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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,632 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of CrazyHarry
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours black as night with a thick beige, tan head. Aromas of espresso beans, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is much the same but even more intense with a nice full body. The espresso beans mask the alcohol but really compliment the roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Another fantastic beer from Stone!

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, touch of dark fruits, some earthy hops, some vanilla, and some booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, roasted bitter coffee, black licorice, molasses, some earthy hops and bitterness, vanilla, a touch of dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.

D - The espresso is a really nice touch on top of the base RIS.

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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a large Chimay goblet at The Local Miami.

A- Pours an ominously opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that soon fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam.

S- Fresh espresso with some chocolatey sweetness and a hint of caramel.

T- Not as much espresso in the flavor which is a bit disappointing but it's still delicious. More chocolate than anything. Dark roasted malts with a bit of char. Holy shit, this is 11%?! This brings a whole new meaning to the word "drinkable." Hardly boozy at all. Starting to feel it in my gut though.

M- This is where the beer really excels. Silky smooth, decadently creamy and soft. Medium carbonation and a thick, chewy body.

O- I think I may be spoiled from having such world class coffee beers as Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, CCB Cubano Espresso and Terrapin Wake n Bake, but this didn't have as much coffee flavor as I'd like. Regardless, it's an amazing stout and I highly recommend it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.46/5  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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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.

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