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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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2,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 205
Gots: 410 | FT: 46
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:
Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 03/28/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich and very roasty aroma with lots of coffee bean scent and dark chocolate. Dark roasted malts with big hints of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also hints of burnt toast, grains, caramel, toffee, cream, biscuit, nuts, and smoked malt. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt sugars. Some noticeable hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, prune, and fig. Also some earthy hop hints as well. A very roasty coffee and chocolate forward aroma that is very good.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a big roasty and rich taste of coffee beans and dark malts. Dark roasted malts with a big rich taste of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate along with notes of grains, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, cream, smoke, and nuts. Burnt sugar and notes of molasses sweetness. Good licorice taste from some anise spice. Subtle but noticeable dark fruit notes of cherry, prune, raisin, plum, and fig. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. A very good roasty and coffee forward stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, rich, and fairly chewy. Pretty smooth considering its size with very little alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good twist on an already great imperial stout. The big roasty coffee flavor plays well with the other subtle notes.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, just release in April 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with the espresso; and some lightly noticeable hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with big espresso; with a good hop bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Big balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with espresso; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a mocha head that fades down to a film.

Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, and wood. Some molasses in there as well.

Taste has a nice chocolaty sweetness up front that goes into coffee, char, and faint caramel. Finishes bitter with a coffee aftertaste.

Slick on the palate but dries out. Warms on the way down.

Really good beer. Coffee is there but more subtle than I expected. Alcohol is concealed.

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22 ounce 2013

A: slight mocha head dissipates rather quickly. Very dark no light passes through this beer. Minimal lacing

N: very subtle coffee notes. Resembles black licorice.

T: bitter from the espresso transitions to sweet dark chocolate with a warm alcohol finish. Roasted malt flavor lingers pleastly

M: Thick, coats the mouth entirely

O: delicious. I Definitely am going to age a few to let the alcohol mellow and coffee/chocolate notes to thrive. At $6.99 a bomber I can't pass this up when I see it

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle split with my wife.

A: Pours like oil and develops an almost gold mocha head. Nice legs.

N: Coffee, roasted malt, and hops. A lot of smoke and licorice. Has an off putting smell in here - kind of earthy vegetable. Fresh moss and baker’s chocolate.

T: Thick acrid smoke, hop bitterness and espresso. Very little sweetness to be found here and it’s very unbalanced. Alternates between stale coffee drinking and a decent beer.

M: Oily and thick. Booze is pronounced, and this is excessively drying to the point of being desiccating.

O: Husky graininess and an unworkable imbalance in between the decent drinking points make this a pass for me. It gets worse as I drink it, to the point where my wife won’t touch hers, and I either got a bad bottle or this needs to be drank really cold. (Mine was cellar temp.)

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Good deal of coffee, some roasted malt and more coffee. Chocolate as well.

T-Nice roasted coffee, great balance. Dark chocolate, mild bitterness, tad bit go roasted malt. Some spices.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and a tad creamy

O-It is difficult for Stone to miss. A well crafted beer the balance is great. What a coffee stout should aspire to be.

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Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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