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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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2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,632
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 193
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 2013 version.

A - Pours a thick and appetizing black with very little head.

S - There is initially a hint of booze, but that quickly dissipates and is engulfed by chocolate. The espresso/coffee does not really make much of an appearance in the nose.

T - The chocolate there is very strong just like the smell. However, the bitter espresso really comes through here. There is a hint of booze, about as much as the smell, that is very well covered up by all of the other flavors. The aftertaste is much of the same but I'm definitely picking up licorice as well.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent. It is nice and thick and feels almost milky. I wish there was a little more carbonation, but it is a very minor complaint.

O - While it is still very good, it's obvious that it will get better with age. The last regular IRS that I had was roughly 8 months old, and it was fantastic. I have 2 more of these that will definitely see some shelving and I'll have to re-evaluate at that time. A fresh version is delicious, but not quite as good as the aged that I had.

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A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a surprising amount of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. Bitter, robust coffee comes through toward the finish with some char aromas.

T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter cocoa. Coffee comes through, but it tastes almost charred and bitter rather than robust. I imagine some of the bitterness comes from the hops as well. The finish has a decent alcohol burn and is somewhat bitter despite a lingering sticky sweetness.

M: Thick body with mid-low carbonation, this beer would be smooth and creamy if it weren't for the alcohol presence.

O: A solid imperial stout overall, though I'd say not as good as the regular IRS. The coffee isn't very present and ends up making it taste more burnt and bitter than I prefer from coffee beers.

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,632 ratings.