beer gets a chance to shine. Roasted malt and licorice, espresso hits big and then some hop bite through the middle and some of that smoke from the nose, finishes slightly sweet with some fruitiness on the end and some alcohol heat.

M - Perfect carbonation, silky smooth at the same time with a stickiness and coating feeling on the pallet.

O - If you've had the regular IRS then you will be pleased to see that this beer showcases and then elevates it with some wonderful espresso flavor. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:21:04 | More by HopBomb515
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an abbreviated review of a 22-oz bomber shared on 3-8-2014

opaque black appearance with 1/2-inch dark tan head, dissipating slowly and leaving a minimal collar

dark roast coffee and malts in the aroma, but there are more potent, more pleasant coffee beers

dark roast and chocolate gives way quickly to vegetal hop bitterness on the palate

i did not enjoy this beer as much as a year ago; would be inclined to blame the lapse in time and (perhaps) less than perfect cellar conditions, but the hops are not absent; on the contrary, they overpower the (albeit few) other elements of the beer. certainly, there are coffee beers (e.g., the Prairie Bomb I got to sample a day earlier) with more going on

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 18:46:42 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #800

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter. 2013 odd year release

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer . It is s pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted espresso, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and a little smoke.

Taste: espresso coffer, delicious milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, a little smoke, a little bitterness, and some warm booze.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy silky chocolately smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little booze

Overall: This is probably one of the best RIS I have ever tasted. It was solid, balanced, and tasty the whole through down to the last sip. I need to find more of these odd year release bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:45:02 | More by Flounder57
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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,225 ratings.