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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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2,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 185
Gots: 423 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

rawfish, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tuckerlikesbeer, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

sneaks2210, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Tons of leopard spotting all over the glass.

S- whoa, huge coffee aromas, chocolate, dark fruits, light anise.

T- big chocolate and roast out the gate. Light maple syrup, coffee, some roast and pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slick and creamy with slightly acidic finish.

O- very nice variant of the regular RIS. Perfect blend of coffee with the base beer.

kawilliams81, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

DCgolfpro, Apr 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jtingue, Apr 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Screper, Apr 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Sparky44, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Dreadnaught33, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of timc100
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: The pour is almost completely black - some dark brown showing through. Really nice foamy beige head, not very big. Great creamy lacing and leaves a cream film retention

S: This really does bring speedway to mind, or at least I am convincing myself it does. Really rich dark roasted coffee, rich chocolate both milk and dark. I am getting very subtle notes of anise and dark fruits, but not much. Not very complex, but smells great.

T: Huge tasting beer, and in the best way. More complexity than in the aroma. A large amount of bitterness from the dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee addition is very well blended in, does not dominate. There is a decent amount of ash and some anise that come through in the middle of the mouth - possibly some fruits as well. There is certainly a hop presence as this is very fresh - some nice grapefruit and pine come through. There is ash at the finish as well

P: Incredibly smooth, like silk. I wish my morning coffee felt like this. Rich full body and finishes strong.

O: Was really excited about this and was not let down! The espresso is truly an addition on an already stellar base beer. It does not dominate (maybe a bit on the nose) but enhances. Fantastic variant

timc100, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

gshak, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

imfrommichigan, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some sweet vanilla.

The flavor is sweet malts, roasted coffee and some anise with a big roast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, very nice. The coffee is not overdone, and balances the bitterness.

Beaver13, Apr 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

JeffTheJuice, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a tulip glass.

Espresso IRS is a nearly black beer in the glass with a crema colored head. It settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is much as expected. Similar to the traditional Stone Russian imperial stout with all its roasted malts and earthy hops. The original also has a little coffee to it but this just turns that character up a little louder.

Flavor is very intense and hugely bitter. The sweetness from the malts is briefly enjoyed at the beginning of the sip but quickly turns very bitter both from a huge roasted malt character and a very healthy dose of hops as Stone always does so well. The coffee isn't com.etely lost but it doesn't seem to show itself much until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

Overall a very good strong coffee stout. It is almost too bitter but, as with any huge beer, I soon grow accustomed to it. I'd love to take their advice and try one every six months. It should age quite well.

GilGarp, Apr 23, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive light brown espresso colored head with light whites and lots of grays. Brew is damn near burnt oil. Missing lacing.

Aroma is pure coffee, chocolate, char, smoke, cane sugar....

Nicely sweet and yet still bitter. Coffee gives a nice bite. Lots of strong flavors, pretty deep for being a Stone product. Nice integration with hops, nothing over powers. Flows nicely. Dry, bitter, high carbonation, milky, burnt, nicely roasty, light chocolate start with heavy molasses finish. Highly drinkable.

MUCH better than the licorice slurry produced in 2011...Belgo Anise... Nice work, Stone. Keep brewing 'em like THIS :)

Highly recommended.

chugalug06, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tswater, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BeastLU, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly pitch black body with generous mocha head that eventually forms a bubbly cap. Big roasted, elegant coffee notes present in the nose along with semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, leather, and mild smoke. Taste is slightly smokey, strong roasted coffee with a milky lactose component dominates, with semi-sweet chocolate and black licorice lingering in the background. Mouthfeel is thick and hearty, to be expected for an imperial stout clocking in at 11%. Very little carbonation, has a velvety smooth mouthfeel that lends to the drinkability of this beer. The alcohol is generally well-hidden but every now and then I'll get some boozy heat on the back-end. All-in-all a nicely executed big coffee stout from Stone. And at $7.99 for the bomber, this is one you don't want to miss.

GetTheYayo, Apr 22, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Chimay chalice

Thick black brown, with a thin burnt brown head. Surprised it wasn't black.

Espresso, with a slight grass, and then a hint a smoke.

It does start off with the coffee flavor, followed by sweetness, which is properly chased away by the hop bitterness I love Stone for.

It is almost like it is poured from a nitro, small bubbles, thick, and creamy.

This is an incredible modification to the normal IRS, the coffee beans bring balance to the sweetness an imperial stouts have.

I am going to make a long evening of this eating coffee ice cream.

Rope, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

nharres, Apr 22, 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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Apr 22, 2013
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.