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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,509 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,509
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 157
Gots: 401 | FT: 49
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottled 3/14/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, and earthy espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with bittersweet chocolate and espresso flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some rich aromas and flavors and a boozy presence that begs to be sipped slowly.

05-11-2013 04:06:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

05-18-2013 23:57:15 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-27-2013 20:39:40 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

A: The beer is jet black in color it poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of espresso and a moderate amount of bitterness along with notes of dark roasted malts and hints of licorice.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This in an intense coffee-flavored beer that seems to taste more like espresso with beer added to it. The alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2013 "Odd Year" Release

06-16-2013 02:46:04 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: A rather thin mocha head sits atop the pitch black liquid, even after a somewhat hard pour; not much staying power, though there a more than a few dots of lace left behind on the chalice

Smell: I was expecting more coffee but this is really fruity, with prunes and dates interspersed with chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Fruitier, too, on the palate than what I was expecting, with prune and date flavors forward pushing into the bitterness brought from the hops (it is a Stone, of course) and coffee; underneath, chocolate and coffee underpin the flavor profile with a bit of lactose softening the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Quite different from what I was expecting and the bitter hop flavors were a bit of a distraction for me; good, but there are other coffee stouts I prefer more

06-28-2013 23:41:44 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

05-19-2013 00:00:14 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Do Stouts get any more manly? Insane espresso additions pile onto an already aggressive roasty blend of burnt barley, cocoa, alcohol, and firm maltiness for an ale that will make the most manly of men become afraid of the dark.

Voluptuous in its pour and jet black in its hue, the creamy thick stout is viscous, inky in its legging and it releases a coffe-stained topping of foam adorns the apex and laces with well defined rings at each sip.

Malty rich aromas of burnt molasses, deep roast espresso and cocoa, all come together in a cocolate covered espresso bean kind of way.

The beer simply reaches a new depth of roast as its flavors share the malty sweet molasses and toffee but, then with the quick celebraton of espresso, cocoa, roasted walnut flavors that control the taste at middle palate. All that deep dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and nutty taste develops a decidedly bitter finish with rummy alcohols and a stern roasted malt firmness.

Its lush and creamy textures are robust and full at first. But the beer makes a quick turn to acrid roast and spicy astringency in the middle which carries into its bitter and drying finish. Excessively dry on the palate, its near powdery roast texture holds onto a slim savory chocolaty, semi-dry finish that lingers indefinately- making it the ultimate after dinner delight.

Stone's Espresso Imperial Russian Stout is the benchmark of coffee souts. With ultimate coffee roast and supportive malt sweetness, it's amazing how effortless the beer seems for such intense individual flavors, but how complex and rounded it becomes the more you explore the nuances beneath the roast.

05-04-2013 01:49:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of espresso notes with nice dry floral notes and no astringency. Taste is also dominated by espresso notes with no astringency and dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Black chocolate notes are also very enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable coffee stout from a brewer that rarely disappoint.

04-22-2014 02:16:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-22-2013 08:35:32 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-02-2013 22:26:31 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-06-2013 14:43:24 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-02-2013 04:56:55 | More by spycow
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-27-2013 00:13:23 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-02-2013 00:51:08 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-20-2013 22:48:57 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

09-22-2013 04:24:07 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours jet black with no light getting thru this puppy,a half finger beige colored head atop.I f you like roasted aromas than you'll love this,the espresso roast along with big earthy/roasted notes,mild molasses-like sweetness and bitter chocolate round out the nose.Big earthy and roasted coffee flavors really hit ya on the palae with only a meager amount of sweetness,even the alcohol sweetness for such a big beer is rather subdued.A little prickly in the feel,I gotta say I like just the "standard" Stone RIS better although this isn't bad or anything.

05-24-2013 00:44:35 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Man, Mr. Koch sure knows how to get me to buy a bottle... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises rich coffee, toasted pretzel, and a general sense of roastiness. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee a touch milder, allowing the roast to really shine through. Everybody plays nicely with everybody else. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine version of the already tasty IRS. I hope to see this often in the future...

04-30-2013 05:51:12 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-04-2013 02:48:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-15-2013 00:31:16 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-18-2013 11:38:59 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-09-2013 19:14:18 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-26-2013 05:17:35 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Now this is an odd year release that I can live with.

Nice smooth coffee tones on this that stay consistent and mesh well with the standard stout of things. The feel on this is so smooth. Unbelievably smooth. Carbonation is minimal and fairly mild, with just a slight nibble on the tongue. Seems appropriate for the style. Very easy to drink. A very nice beer.

05-28-2013 01:34:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-29-2013 02:35:20 | More by nickfl
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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,509 ratings.