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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,478 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 146
Gots: 402 | FT: 49
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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Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-05-2013 23:19:00 | More by hardrock
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-05-2013 21:56:16 | More by Isotope
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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-05-2013 21:31:05 | More by TheReese
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-05-2013 20:40:18 | More by Aisha
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JacobGumina

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-05-2013 19:25:15 | More by JacobGumina
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-05-2013 16:14:43 | More by comfortablynirm
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arcook11

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-05-2013 04:58:36 | More by arcook11
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Bauzen

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, with a generous tan foam atop the glass.

Nose carries hefty coffee notes, with a little toasted wheats, chocolates, and malts.

Flavor opens up more of the chocolate tones, less of the espresso. Let's call it a mocha... Much like similar Founder's offerings, it's somewhat hard to believe the ABV is as high as labeled because of the sweetness and velvety finish, but you certainly feel every bit of the 11% by the end of the bottle.

It's a good beer, but I think it falls short of others in its class. However, that's just an opinion, and I'd certainly recommend you try it. There's no right or wrong when it comes to preferring one over another, just personal preference. I'd certainly drink it again if it were offered on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:14:51 | More by Bauzen
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babaracas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark brown, opaque in the glass, two fingers thick medium brown head, settles to a thin layer, lacing down the glass. Smell: toasted black bread, espresso, dark chocolate. Nice, seems to be not as assertive as IRS. Taste: molasses, milk chocolate, espresso, pumpernickel, anise, earth, citric note -- delicious. Exceptionally creamy feel, alcohol well hidden (somewhat unexpected for IRS). Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:58:30 | More by babaracas
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-05-2013 00:51:18 | More by alex_hart
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Krakistophales

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing

S: Black, bitter chocolate, cocoa nibs, roast, dark malts, espresso, hints of dark fruit

T: Lots of dark chocolate, cocoa bitterness, smoke, and dark roast up front, followed by a slight dark malt sweetness, with a boozy finish that rounds out with a deep, espresso dryness. Fantastic.

O: This is a fantastic brew. The regular version is a staple, but I love these little experimentations, much like the belgo anise. A fine offering from stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:47:27 | More by Krakistophales
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Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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warmbier804

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8%

06-04-2013 21:25:08 | More by warmbier804
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SanDNigel

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ Bottle into Stone IRS Squatty Tulip

A- The darkest of caramels. Not quite black, with a dark tan head that doesn't want to leave the inside walls of the glass
S- A chocolatey-carmel with coffee. A mocha if you will, but with a touch of the alcohol ester you know is there
T- Chocolatey-carmel just like it smells, with a soft backbone of coffee's roasted bitterness. Theres a lot going on here. You get the alcohol up front but it finishes so sweet and smooth it makes you rethink the ABV
M- Teeny-tiny bubbles coat your mouth, eventually dissipating into an almost creamy/fatty beer juice
Its a really good beer. Great even. If it is what you are looking for than you can find it in this bottle (or on tap if you're lucky)

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 21:23:40 | More by SanDNigel
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Fahz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-04-2013 18:52:14 | More by Fahz
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drlovemd87

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8%

06-04-2013 16:37:34 | More by drlovemd87
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myersk27

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-04-2013 16:09:38 | More by myersk27
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Rau71

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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cgentzkow

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2013 "Odd Year" release.

A= In typical IRS fashion it pours a deep black color with a nice thick finger of head that is a nice khaki color with a great amount of retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Heavy in the espresso for sure. This beer obviously has a strong dark roast character to begin with and this espresso pushes it over the edge. Big smell with tons of roast.

T= The taste tones down the espresso a little bit but it is still the dominate characteristic. Big espresso without being too bitter however. A nice smooth RIS comes to be. One thing I love about Stones IRS is how drinkable it is if that makes sense and I was a little concerned that adding such strong flavors would tone that down but the espresso has kept with the drinkability.

M= Silky smooth. I can't think of a beer that is silkier than this.

O= A welcome addition to the "odd year" line. This is a tasty beer indeed. Seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 04:05:13 | More by jjanega08
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8%

06-04-2013 03:30:24 | More by bigbeers84
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.