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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%

David1492, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into a chalice. The color is black. There is a medium tan head that is one inch, thick, and fluffy.

The aroma is licorice with some chocolate and vanilla.

The taste is chocolatey with lots of very good bitter coffee that cuts into the sweetness quite well. Notes of anise are present as well.

This is thick and creamy with soft carbonation. Great beer.

andrewinski1, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of NickBeery
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

NickBeery, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
5/5  rDev +15.2%

JohneHoodlum, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +15.2%

crob3888, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of fearfactory
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

fearfactory, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Excited to try this...so here goes.

The appearance is black/dark, dark brown with a nice frothy beige head. Just a tad of lacing.

The aroma is roasted malt, dark and creamy chocolate, smoke, light fruit, slight booze, a marshmellow or two, and hints of leather.

The taste is very espresso forward. Loving it. Bitter. Getting a gob of dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasted coffee beans and light cocoa. More bitterness on the aftertaste which hangs on a long time. A touch of booze warmth in the tummy.

Mouthfeel is slick but full.

Overall this definitely met my expectations. The addition of espresso was a very welcoming addition to this already world class stout. While this is easy drinking, sipping is the key and the 11% does hit...but hey...enjoy the punch.

kaseydad, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

appearance: Like a Russian should look. Deep dark and nearly opaque, just the faintest cola highlights around the edges when held to direct light. Mocha head with messy lacing. Much like the base beer.
smell: All the goodness of the RIS plus a bit of well...espresso. That mocha fudge thing happening.
taste: Ditto for the taste. I'm conflicted but the espresso version may not be quite as good as the base (which I better say is my fav Stone). Very good in any case.
overall: Very nice beer. I may be changing ratings after revisiting. At this point, gotta say the RIS comes out ahead (by a nose so to speak).

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Prospero, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

lic217, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ak555667, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

random846, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -3%

22oz bottle $7.99 I haven't bought a bottle of the IRS in several years but this seemed like a special treat and it was. Appearance is just like the standard offering, black. Aroma is pure coffee and a nice coffee at that. Flavor is mostly coffee with some malts coming in to play. I like this better than the standard offering, nice beer.

ArrogantB, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

cw577enfield, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Hoptimus-Prime, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Pours a dark brown/black viscous with .5 head light brown head. Thick and coat the glass slight lacing and carbonation is evident.

S: Initially I poured this too cold and was only getting chocolate. As this bad boy warms and opens up it releases the espresso lurking deep within. Huge coffee/espresso aroma. Chocolate is still prominent but damn this is a coffee bomb.

T: Sweet chocolate is the first thing I get on the palate. Smooth chocolate, like a very nice milk chocolate. The coffee follows up. Reminds me of a cappuccino you'd get from a convenience store machine. Slight hop presence. Could be in my head.

M: Thick full bodied, silky and creamy smooth. Finishes with a bitter coffee taste that tingles as it goes down. Slight alcohol warming as well.

O: World class variant to a world class beer. Doesn't get much better than this for an RIS, and unbeatable at the price point.

CommanderOfAwesome, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

match1112, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

juanbon, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

skaboom420, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

bcm75, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Pours straight black with slight hints of dark reds and browns at the edges when held to direct light. Head is a solid dark khaki with 3-fingers of creamy dense foam. Drops to a small thin cap with a solid collar. Big sheets of lacing.

Smell: Slightly burnt malts. Typical Stone IRS with a boatload of roasted coffee. Nicely aggressive without being too nuts. Worn leather, char, and a bit more smoke than the regular iteration. Nice building caramel sweetness in the back. Some bitter coffee grinds. Slightly sweet and almost creamy (like lactose), but not quite. Backing dark fruit with more and more coffee as it warms.

Taste: Soft powdered cocoa up front gets obliterated by coffee. Roasted malts and coffee beans. A rich caramel sweetness plays with some smoke and char. A hint of that Stone IRS anise in the back as it warms. Milk chocolate and bitter baker's chocolate. Some leather and alcohol heat. Black licorice too. Some bitterness from the abundance of roast and char. Warming produces a solid alcohol burn and taste on the back.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth, more so than the original iteration. Some gritty grain on the back. Medium pushing full body. Carbonation is moderate and keeps things moving. A touch of drying alcohol on the back of everything.

Overall: I never thought they could make IRS better. They did.

A crazy amount of coffee, but it works with the large nature of the beer. One of the most aggressive takes on the coffee stout I've ever encountered, but the base plus the addition is fantastic.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

mallen413, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%

had this last night.

Pours like the regular RIS, this one has 3 fingers of head. Sticky icky lacing, which I was not expecting.

Nose is coffee out the wazoo. Really nice, not too charred. sweet cream as well.

Taste follows. The coffee is front-and-center. A bit bitter and ever so slightly acrid in the finish. I feel that they could have cleaned up the finish a bit. A bit harsh.

This is lush and full bodied. Carb. is superb. 60% mouthswish.

I don't review that often anymore but thought I'd throw one up for this as I really dig this beer. A bit more aggressive than Founders Breakfast Stout, a bit stronger coffee flavor kick, not as smooth but really tasty stuff.

Worth a spin. For your health!

ShogoKawada, Apr 19, 2013
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.