1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,664 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 206
Gots: 411 | FT: 44
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:
Beer added by: WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 2,664 | Reviews: 361
Photo of cmuir24
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of PaulMc
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Fomenting_For_Fermenting
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I stopped off at my local pizza place they had something special waiting for me. I thoroughly enjoy high gravity ales, so when I heard that they had just tapped a keg of Stone's Espresso Imperial Russian Stout I smiled and said "Yes Please!"
The beer arrived in a 10 oz. pilsner glass with about a quarter of an inch of light brown head on top. The aroma was dominated by alcohol and toasted malt but with a hint of floral hop aroma. The first sip gave a lovely broad roasted malt flavor with good balance, and a very solid flavorful presence. Despite the high gravity the alcohol did not dominate the malt. After a couple of sips a bit of bitter began to be noticed, but the malt character was still the main flavor. There was just enough sweetness, and all of the roast flavors of chocolate and coffee came through clearly. The head subsided fairly rapidly, which is one of the few criticisms I can offer of this beer. The impact of the broad and complex flavor sustained to the end of the glass, and the bitter became more apparent over time without ever becoming excessive. The soy sauce character that I expect in a sweet stout never really developed, but with all of the chocolate and coffee flavors I didn't particularly miss it. I could not taste any off profile flavors, particularly since I expect a Russian Imperial Stout to be a bit on the sweet side.
All told one of the most enjoyable beers I've had recently with very few weaknesses.
Thanks to Tom at Yeasty Beasty for procuring the most interesting beers to taste, and to Stone Brewing for making another fantastic beer!

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of reverbking
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RichD
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this beast into a snifter

A: Pours an oily black with a dark tan 1 finger head. A tiny amount of lacing is left in the glass. Good stuff here.

S: A subdued, but deep scent of espresso is the main attraction here. Some chocolate malts are also picked up.

T: Espresso is once again the star of this show. Some chocolate malts also come through with a faint taste of hops. I'm sure there's a good amount of IBUs in this brew. The alcohol is also masked beautifully. There is nothing in this beer that indicates that it's 11%.

M: Feels exactly how I expected for this brew to feel. A medium to full bodied brew. Dries my mouth out considerably but it's also quite smooth.

Overall: What a solid brew this is. I have yet to try the base beer, but I'm assuming it's just as good. Stone is extremely consistent when it comes to flavorful beers. This is definitely a hit for their odd year release. Great job Stone!

Photo of gmendez1122
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of xacidx
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A: It is dark black similar to the standard stone RIS in color the head is brown to mocha in color but settles out quickly leaving barley any lacing. The beer is completely opaque as no light goes through this beer.

S: Well I can definitely smell the espresso upfront it as a deep full smell that is fairly strong and well crafted. Probably due to the fact that this is rather fresh you can definitely smell the hops but not much of their character. There is also a bit of smokiness from the malt but it is very slight.

T: It has a nice chocolatey taste upfront with a hint of smoke, the espresso is also present in the beginning it is not necessarily a coffee bomb but it does have a solid flavor with a bitter bite that blends well with the hops that add to this bite but are definitely in the background.

M: It is smooth and creamy in feel upfront and it goes down easily considering the abv, but there is a little bit of heat though I can forgive that considering how fresh this is. It is not thick however it is thin when you consider this is an RIS, but that adds to the drinkability. There is very little carbonation and a slight hop resin feel but it is very light.

O: Overall I liked this version significantly better then the standard RIS it has more flavor and the espresso really gives it the extra boost that it needed, but that is only in terms of fresh versions as I have not had aged standard RIS so I will have to come back and compare. Coffee beers are my favorite and this isn't necessarily a coffee bomb but it has good flavor and is definitely worth a try great overall demonstration of style

Photo of ThatCracker
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of srgj88
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of CoachJimmy
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. glass from Yeasty Beasty in Monmouth, OR

A - Midnight black with a slight tan-ish tint to the head.

S - Rich espresso and chocolate on the nose. Also lingers with a caramelly, malty sweetness as it fades.

T - Rich chocolate and caramel malts, robust espresso in the initial then fading slightly as you drink. Extremely drinkable and with a stunningly finish for 11% monster.

M - As others have previously mentioned, this is where this beer kicks it up a notch. Very smooth, almost silky. Yet still a solid stout in thickness.

O - What else can I say except "WOW! This is one of the fineness examples of the style. An amazing stout to say the least. I will definitely treasure a few more of these bad boys while their out!

Photo of Buick222
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of langchops
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,664 ratings.