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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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2,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 170
Gots: 416 | FT: 47
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 +3.7%

emottram, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Dan3279, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mtrog313, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

myxlplyzx, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mikeincharleston, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Lukezilla90, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Toadhopper, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ChanChan, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rudy, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jordantb313, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ucsbmullet, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Pitch black color with a 2.5-finger, bubbly, brown head that fades relatively quickly into a cap of tan-colored froth. There are some patches of lacing on the side of the glass and definitely some noticeable legs.

S – A lot of the usual aromas are here with molasses, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a bit of licorice, and touches of dark fruits. The coffee is certainly there but not nearly as potent as I expected from a beer labeled as an “espresso” stout.

T – Follows the nose pretty closely as it starts off sweet with molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits like plums and currants. As the taste progresses, the coffee becomes much more evident, and its bitterness builds. Spicy licorice appears at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a velvety smooth and slick mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and mildly dry finish. Sweet chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, and spicy licorice all linger for bit. There’s a mild warmth from the alcohol but not nearly as much as I was expecting from a beer of this magnitude.

O – This is a nice RIS. I don’t find it much different than the ordinary Stone Imperial Russian Stout, except that there’s a bit more coffee and chocolate and less hops. I was expecting a blast of espresso to hit me with the aroma and the taste, but that just did not happen. I suppose that’s actually not that bad as it’s better for a beer to be balanced. Still, it’s very tasty and insanely drinkable for an 11% brew. Cheers, Stone!

BlackBelt5112203, May 11, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottled 3/14/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, and earthy espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with bittersweet chocolate and espresso flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some rich aromas and flavors and a boozy presence that begs to be sipped slowly.

UCLABrewN84, May 11, 2013
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mater, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tobelerone, May 11, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%

A- Pours very thick and black. Very small, chocolate brown head forms and retains ok, with a fair amount of lacing. Really, really thick and dark.

S- Giant coffee notes are the first and pretty much only thing in this one. None of the malts from the regular IRS get through the big coffee shroud. Not complex, but plenty enticing.

T- Big, bitter coffee up front. Great quality coffee flavor melds with the deep, roasted malts of the IRS. Coffee is strong, bitter, and dominating throughout. The beer ends with a bite from the coffee and little to no lingering after taste.

M- Thick, creamy, and hidden alcohol heat. The only thing that keeps this from being immensely drinkable is the intense dark coffee flavor.

Overall, this is a great addition to an already stellar beer. I loved IRS, and adding the espresso just gives it a slightly different feel. For the price point for IRS and this espresso variant, I'm not sure you can find a better coffee stout.

boilermakerbrew, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

22 oz. bottle.

Very dark oily brown-black body. Nice finger of dense, light peanut brown head. Great lacing up the glass too. Lots of coffee and espresso roastedness on the nose. True to its name. Plenty of earthy peaty roasted barley, dark chocolate, and dark fruits as well. Hints of vanilla and licorice. Heady and complex.

Roasted coffee bitterness up front. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits fill in. Flashes of sweetness. Some licorice, peat, and vanilla. Coffee and roasted malt bitterness start crescendo-ing mid-palate, culminating in a big, bold, dryer, bitter finish. Some warming alcohol notes, and still plenty of lingering dark chocolate and boozy dark fruits. Big, full-bodied, syrupy feel. Intensely espresso-y and delicious. Well done Stone!

alexgash, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mmmaaattt, May 11, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

On-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge.

Nearly perfect appearance. Thick black liquid with a frothy medium brown head. Leaves behind great lace and retention. Huge notes of char, roasted malt, super dark coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke. That's in both the nose and taste. Incredibly smooth, creamy deliciousness. Nicely balanced flavor with a great body and proper carbonation. Heavy on the roasted and charred flavors but that's just the high quality espresso coming through. One of the most espresso forward beers I've had which is very different from plain ole coffee. Stone incorporated it so well. A bit of sweet and warming booze in the finish that only complements this near masterpiece of a beer. If you've ever had dark chocolate covered espresso beans, that's what this beer is. Exceptional.

Gatch, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

pintofparadise, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

billab914, May 10, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Sitiing outside by the smoker on a day off. Giving a 100% attention to this beer. Love the original Stone IRS, lets give this odd one a try.

Appearance: Perfect. Rough pour into my IRS tulp. Pitch black in the bottom. Dark brown at the top. Brownish 3/4 inch head forms at the top with the pour and over time drops down to a thin line. Beautifl lacing sticks to the glass and the lacing swirl effect is entrancing.

Smell: chocolate, molasses, some tobacco, mild anise, less coffee than expected but its there, and even a little vanilla. Reminds me a lot of the southern tier Mokah.

Taste: lot of chocolate up front and coffee is there and a great addition. Some hop bitterness, burnt bread and molasses sticks around til the end. Still getting some vanilla and even maybe caramel. Is this barrel aged at all? Sweeter than the original. Not sure if they changed anything else besides the coffee addition. Has an alcohol finish being fresh.

Mouthfeel: coats the mouth fantastically. As I take a sip and watch the lacing drop from the top back into the beer, i can feel it happening in my mouth. More carbed than i expected. I like how its not as thick as Mokah. I feel like i can finish this bomber without feeling way too full.

Overall: fantasic beer. Anise last time wasnt for me but this odd year edition is fantastic. Need to buy more to age, i think this will evolve incredibly. Might even be better than the original, but maybe the strength is just making me feel good. Hides the high abv well but its still there which some aging will take care of. Cant wait for the second half of this bottle. Thank you Stone for another gem!

jageraholic, May 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

rheimbro, May 10, 2013
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Drucifer, May 10, 2013
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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