Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.39/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from the bomber into a very large snifter.
A; The beer was a nearly pure black with no light coming through. Head was pure tan, foamy, 2 fingers, and stuck around a couple of minutes before settling down to a light froth on top of the beer. Minimal lacing.
S: Of course there is a definite roasty note all throughout. Baker's chocolate and a light mocha character throughout. A very RIS aroma that brings out everything expected, but with a particular coffee punch.
T: Very mocha tasting, with the taste of a nicely made coffee drink. Very roasty with a hint of bittersweet chocolate in there. Cafe au lait. Some sweetness in there as well - light fruit and some cordial, like some chocolate covered cherry filled with liqueur. Excellent.
Overall a really good RIS. I think the standard Stone RIS has an edge over this for drinkability reason, but in terms of roasty character and "bigness" this one comes out on top. A very smooth and flavorful beer that is very very gigantic, this is definitely worth the taste, the money, and the experience. However, for more normal drinking, the other is good.
08-13-2013 05:54:55 | More by BucBasil
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,532 ratings.