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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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2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,632
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 193
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AOShabaz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 03/28/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Black with one finger of mocha colorued head.

S - A huge espresso aroma dominates with some roast. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - A big espresso hit up front with a good hop presence to provide some bitterness. Some roast, smoke and a touch of licorice. The hop profile creates a perfect compliment for the bitter espresso flavours, preventing this from being one dimensional.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of richj1970
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours pitch black with 1-2 finger tan creamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee mixed with some smoky and roasted malts. A bit of vanilla and chocolate.

T: Coffee flavors up front with lots of nice smoky and roasted flavors. The coffee is more up front as the beer warms.

M: Nice body that coats the tongue nicely.

O: Very nice brew. I really enjoy stouts with big chocolate and coffee flavors so this one feels right at home. I picked up 4 bottle to start and may have to go back for more before they run out of stock...

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,632 ratings.