Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

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2,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,633
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 192
Gots: 415 | FT: 47
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown nearly black hue with a very nice two finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice super creamy quarter inch blanket. Quite nice considering the ABV.

S - Aromas of creamy milk chocolate, subtle malt sweetness, and very subtle but noticeable coffee. Some faint vanilla too. Almost like a subdued Wake n Bake.

T - Taste is initially a let down on that initial pass over the tongue. As it sits though the beer begins to bloom and flavours begin to pop. Milky chocolate starts along with sweet malts. The coffee only makes an appearance on the finish, nice and bitter and roasty with some very nice vanilla notes mixed into this throughout though. Alcohol is hidden amazingly. Wish there was much more coffee, though the other solid flavours bump this up from a basic 4.

M - Mouthfeel is great, just enough carbonation to keep this from being too heavy it is almost like a chocolate milkshake. Thick and creamy. With no alcohol burn.

O - Overall a damn good stout. Wish there was more espresso in this one as it then would have been "crazy good" instead of just being "damn good".

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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luscious, 2 finger coffee colored head with great retention. Beer is oily, thick, and pitch black. Lacing is stringy, spotty, layered, and thick as hell. An amazing looking beer.

Nose is exactly as expected. Espresso bean, roasted malt, cocoa, lactose and chocolate. Slight booze helps to meld the flavors. Very aromatic and deep. Delicious!

Opens espresso, chocolate, and cocoa. Some lactose sweetness with hints of fudge, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate in the middle. Booze creeps in slowly but surely towards the end enhancing the sweetness of the dark flavors. Bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Great up and down.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Thick, oily, and slick in the mouth and goes down boozy and heavy. Slightly messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Very good.

Just when you think the craft beer world is getting too wrapped up in the hype of new barrel aging, new breweries, and new hybrid styles, here comes Stone to save the day. This espresso imperial Russian stout is a revelation and easily one of the best RIS's barrel aged or not to be made in recent memory. Definitely worth trying.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a half finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is coffee up front, with smooth dark roasted malts, some bitter chocolates as well. Real nice here.

T - Good gracias, I'm blown away. Lots of coffee, espresso, chocolate. You'd could definitely have this for breakfast.

M - Nice full mouthfeel, a tad more carbonation than I would like, but now that's being mighty picky. This is a very good beer.

O - Stone does a nice job here. Going to buy more of these for winter. Excellent beer for the money. Highly Recommended! Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: what yer lookin' fer: pitch-black oil with a finger of fark foam

S: lots of espresso and cane sugar, vanilla and sweet roastiness

T: rich roasted chocolate and black espresso with lush vanilla sweetness; deep and luxurious; drying, bittersweet finish

M: dense, slightly fuzzy, slightly coating, slightly sticky in the corners of the mouth; full-bodied

O: this is a simple, artfully executed RIS drenched with espresso - the smells and tastes of boozy vanilla come from outta nowhere. A real treat.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a pitch black with a tan head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves slight lacing.

S- Espresso, malts and chocolate in the aroma all the way through. There's a roasted quality that tricks you into thinking you're in a coffee shop. A slight sweet caramel aroma is also hidden behind the roasted qualities. Exactly what's expected from an espresso RIS.

T- Similar to the aroma. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate and malt dominate. The caramel like sweetness hides in the back. Alcohol heat is present but daftly hidden behind the complex flavors. The aftertaste is the same as if you just finished a sip of coffee. Bitterness is balanced by other layers of flavor.

M- Creamy. Not quite syrupy. Very little carbonation. Alcohol heat shows up in the finish. Sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Another home run from Stone. This brew is everything I was hoping it would be. I couldn't ask for anything more from an espresso RIS than what Stone has delivered. Combined with the fact that this is only $7 this beer is perfect. I'm hoping I can buy a few more bottles to age and see what flavors develop.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a pitch black with a finger of creamy chocolate colored head. Head dissipates after a minute, leaving a film of chocolate lacing.

Nose is espresso, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, roasted malt. More roasted espresso and malt aromas than sweet.

Nice espresso flavor, not too darkly roasted with sweeter fruity and chocolate flavors. Thick and creamy, coats the tongue, leaving lingering espresso and chocolate flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black like engine oil and leaves a one fingered dark caramel colored head that dies down to a thin lacing ring, very thick and viscous looking as it sticks to the sides of the glass like syrup.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, espresso, coffee beans, char and light smoke.

T - Char and lightly smokey, dark fruit, some caramel malt, coffee beans, espresso, browned molasses, and dark roasted malt from start to all the way to the bitter lingering coffee bean finish.

M - Thick with smooth carbonation, a little sticky; the alcohol presence is evident in the beginning and gives some warming in the back of the throat on the way down.

O - Yep, it's worth every bit I paid for it and considering how good this beer is it's reasonably priced (at least in my area). There's enough beans in this thing to keep you wired for the day, next time I'll have this one with breakfast instead.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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