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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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2,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 144
Gots: 401 | FT: 49
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)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-07-2013 15:05:51 | More by Amerikon
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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1766th Review on BA
Bottle to Stone IRS glass

2013 Odd year release

App- This is the picture of a stout in my opinion. It was black with some lighter brown/dark brown edges. Aggressive pour led to a nice two finger head. Some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell- Well it's IRS on some Canseco juice. Had a very healthy dose of chocolate intermixed with fresh pressed coffee beans. Full and prickly on the nose.

Taste- A very good stout. It takes the base beer up a notch but with espresso needs tobe drank cold and I drank mine to warm.The roast is there with a little fresh pressed more bean of the coffee vs. ground coffee. Some decent booze flavor and the dryness leads to a nice finish.

Mouth- A full bodied stout. A bit of a thicker medium carbonation with the prickly espresso and creamy chocolate to balance.

Drink- Well done stout that is as it was for the easiest stout to start with being from Stone and having that name behind it. Little safe but was still good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 15:00:45 | More by FosterJM
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4/5  rDev -8%

05-07-2013 14:08:23 | More by cnbrown313
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-07-2013 14:05:15 | More by pmoney
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very black and somewhat viscous with a nice 2 fingers of light brown head that shows good retention and leaves some nice clusters of lacing behind. On the nose I expected to get hit in the face by an intense coffee aroma, but was not. Instead, I get a sweet vanilla-like odor, some roasted malt, toffee, and burnt sugar.

The beer has a very full body and an intense flavor that is all over spectrum in terms of sweet, roasty, and bitter. On the front of the palate it starts out just like their standard (and excellent) Imperial Russian Stout: smooth, creamy, and bittersweet with hints of toffee, char, and dark chocolate. Right at mid-palate, the espresso flavors arrive, but are well-tempered and conservatively balanced against the other flavors. There is no dominant coffee flavor here. It joins in with the bittersweet flavors and enhances, rather than supersedes, and in the back of the mouth the beer simply turns into dark chocolate, fresh coffee, and enough alcohol to give a pleasant warmth to the finish.

Stone's standard IRS is one of the most well known, reasonably priced, best-of-its-kind yet easy-to-find beers in any style. I expected this beer to be a coffee bomb that would require some aging in order to bring out the best aspects of its flavor. I was wrong. The beer is drinking superbly fresh out of the bottle and already tastes smooth and exceptionally well-balanced. One of the better coffee stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 12:15:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks very solid, dark, dark brown with a lingering murky brown head on the corners of the glass. could be blacker, or more...black. Still looks great.

Smells like sweet, roasted coffee mixed with a sweet stout. Doesn't smell like great coffee, almost off-putting, but fits. Touch of alcohol.

Nice roasted coffee flavor right away, a perfect mix of sweetness and roast. The alcohol is there the whole time, which makes it less enjoyable.

Very nice carbonation, soft.

Very well put together beer, just too hot. Some sips taste like a stout with a couple shots of vodka dumped in.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:26:09 | More by raynmoon
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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin but dense-looking tan head. Doesn't appear too thick on the pour, but the legs on the swirl suggest otherwise.

S: Mocha, espresso, oak, roasted malt, fudge and some anise.

T: Opens on a big coffee note with espresso, roasted malt and dark coffee. Then progresses to sweeter notes of vanilla, brownie and mocha. The finish brings some charred espresso, burnt toast and dark chocolate. A coffee monster and a fantastic RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:11:16 | More by notchucknorris
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone just added one of my favorite ingredients to one of my favorite beers – how do you not hype yourself up for that? I’ll try to contain myself.

2013 “Odd Year” bottle, opened just about a month after release.

A: Bubbly brown head, thin but sticky enough to leave a few strands of wet lacing. Deep black hue with a milky-looking texture – impenetrable darkness.

