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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,430 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 127
Gots: 398 | FT: 48
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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Ratings: 2,430 | Reviews: 349 | Display Reviews Only:
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2013 01:25:57 | More by Kopfschuss
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Groomsy

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2013 01:15:38 | More by Groomsy
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NW2285

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-29-2013 00:37:13 | More by NW2285
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olfolxholme

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2013 23:31:03 | More by olfolxholme
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gashmoney

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2013 21:04:37 | More by gashmoney
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ooms

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2013 06:48:29 | More by ooms
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

07-28-2013 04:34:00 | More by Beerandboards
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MWilt

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2013 19:44:01 | More by MWilt
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2013 17:23:37 | More by Lynn
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BlueFeetAndBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2013 12:01:46 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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Cali_Vic

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2013 07:20:26 | More by Cali_Vic
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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-27-2013 06:41:03 | More by CelticAleMan
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blackjack33

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-27-2013 04:16:35 | More by blackjack33
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N17shelfside

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-27-2013 04:10:26 | More by N17shelfside
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Roose13

New Jersey

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

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adam's pub glass

A: Pours a motor oil black with a two finger chocolate head that disappears. Little lacing down the bottle

S: dark, roasted coffee, malt, espresso, dark chocolate

T: Very nice, subtle taste all around. Balanced with the coffee and chocolate as well as the espresso. The espresso is very subtle, kicking in at the aftertaste. I think I taste some licorice as well

M: Low carbonation, thin and incredibly smooth.

Overall: This is a well-balanced IRS. Just another fantastic offering from Stone, which churns out some awesome IPAs. They're a very underrated stout producer. I had their Farking Wheaten W00ten on tap the other night and picked up a bottle to drink later that I can't wait to review on here. But these two stouts are definitely some of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:01:31 | More by Roose13
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spw109

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-26-2013 23:44:29 | More by spw109
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-26-2013 23:23:46 | More by Ljoreilly
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Jcmikey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-26-2013 20:24:13 | More by Jcmikey
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-26-2013 19:54:04 | More by fdig23
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Shnanign

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

07-26-2013 17:51:53 | More by Shnanign
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-26-2013 12:39:55 | More by Jordy777
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -31%

07-25-2013 23:44:18 | More by Insubordinator
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/28/13.

Appearance: Pitch black elegance with a thin dark brown head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, toffee, and a hint of espresso.

Taste: With Stone's reputation for bruising IPAs and hop punches to the palate, one would expect a hoppy/bitter IRS from them. However, what we have here in their Espresso IRS is a great example of balance. The first sip reveals a hop-forward first half that wakes up the palate for a smooth malt-laden second half. Flavors of lightly charred malt, cocoa, espresso, and some dark fruits coat the palate and provide a robust experience. The aftertaste is where the espresso really shows itself, long after the other flavors have dissipated. At 11% ABV this is a big beer but it's very hard to detect the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Almost lighter than expected, just below full in body. Somewhat heavy on the carbonation but an aggressive pour helps out. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Yet another outstanding beer by Stone. While I haven't had their regular IRS in some time I think this one obviously stands out with the added Espresso. A good decision in the brewing department and a great product. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:29:33 | More by JamesMN
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a jet black into a tulip glass with a solid two finger dark brown head that fades very slowly, lining the glass with a chunky lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with some smoke in there as well. More coffee beans come through as it warms. You can definitely sense the espresso.

Taste: Velvety smooth with a touch of coffee but more dark chocolate and roasted malts for me than coffee. A hint of alcohol burn which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Some smokiness to it as well but this drinks tremendously.

Mouthfeel: Thick but very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and the alcohol is noticeable but not distractingly so, very good sipping beer.

Overall: Very, very solid beer here from Stone. I loved the original but like this even more. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 21:50:05 | More by Mikecap
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Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-25-2013 15:59:22 | More by Devman171
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.