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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 172
Gots: 416 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

MilkManX, Jun 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone Brewing Co. - Espresso Imperial Russian Stout

Even though we get this up in my neck of the woods, it flew off the shelves too fast for me to snag it and I had to obtain it via trade. I am glad I did!!

Look - Pours jet black oil slick with a thick massive mocha head that dissipates quickly but has a slight retention. Rings and chunks of fresh lacing. Great looking RIS.

Smell - Rich espresso and mocha, complex aroma even when cold, but it develops as it warms for sure. Almost hhas a creamy sweet of Hershey kisses here, decadent and delightful.

Taste - Rich and creamy, a complex mixture of the espresso, milky chocolate, mocha, fruits, brown sugar, and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Somehow not that boozy at a whopping 11%, but it is a tummy warmer! Rests rich and creamy that fades into espresso bitter. Surprisingly drinkable for the style, some are and some aren't, this one is. Thick, chewy body.

Overall - What is there to say, this is a perfect brew in this style with a unique twist, I would definitely buy this brew again whenever I see it and I would 100% recommend it.

JMScowcroft, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GimmeGumballHead, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

shredder83, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

enelson, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bbrown12, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

MrBuckHigh, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

doppelmeup, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nlmartin, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mcdonald422, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

itsiilegal, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ortie, Jun 03, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

I’ve enjoyed Stone’s standard Imperial Russian Stout without being gaga for it. There’s been
a licorice undercurrent to it that’s curled my toes in a not-necessarily-good way. My hope was that the concentrated coffee component in the Espresso IRS would temper the tanginess of the original.

A - Pours the same impenetrable black with the same luscious tan head as its predecessor. The head gives way to a nice lacy halo.

S - Coffee notes dominate the bouquet, overpowering the chocolate and anise notes I've noted in the original.

T - First sip yields a brilliant balance of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla extract, with just a smattering of dried fruits and toffee. Sweet and full-bodied. Espresso RIS does tempers the tang to create a fine dessert stout. Takes some time for the alcohol to catch up with you.

M - Thick mouthfeel of – well – an espresso, but it’s still totally drinkable.

I had to halt myself from gulping down all 22 oz. in the space of 90 minutes. I walk past the Stone bottles all too often, but this brew can stand with massive limited stout releases like KBS or Parabola. Glad I still have a second bottle for a few months from now.

Full review at http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/6/2/imbibliography-review-stone-espresso-imperial-russian-stout


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TheCuriograph, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Jun 02, 2013
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TomTown, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

StArnoldFan, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JamesShoemaker, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

clubarsky91, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Mcooly, Jun 02, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter

A - Nice deep dark, almost black, brown. A big 2 finger foamy brown head builds atop the dark liquid below. Thin ring remains around the glass and lacing hangs around for a bit.
Pitch black pint glass pour.

S - Coffee and roasted malts. Some sweetness, caramel, hints of bakers chocolate.

T - Coffee and bitterness right away. Subdues into more mellow roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Caramel sweetness is there to balance it out a bit. Finishes with more coffee, cocoa, and a slight hop biter. I do not notice the alcohol.

M - Carbonation seems pretty good for an RIS. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, but it doesn't detract from the drinking experience as it is still creamy. There is a slight oiliness on the finish,

O - A very nice coffee RIS at a very reasonable price from Stone. Thank you Chris for hooking me up!

Ri0, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GinsuDave, Jun 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

YobroitsJoe, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mportnoy, Jun 02, 2013
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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