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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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2,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 196
Gots: 410 | FT: 46
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:
Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/13/13

Elder God Tier cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle. I have been more excited for this than perhaps any other release in 2013 (thus far). So, of course, I couldn't find this in any bottle shops across three states. I would say "typical," but honestly this is the only wide-release Stone beer that I have literally never seen on a shelf.

Appearance: Pours jet black and oily, small, creamy tan head - pretty easy to drum up some carbonation - some brown around the edges - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Burnt, chocolate, and coffee aromas of Stone IRS, with even more coffee - very, very roasty without being absurd - coffee grounds - rich, roasty espresso - some hints of dark fruit, like burnt raisins - black licorice - burnt and lightly charred malts - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - some malty sweetness

Taste: Reminiscent of a mocha latte, sans the milk (because milk is for babies) - nice amount of espresso - rich and roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans - loads of coffee flavor, but it doesn't entirely dominate the palate - very chocolatey as well, with some cocoa, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - burnt, dry chocolate malts - some dark fruits and black licorice - above average amount of burnt bitterness - some caramel sweetness, and some (burnt) grainy sweetness - some unexpectedly detectable booze in the finish, as well as some tannins

Mouthfeel: Full body, very smooth, but the finish could bit a bit cleaner

Overall: Espresso + Great Beer = Great Beer

This is a lovely beer. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a significant improvement on the original, though. The coffee/espresso notes are great, but I have some issues with some of the flavors in the finish, including the booze. Regardless, if I do ever see this on the shelf, I am buying multiple.

Photo of obywan59
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Completely dark except for a ruby ring around the base of the glass when held up to a light. Thick, dark tan head 3 1/2 fingers. Recedes slowly leaving great lacing..

The aroma of espresso explodes out of the bottle. Dark coffee with a bit of cream. Rich milk chocolate. Sometimes a hint of Kahlua.

Again, the coffee aspect predominates. Rather sweet for a stout, but that suits my taste. After the swallow, the bitterness of the coffee and the dark roast trump the sweetness, but it's not harsh. Very well done. Lactic quality calls to mind the coffee and cream like before, or even chocolate milk at times.

Thick and full bodied. Creamy and lush. Acidity is laid back, it only showed up a few times. Light alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Rather smooth for a beer of this magnitude.

I think I like this version better than Stone's regular RIS. It seems to have even more depth of flavor.Very rich, but somehow, it doesn't seem out of place in this warming season. definitely worth a revisit.

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited to try this for a while now, and finally got around to it.

Pours a nice dark creamy frothy thick 1 finger mocha colored head that fades semi slowly, a nice lacing, pitch black beer with not light coming through, kinda reminds me of the kaffee I got in Belgium.

Nose is great, just as expected, lots of dark malts, a little roast, with hints of dark chocolate and super dark intense cocoa. then loads of coffee and espresso, fresh roasted ground coffee beans, super pact espresso rich nutty like, a nice roast without being super acrid either. It also brings a light smoked malt character which is also interesting, and a light nutty caramel aroma somewhere under that, and even a faint vanilla character. So much fresh coffee and espresso roast!

Taste starts with loads of dark malts as expected, big creamy dark chocolate, so much chocolate, dark cocoa, a little thick milk chocolate, nice melting Belgian chocolate, a little vanilla and some nice caramel as well. Roasted malts are there but barely, but they lead teh way for the big coffee flavor, and fresh espresso beans, freshly ground and somewhat freshly roasted coffee, and a nice rich coffee flavor. It doesn't get acrid, at all, which is really interesting for how much fresh roasted espresso is in this, I can almost feel the caffeine seeping into my tongue. There is also a hint of warming booze, but not much, and with the mild sweetness and huge roasty coffee and dark chocolate, drinks like the abv is closer to 7%. Besides a mild bitterness from teh roasted coffee, there is also a light earthy hop presence, but barely. Finish is drier but a little sticky as it really coats the mouth, with more earthy bitterness, long fresh roasted espresso beans lingering for a long time, and a bit more dark chocolate.

Mouth is full bodied, nice and creamy, thick and somewhat lush, just a touch of booze.

Overall lives up to the hype, this beer is awesome! It's no Vietnamese Speedway, but it's not too far off. No flaws in this beer, everything in the right proportions, very tasty, and way too drinkable!

Photo of zdeck37
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, nearly black color. A creamy two finger tan head forms with good retention initially. Then fads to leave a bit of lace behind.
S: Cream, coffee, and a little roast. Espresso beans, and bitter bakers chocolate. Certainly roasted malts, but not over barring or acrid at all.
T: Like the nose, plenty of espresso beans, cream, coffee, and roast. A bit more of a bitter chocolate flavor here, as well as a linger roasted bitterness. Very enjoyable overall.
M/D: A medium to full body. I really like how full it is, but without being overly sticky and oily. The alcohol shows a bit, but that is alright. A great beer to sip on.

A well done imperial coffee stout. I enjoyed this a lot, and will be looking to grab a bottle if I see it around. Something I would highly recommend.

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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,643 ratings.