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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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2,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 194
Gots: 410 | FT: 45
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.81/5  rDev -35.3%
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.)

Photo of rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of arfenhouse
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with light brown head. Decent retention.

S: Roasted coffee bean and charred grain. Sweet vanilla. Small bit of chocolate and some alcohol heat.

T: A shot of espresso with unsweetened chocolate upfront. A decent amount of sweet vanilla and chocolate come in. A bit of bitter cocoa, toasted grain, and black coffee twang in the end and into the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Wet and sticky.

O: Tasty, big, roasty, sweet, and bitter IRS. Espresso is a nice addition to the blend.

Photo of acc88
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jwk7324
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tubeyes
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Thick and black as night, min brown head, some nice lace.
S cherry like espresso coffee cocoa goodness.
T coffee espresso chocolate marshmellow, some estery hop dark chocolate bitterness on end
M pillowy almost chewy well carbonated mf, chocolate espresso aftertaste.
O very impressive beer, heavy, brutal, tasteful, very strong but not overly offensive well rounded beer. Had on tap in large snifter at OSDH Denton, happy American Craft Beer Week!

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of IPeteA91
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 2 Bros. in Salem, CT. Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of light brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of coffee and espresso with some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, earth, roasted malts and hints of licorice. Super smooth and easy to drink. I'd say more drinkable than the regular IRS. Nice alcohol presence throughout. Medium bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Overall, this odd beer for odd years is a hit and way better than the Oak Smoked Old Guardian. Worth seeking out.

Photo of danfix99
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RobDB
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black with a medium sized, creamy, smooth, thick, cafe head. Really nice retention leaving a thick layer of lace.

S - Chocolate covered coffee beans is what first comes to mind. Plenty of espresso, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Notes of vanilla and cream sweetness. Subtle anise aroma shows up now and then but not strong or consistent.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of both espresson and dark/bittersweet chocolate. Some baker's chocolate and slightly sweet chocolate flavors in there. Subtle sweet vanilla and cream. Stronger roasted malt and coffee on the finish. No real anise flavors on the tongue. Subtle caramel background.

M - Medium to light body. Slightly above average carbonation for the style. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D - Easy drinking coffee stout. Everything is well integrated and balanced. Alcohol really well hidden. Overall, this beer works well and has me wanting more.

Notes: Really nice coffee stout. Big, bold flavors but everything melds together. Chocolate and coffee are huge here, but the mix together so well. Subtle sweetness, subtle bitterness, but not a subtle beer. Wonderful and definitely worth a try.

Photo of djaeon
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  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.

Photo of cp45
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AOShabaz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brewsclues
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of estlinska
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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