Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle, 2013 "odd year" release. Exponentially excited to finally have a bottle of this, as I have been looking forward to it since it first hit shelves. I believe this is my first stout from Stone, although I could be wrong. I have not tried the regular Stone Imperial Russian Stout yet, so I have nothing to compare this beer to, I am rating it on it's own.
Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Pours about two fingers of chocolate colored froth on top of a dark opaque jet black colored body. No light passes through. Hardly any lacing to speak of.
S - Smells of rich dark chocolate, freshly grinded coffee beans, roasty malts, and some alcohol. Perhaps dried dark fruits in the mix, also.
T - Taste is at first of creamy rich chocolate, and then gives way to beautifully authentic roasted ground coffee bean goodness. Literally tastes like an entire cup of black coffee was dumped into this bomber. Some dark fruit presence and some alcohol warmth on the finish along with a subtle spicy peppery tingle on the tongue.
M - Feel is smooth and creamy; dangerously smooth for being such a big beer. Sticky resins from the hops, and coffee bean bitterness abound. Lingering coffee bean flavor, literally tastes like I was sucking on a coffee bean.
Overall, Stone definitely nailed the espresso part of this beer head on. A big beer with big bold flavors and a big 11.00% abv. Alcohol content is well-hidden, but noticeable. Definitely looking forward to trying the regular Stone Imperial Russian Stout, as well as other big dark beers from Stone.
Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2013 00:07:47 | More by mfnmbvp
4.09/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Black as night. One finger head, espresso colored. Low retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Earthy. Barnyard, dirt. Black coffee, leafy, woodsy, some cacao, baker's chocolate.
T: Woody, chicory, mesquite smoke, aftertaste of burnt coffee. Mild toffee and vanilla sweetness.
M: Effervescent. Light bodied. Surprising.
O: Coffee bomb in its surest form. I got less of an espresso quality and more of a straight cup of coffee. Black, no sugar, no cream.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 11:46:22 | More by McStagger
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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