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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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2,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 196
Gots: 410 | FT: 46
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:
Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Black as coal and a tremendously strong brown head, this stout was as Regal as any Imperial I've come across.

The scents are mesmerizing with sweet chocolate malt, caramel, cream, barley, espresso, burnt coffee and more chocolate.

The flavors are rich with an espresso sweetness and a chocolatey goodness. Graham cracker and marshmallow finish with vanilla and coffee. There is a bit of char or Smokey tones and then a peppery touch. It reminds me of a Jalapeno beer with an earthy and surprising kick.

The feel is thick and somewhat creamy and it gives very little away to carbonation. The 11 pct ABV is presented in a bit of warmth but this stout is truly special.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After passing by this bottle several times (a local beer guy told me it was "the worst thing he'd ever put in his mouth") I saw it relatively cheap & bit. 22 oz. of beer, bottled on 3/28/13, split with my wife.

Pour is computer matte black, low carbonation. Roasty coffee notes aren't as rough on the nose as expected, with some additional bitterness that seems more hoppy than espresso. But who knows. Mild.

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout avoids a common coffee-stout pratfall: there's actually a stout in here. Sure, the coffee/espresso leads with a knee, but it's properly restrained (whether by a few months in the bottle or design) by a nice smattering of chocolate, rich malts, lactose, even some black licorice. Bitterness (chocolate? hops? coffeee delta?) kicks in after the lesser players have passed by, & one is left with the pleasing impression of beer & coffee lounging on the back of the throat. Drinking this too fast for a big, headache-inducing stout.

This is, if I may say, a routinely very good beer. Nothing stands out, but it's well-crafted & the tastes are integrated with a deft touch. I don't always drink Stone, but when I do, I'd drink this. Or Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Wait, definitely that.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brownish black, pours mocha head with some light lacing that resides to a mocha ring around the glass.
S-lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt
T-chocolate, definite coffee, noticeable booze
M-smooth, very flavorful, perfect IRS
O-I had this on tap a few months ago and had been on a bottle search since, was not disappointed

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,643 ratings.