Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Dark with 1 finger of chocolate head. Thin layer of chocolate foam algae sticks throughout the drinking process.
S - Chocolate and coffee. Pretty simple.
T - Strong chocolate and coffee presence. Some oats and sweetness. Slight roasty, toasty goodness, but the coff/choc flavor dominates.
M - Not overly thick. Surprisingly thin and drinkable. Carbonation seemed on point.
O - Excellent. I would recommend trying. This went right to the top 10 of my RIS list. Very well done.
05-10-2013 15:12:53 | More by MikeCactusGordon
4.24/5 rDev -2.3%
Stone's original IRS is a doozy, but one of my (only) complains about it is that it's got a bit too much anise and black licorice sweetness to it. I always thought a little more coffee would balance it perfectly, and viola - Stone Espresso IRS comes out the next year. Very excited to try this - it sounds delicious on paper. Bought a few bottles around town, but thanks to Chris for generously cracking one of his.
Espresso IRS pours a deep-ass, oily black - literally almost no traces of any color can be seen. It looks thick, heavy, and viscous as it plops into the glass as a small, tan, fine-bubbled head slowly rises from the bottom up. It quickly recedes to a mere skin atop the black hole, but a few spotty traces of lacing are still left on the glass. What would a Stone brew be without a little bit of lace?
Extremely deep roasted coffee beans fill the aroma - it's like the French roast that's over-roasted, charred, and burnt. Seriously, the aroma is ashy and roasty beyond belief. Some underlying cocoa notes spike about midway through after your nostrils get used to the coffee a bit, along with a faint sweetness - but make no mistake, the scorched coffee bean aroma is the king of this playground.
As expected, coffee hits first and foremost. Again, such a dark blend of beans it seems - triple shot, hold the cream. I'll say it again - roasted, bitter, ashy, and burnt like you wouldn't believe. Not only does this balance, but it nearly cancels out the abundant sweetness found in the original IRS. I'm not really getting any dark fruits or anise here - just coffee with the ever-so-slightest hint of dark chocolate. The palate after-coating actually contains a light nutty and woody flavor, but they still remain secondary to the coffee. Thick, chewy, and creamy on the palate with a huge body, ample carbonation.
Well this tasted at least as good as I thought it would be, and I thought it would be pretty damn good. It met my expectations of overriding the anise-like sweetness from the original IRS by not only balancing the sweetness with heavy, bitter roast, but nearly obliterating them completely. Needless to say, I'd choose this over the original IRS any day, so I'm sad that it will most likely be only a one-time release. Guess I need to stock up!
05-10-2013 11:29:50 | More by tectactoe
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Snagged a bottle at the house of 1,000 beers for 8 bucks.
A - Loving it so far if I had anything bad to say a light pour produced just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to practically nothing. Color is a deep dark black and it seems as Viscous as it always was.
S - Funny it smells of balanced coffee but not overly so like FBS. Cocoa nibs, bittersweet dark chocolates, and roasty notes are present.
T - Man this is one roasty coffee stout. The hops are also present clashing the tongue a bit with a touch of acidic coffee rinds, bakers chocolate, and a touch of molasses with classic RIS anise. Not too sweet so every sip is enjoyable.
M - Not as thick as I remember but a damn smooth medium bodied RIS. Dangerously drinkable.
Overall I do like this even though I am partial to the regular version if given the option I would get this everytime. Tasty stuff.
05-10-2013 03:31:16 | More by DrDemento456
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. 3/14/13 bottling date.
Pours a pitch black color with a moderate brown head. Perfect RIS pour in my eyes. Smell is rich and hearty, with chocolate being dominate but with just a touch of coffee there too. Taste is exceptional. Roasted malts and chocolate dominate, with the coffee lingering on your palate after swallowing. Drink-ability is top notch. a bit heavy but in no way syrupy. medium carbonation and alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
Overall one of the better RIS i've had; you should pick this up if you see it if youre a fan of RIS. Stone just continues to impress me.
05-09-2013 19:57:03 | More by Axnjxn
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Ink black and completely opaque even at the bottom of the glass when held to light. Finger and a half, hot chocolate-colored head on the pour. Recedes fairly quickly leaving some lacing but this is short lived as well.
Lots of robust coffee along with oak and maple bark.
Tons of earth espresso upfront, cocoa, burnt maple syrup. A little sweeter than IRS. Oak and charcoal are present as well. Smooth, rich and well balanced. Nice earthy hop tones. Alcohol warmth in the finish.
Full bodied, smooth throughout with a semi-dry finish. Lots of carbonation for the strength.
Lots of similarities to IRS. This one might actually be a little more balanced. I would drink either of them any day though.
05-09-2013 04:24:47 | More by bnes09
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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