Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Pours pitch black. Nice tight bubbled light tan head. About a half finger cap. Sticking around. Starting to leave nice lacing. Some carbonation bubbles coming up.
S: Definitely getting delicious dark roast coffee up front. Fabulous. Dark chocolate. Slight roast.
T: Bitterness up front. Coffee and dark cocoa. That coffee addition is fabulous. Really brings up the dark chocolate in the beer. Tones down the roasted malts. In the mid palate you do get them, but smoothed out. Finish is dry. Lingering dark chocolate. Just really awesome stuff.
M: Full bodied. Some creaminess.
05-20-2013 15:41:47 | More by inlimbo77
4.51/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap at the 16 tons cafe the other day.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is also fairly dark, and the beer just looks rich. The nose was about what I expected, given previous experiences with Stone stouts, and was impressive. I picked up considerable dark chocolage, coffee grounds, vanilla and a hint of licorice. The flavor profile replicated that noes pretty closely, and mouthfeel was excellent. The beer hasa a soft, plush, creamy consistency, which went well with all the chocolate, coffee and vanilla in this beer. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, without even a trace of heat on the long, soft, full, finish.
A very impressive effort from Stone. I liked this one quite a bit.
05-20-2013 15:39:55 | More by John_M
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
2013 odd-year bottling 22oz bomber split into tulips with my bro.
A: Jet black pour with a light-brown head and some decent lace.
S: Strong coffee-house aromas; espresso beans, fresh coffee, roasted malt, mild smoke, and a bit of char. Suggestions of darker caramel sweetness and chocolate...dark fruit even?
T: Espresso beans, mocha, caramel, lots of roasted malt, even a touch of dark fruit again - guess I wasn't imaging that. Plenty of coffee bitterness on the finish.
MF: Pretty much full bodied, though (not sure how this is possible) it 'feels' a bit lighter than standard IRS?
O: Good! Lots of coffee character.
05-20-2013 14:17:01 | More by Scotchboy
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle opened on 5.9.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown head with good retention.
S - Coffee, chocolate and some roasted malts.
T - Same as the nose, but lots more of the coffee dominates the palate.
D - Good carbonation with a medium body.
O - Coffee heavy stout, and in a good way. Good balance and roast.
05-20-2013 04:30:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.24/5 rDev -2.3%
650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.
Appearance - Inky black. Nice mocha head. Surprising lacing and great retention. Leaves a thick mocha collar as it settles.
Smell - Coffee is surprisingly subdued. Rich chocolate. Nuts and caramel.
Taste - Chocolate is first, but coffee isn't far behind. It builds into the finish. Nutty malts. Caramel in the middle. Coffee builds into the finish, which has a nice coffee and malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. Medium carbonation. Leaves me craving more with each sip.
Overall - This is quite good. I wish I had had a regular one in recent memory for comparison. The coffee is a subtle touch, not overpowering at all. The nuttiness is probably the strangest, but not necessarily unwelcome, component.
05-20-2013 02:25:18 | More by Alieniloquium
3.91/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured into snifter.
A Black. No transparency. Thick dark brown head fades slowly. Nice lacing follows down the glass.
S Strong hit of roasted coffee beans. Mocha. Chocolate.
T Up front, the taste is very much like the smell. Burst of coffee and sweet espresso. Vanilla. Raisin and other dark fruit underlies the heavy coffee flavor. Quite rich.
M Full. Thick and foamy. Finishes like a swallow of chocolate milk.
O Very rich and sweet. Almost too much for this taster. Where the regular Stone RIS is very bitter this is very sweet. I love the forwardness of the coffee but the sweetness kills this. A good breakfast beer, alcohol is hidden well and there is some complexity. Still, this one is too much for me, couldn't have more than one.
05-20-2013 00:09:30 | More by PieOhMy
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
22oz bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Split three ways, reviewed right after drinking.
A- Pours a pitch black with about a half finger of mocha brown head that leaves some light spotty lacing and long alcohol legs. Head has decent retention and recedes at a moderate pace.
S- Rich espresso, creamy rich dark chocolate, some hidden booze in the background.
T- Rich espresso balanced with creamy rich dark chocolate, very sweet. Nice taste, good in small quantities but a bit rich for my taste.
M- Velvety, smooth for the abv, fairly thick and full bodied.
O- This was an extremely nice IRS and definitely one of the best stouts that is widely distributed. The beer was very rich but was good in small quantities. The coffee came out nicely, and it's hard deciding if this is better then the regular IRS. I definitely recommend checking this out if you like big, rich stouts.
05-19-2013 21:41:47 | More by jaasen64
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Near black with initial thick brown head, leaving some light lacing behind.
Smell: Espresso beans, char & smoke, bittersweet chocolate, salt and molasses. Very nice.
Taste: Espresso, char and smoke are prominent. Unsweetened cocoa, burnt molasses, and an underlying saltiness are also present. The finish has a strong roasted bite, some hoppy bitterness, and a slightly distracting chalkiness.
Feel: Massive, thick (but extremely smooth and creamy) body. Moderately low carbonation, dry finish and very warming. Overall, very dry for an Imperial Stout, but the chalkiness leaves a coating.
Overall: Comes across as a coffee-accented, very dry version of their standard Imperial Stout. Big surprise there. In some ways I like this better, but the chalkiness keeps them in similar territory. Both are excellent beers.
05-19-2013 21:08:56 | More by bsp77
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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