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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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2,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,575
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 176
Gots: 418 | FT: 46
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

grilledsquid, Apr 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

NateMac13, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of RacerX5k
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black nice creamy mocha head. Coffee bomb with nice malty, roasted aroma. Big coffee to start, black and bitter. Notes of chocolate and sweet vanilla sugars. Dark roasted very rich, finished dry and bitter with some dark berries. Coffee is more up front when the bomber is coldest. Overall outstanding, and look forward to the 2013 regular version. Did I mention coffee?

RacerX5k, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ChugginOil, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of yeastinfection
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

yeastinfection, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of kustard
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kustard, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of jmogator
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jmogator, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Black in color. With a mild pour, this beer (obviously) produced very little head. What head there was, was creamy in texture, tan in color, and diminished quickly.

Smell: Espresso immediately comes through. Additionally, dark chocolate, bread, and a roasted character can be found.

Taste: Amazing espresso taste. Bitterness of the hops as well as espresso balance out a lot of the sweet qualities, though I still find it a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and syrupy! Soft carbonation.

Overall: A bit sweet, but still incredible. If you see it, try this beer!

ChrisKayler, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of CMUbrew
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Founders snifter

A: Black as can be. Pours really viscous, pretty much the classic "motor oil" appearance. Got a solid two fingers of dark brown head to form on top. Dark lacing starts to form from the first few sips.

S: Pretty big coffee aroma on this. Unfortunately, there's not much else here other than a little bit of booze.

T: Espresso, joe, java, cafe, bean juice. Use whatever term you like, this beer tastes like coffee. To be cliche, it is a coffee bomb. And a coffee bomb of the highest order at that. Unfortunately, I can't get anything BUT coffee out of it. No doubt the Stone IRS serves as a great base for the addition of anything, but the massive addition of espresso that went into this beer overwhelms the entire base flavor. But, damn, that's some good coffee flavor.

M: This is definitely a big beer. Quite thick and viscous.

O: For sure this is a good coffee beer. That being said, it could have been taken to another level if the coffee didn't overwhelm the whole thing. Maybe that was the goal, but I think all great beers find a nice balance, no matter what the ingredients.

CMUbrew, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rab53, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Daniellobo, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Brewasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Brewasaurus, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Rollzroyce21, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown, not quite black, with foamy, 2 finger beige head. Goes down so slowly and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S - Good wallop of burnt coffee, definitely espresso-like. Light notes of chocolate and malt. Hints of raisins and dark fruits as well

T - Surprisingly sweet, a lot of milk chocolate and fruits. The espresso is subtle here, you can feel the bitterness more than fullness of coffee notes.

M - A tad thin for the style. Highly carbonated. The alcohol, however, is quite mellow, especially for 11 percent.

Overall - A very good beer, but I'm not sure it's world-class (even over it's 'base' brother). The taste seemed muddled. I think this beer has a ton of potential, and I trust the folks at Stone, should they brew it again, can make it truly world-class

BeerBuckeye, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

goldenM13, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

BlakeAM, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

arniepnminne, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bcostner1, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ambruns1979, Apr 21, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of popery
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Only in small quantities can I pick out any color, just a deep brown. Looks fairly thick. Puts some nice stain on the walls of the glass. Small brown head. Dense and foamy. Little lacing, and it fades to nothing after a couple minutes.

Aroma is huge on coffee. It's a rich, balanced coffee flavor with coffee fruitiness, roast and chocolate. Very nice. Solid backbone of caramel malt, sticky molasses. Lots of roasted malt character in addition to the coffee, though it's hard to pick out what's what. There's also a healthy dose of dark chocolate and some milk/lactose flavor - no idea if that's actually used. Vanilla, leather and blackberries bounce around and add.

The taste is similar but adds in some pine resin hoppiness, licorice and mild smoke. Again, it's aggressively coffee-forward. Big molasses, lots of sweetness to round out the harsher flavors. Hard to pick out that lacto note, but the vanilla comes through clearer. Lots of roast. Tons of flavor. Finishes fairly bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Picks up a little harshness in the finish, but it's a thick, luxurious stout. Very full. You really feel the weight of each sip.

This is a winner from Stone, particularly after the disappointment of the Belgo Anise version. There's a bit more coffee than I actually want, but it's a delicious coffee flavor, and I only really complain because the underlying stout flavors are so nice.

popery, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ralphw56, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black with a finger of grayish brown head.

Molasses, rich dark espresso, vanilla, toasted grain, anise, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, woodsmoke and booze.

Espresso comes through more on the palate with big smoky roast flavors, pine, licorice, burnt sugar, and a bit of lingering bitterness and bite.

Heavy, chewy, this is a big beer. Love it.

Impressive. The espresso elevates every flavor in this beer rather than bogging it down with coffee flavors.

TheMultiYeast, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

David1492, Apr 21, 2013
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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