1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,428 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 127
Gots: 398 | FT: 48
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Espresso Imperial Russian Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,428 | Reviews: 349 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of djaeon
djaeon

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-16-2013 01:05:25 | More by djaeon
Photo of Vonerichs
Vonerichs

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IRS is one of my favorite beers to begin with, so I was pretty excited to try this variation.

Dark black body with a mohagany hue around the edges. It has a nice short but dense coffee colored head.

The sweet black licorice still dominates the nose with berry and earthy hops. The espresso adds more depth. Notes of fudge, too.

Dessert in a glass. Fudge brownies with coffee. Currant and anise. Earthy hop long lasting finish.

Big and sticky sweet mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

This is the best odd beer of the series so far. It makes perfect sense and was pulled off flawlessly.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:47:01 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of cp45
cp45

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-16-2013 00:30:03 | More by cp45
Photo of shehateme
shehateme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-16-2013 00:16:48 | More by shehateme
Photo of AOShabaz
AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-15-2013 23:43:53 | More by AOShabaz
Photo of In_Control_Mike
In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-15-2013 23:42:47 | More by In_Control_Mike
Photo of brewsclues
brewsclues

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-15-2013 23:25:03 | More by brewsclues
Photo of estlinska
estlinska

Arkansas

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large tulip glass on 5/13/13. This beer pours perfectly black as tar with absolutely no light penetration. There is a touch or ruby color to the edges, but it's overall just a black hole. The head though, is big and frothy and very dark mocha colored. This thing looks great in the glass. On the nose, there is, of course, a beautiful dark roast espresso up front. This smell is a little overbearing on the remaining smells of the beer, but it's not a bad smell. It smells fantastic, but lacks some complexity present in the original concoction of the Imperial Russian Stout. There are some faint chocolates and some of the citrus smells there in the background, but espresso is big and it is very enticing. The taste is fantastic. The original IRS is a little harsh with the heavy hand of hops, but the espresso smooths this beer our amazingly. The coffee works well with some fruit and citrus notes. It produces a nice symbiosis. The mouthfeel is very big and full with some easy alcohol warming that does not overwhelm the beer. There is a slightly heavy sweetness at the bad end, but nonetheless takes very little from the beer. Overall, this beer is fantastic and is probably even a slight improvement to the original beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:06:33 | More by estlinska
Photo of funkel81
funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-15-2013 21:58:02 | More by funkel81
Photo of tsco7
tsco7

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8%

05-15-2013 20:55:58 | More by tsco7
Photo of mvdillman
mvdillman

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-15-2013 18:18:03 | More by mvdillman
Photo of tourdot
tourdot

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-15-2013 04:15:58 | More by tourdot
Photo of LaChupacabra
LaChupacabra

California

4/5  rDev -8%

05-15-2013 03:50:14 | More by LaChupacabra
Photo of Zbeetleman
Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-15-2013 03:07:02 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 03/28/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Black with one finger of mocha colorued head.

S - A huge espresso aroma dominates with some roast. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - A big espresso hit up front with a good hop presence to provide some bitterness. Some roast, smoke and a touch of licorice. The hop profile creates a perfect compliment for the bitter espresso flavours, preventing this from being one dimensional.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:36:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of richj1970
richj1970

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours pitch black with 1-2 finger tan creamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee mixed with some smoky and roasted malts. A bit of vanilla and chocolate.

T: Coffee flavors up front with lots of nice smoky and roasted flavors. The coffee is more up front as the beer warms.

M: Nice body that coats the tongue nicely.

O: Very nice brew. I really enjoy stouts with big chocolate and coffee flavors so this one feels right at home. I picked up 4 bottle to start and may have to go back for more before they run out of stock...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:09:35 | More by richj1970
Photo of saxclar123
saxclar123

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-15-2013 00:41:25 | More by saxclar123
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8%

05-15-2013 00:31:16 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Stinger80OH
Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-15-2013 00:24:17 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of Kylethebear
Kylethebear

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-15-2013 00:16:19 | More by Kylethebear
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours with a bit of a thinnish body out of the bottle. In the glass this sits with seemingly excellent clarity judged only by what I can see thru the edges which consist of an almost cola-like appearance. Head is non-existent, even on a semi-aggressive pour with only the faintest of collars apparent. No lacing.

S - Certainly lives up to the name with lots of coffee aromas up front. Fair amount of creamy vanilla takes hold too. Burnt espresso roastiness, faint licorice. As it warms, coffee becomes more and more dominant...and more and more enticing. Complexity is lacking a bit, but hardly more than a minor concern.

T - Oh yeah...heavy handed coffee and espresso flavors, burnt and dark roasty with light acidity and some acrid charred flavors. Some licorice flavors come thru and a rather potent alcohol component as well. Pretty tasty overall.

M - Body is thicker than it appears in the pour but still only manages at best a medium level body...seems a bit on the thin side for the style. Coffee flavors dominate throughout with burnt, acrid and roasty aspects as one would expect. Carbonation is on the lower side and fits well with the character of the beer. Would like a bit more body in an imperial stout, but otherwise pretty darn good.

O - One of those beers where the appearance and the aroma set you up to expect a good beer, but then the flavor impresses even further. Typically I find the opposite with impressive look and aroma, then so-so flavor. This one "surprises" a bit in the positive direction. I really enjoy the standard Stone RIS so I expected/hoped this would even be a notch above...for flavor I think this accomplishes that feat. Glad I've been able to grab a few of these to put in the cellar to enjoy periodically in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:14:30 | More by portia99
Photo of theminutemen
theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-14-2013 21:28:06 | More by theminutemen
Photo of Ethan-UF
Ethan-UF

Florida

4/5  rDev -8%

05-14-2013 18:52:58 | More by Ethan-UF
Photo of Absolut
Absolut

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-14-2013 17:48:02 | More by Absolut
Photo of BeerRunner77
BeerRunner77

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31%

05-14-2013 17:42:44 | More by BeerRunner77
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.