S: Espresso is the dominant aroma here; each whiff is a strong character of mocha, roasts, and spent coffee grounds. Not a deep coffee aroma, but one that hangs over the body with a mild acidity. Beneath is a standard IRS profile of fig and chocolate, oak and pepper – I like the balance between the old and the new, though it definitely more coffee than anything.

T: Wow, one hell of a palate. Beginning with a bright coffee roast flavor imbedded in sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, it’s all mocha to start. The coffee exudes burnt toast, acidic espresso, and nutty flavors; it follows the nose in that it’s more acrid than rich and dark. An intense spice defines the second half, expanding on the burnt bitters with leafy pine – hops so pronounced that they sting the back of the tongue as soon as they hit. Eggnog-like alcohol (cinnamon, ginger, brandy, etc.) is kicked up at the far end, warming the palate as it finishes. Moderate aftertaste of coffee and chocolate.

M: This is not a very heavy beer, surprisingly. A thick, slightly frothy texture with a touch of heat.

O: The espresso in this beer had a mixed effect: while it added some great flavor to the IRS, it also detracted from the complexities already present in Stone’s masterwork. It would be interesting to taste these side-by-side to see which one satisfies my palate more; as of now, they’re pretty even (in other words, both fantastic).

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque, sporting a black body and a half inch of dark beige head. Oily residue clings to the walls of the oversized snifter. The aroma brings dark roast, chocolate, coffee beans. Big coffee presence in the flavor. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Some delicate heat and alcohol warmth in the finish. Less heat than in the standard version. Perhaps the grand coffee presence negates some of the usual brash heat. Medium to full bodied with some prickly carbonation. Overall, really solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:14:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of espresso, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. Very light notes of burnt malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate upfront with stronger flavors of espresso. There are lighter notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. Very light hints of burnt malts all of which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness to this beer.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Very enjoyable with really intense espresso flavors and aromas - I'm a huge fan of the coffee brews and this one is great. I bet this beer will just get better with age as well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 23:19:08 | More by dbrauneis
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A brief review from memory -- was drinking this while busy and didn't really have time to take detailed notes

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a fairly stable creamy mocha-colored head that stays around and laces nicely.

S: strong coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas do a great job of masking 11abv.

T: Very enjoyable. A punch of coffee early fades to more standard chocolate and roast flavors I expect. Alcohol becomes very evident on warming, and almost dominates the finish with burn by the time I've finished the glass.

M: A good body with solid balance of carbonation.

O: Very good for the $6-7 price, and a bit surprising at 11abv. Consumed cold could easily be a beer that would sneak up on you because the alcohol is very well masked by strong pleasant flavors, but the alcohol does show strongly on warming. Definitely worth picking up. My favorite thing I've had from Stone, replacing Enjoy By (4.01.13) at the top of the list for a brewery with which I've been rather unimpressed to date, despite the rampant fandom and adoration.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:10:29 | More by jdhowe
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-06-2013 19:33:19 | More by Tom-Peters
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some tiny bubbles are rising along the side of the glass, indicating some carbonation. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells like dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The smells are bold and roasty. I don't smell any alcohol. The first sip is like taking a swig of espresso, which is big and roasty along with the dark and roasty malt backbone and the chocolate. Like the aroma, the flavors are bold. They're also straightforward, but still very flavorful. One thing that I can't taste is the alcohol, which at 11% is very well masked in this beer. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and dangerously easy to drink. This is an excellent beer and another winner from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:06:06 | More by acevenom
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South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Had this beer on-tap at Closed For Business, poured into a tulip glass. Had an inky black color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, robust aroma of espresso, malt, and chocolate. Certainly not subtle, but it shouldn't be.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is extremely forceful and dominant. Lots and lots of espresso is thrown in with chocolate, malt, and a little hops. Exactly what a Russian Imperial Stout should taste like: Big, complex, and flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied in the extreme.

O: Another well made, likeable, and bullish beer. Very much drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 18:18:45 | More by avalon07
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-06-2013 16:29:56 | More by JakeDebus
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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