Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Motor oil black with it's heavy brown tinted head that rose on initial pour to maybe half an inch.
Smell: Almost perfect and ridiculously potent, as I poured I could already smell the strong coffee bean aroma.
Taste: A straight complex flavor bomb, It's bitter like taking a gulp of fresh espresso with a hit of brown sugar and doses and doses of a smooth bitterness that you cant seem to stop drinking. It starts off slightly bland but improves after two sips, honestly a complete pleasure.
Mouth: Medium bodied a roasty finish..the stickiness alone is well above average. Slight room for improvement with me wanting it a little heavier.
Overall: An absolute true pleasure, I bought the last bottle at my local beer guy and wish I could grab another....take your time with this brew, to drink with haste is just wrong. All you need a glass...Salud!
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 05:51:31 | More by BlurryVisi0n
4.89/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 22 oz bomber bought at BevMo in Phoenix, AZ today, excited to try this one since I love Stone's IRS! It says it had several hundred pounds of coffee beans from Ryan Brother's Coffee added to it.
A - Jet black, medium brown/dark khaki head that starts off at 1 finger and dissipates down to a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer.
S - chocolate, vanilla, cream, hints of roasted/chocolate malt, tiny bit of dark fruits/fig newton smell there too
T - More of a roasted coffee bean flavor upfront with some chocolate, vanilla and creamy flavors. The espresso is definitely there, but more like a hint of it rather than just straight coffee flavor. When I was younger I used to love Mocha Stouts, Chocolate Stouts and Vanilla Porters but beers like this really those seem completely bland now.
M - creamy, heavy beer, abv REALLY well hidden, as far as beers go, if you've never had one like this, it's like a perfectly mixed mudslide
O - This beer is amazing. I wish I had their standard IRS side by side with it to compare, but from what I can remember this is a slight step up from an already awesome beer. The ABV is just slightly higher at 11% (compared to 10.6), and the flavor is a little more complex/chocolate-coffee oriented.
It says on the side of the bottle to buy a case and try one every 4-6 months to see how it ages. I'm definitely gonna do it and see what happens...
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2013 04:33:30 | More by ISmith87
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle, dated 3/14/2013.
appears jet black, tan colored head. good lacing as I drink. nice roasty coffee aroma. a touch of bitter cocoa. the taste is not as bold as I expected. smooth, well balanced. same flavors as the smell. not really any booze. medium to thick body, lower carbonation. coats the mouth.
overall - good ,but I think the regular version is better
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2013 03:37:59 | More by jmdrpi
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
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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