Americano Stout
Stone Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,457
Ranked #3,263
4.13 | pDev: 7.26%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: The coffee notes in Stone Americano Stout are bold, rich and full of American swagger. For each 120-barrel batch, we incorporated over 250 lbs. of artisanal espresso-roast beans into the mash and added in Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade hops to invigorate the coffee taste with a slight citrus and resin hop presence. When it came time to selecting our coffee, we chose the same local roasters who contributed to our sought-after 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout. Their fantastic beans helped us achieve this dark, hoppy and wonderfully aromatic espresso stout.
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Nugganooch from California

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 02.14.16
12oz bottle with Stone IRS snifter

This is a really great stout with a deep rich roastiness to it and pronounced hop bill. Tons of earthy coffee roast and chocolate espresso notes with a floral and citrusy component. Works well for me like a Victory Storm King. Pours semi-thick and dark as night with a dark tan bubbly foam head. Very smooth with some light char and black licorice/chicory noted on the backend. Alcohol is incredible well masked as this is pretty much a double Stout with some nice pop on the palate from the hop bitterness.

Jan 15, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours dark brown nearly black with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasty, earthy, espresso, dark chocolate, faint smoke and licorice, pine, herbal notes, a hint of citrus, and just a little dark sugar sweetness.

T: Roasty, plenty of espresso, dark chocolate, slightly nutty, a little spicy pine, herbal notes, subtle underlying citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit, rounded out with a hint of licorice, and some dark sugar sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Don't ask me how I never managed to review this when it was fresh. It's aged very nicely, though. I imagine the coffee has mellowed a bit, but it's still plenty present. All around very enjoyable coffee stout.

May 16, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 10/16/2014 bottle was a gift from a friend who relocated and had to empty her beer fridge; lucky me! Since I'm not aware of what this tastes like fresh, I'm guessing that it was hoppier fresh but that's the extent of my assumptions.

Poured into a DFH tulip, it's a black body with a finger sized tan head. Even straight from a 50 degree fridge the coffee smell dominates everything. As it warms you get chocolate and vanilla and even a boozy aroma. The taste is flat out coffee with some stout malt char. Mouthfeel is very creamy and pleasant. For a not big alc stout this was a very positive experience. Even though I don't know what this tasted like fresh there's no sign that four years has had any obvious negative impact. Based on my grade compared to the average, maybe aging has been positive.

Nov 13, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

De Zombier. En copa Teku. Viendo Colony 2x04-06. Deliciouso cafe con una buena dosis de lupulos americanos al estilo de una black ipa y una fantasticente suave sensacion en boca. Se disfruta de principio a fin

Nov 04, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with light roasted malt and black chocolate notes is quite sublime. Taste is a nice mix of floral coffee notes with light residual sugar notes, roasted malt with some black chocolate notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Another solid stout for this fine brewery with great coffee notes.

Sep 25, 2017
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black with a persistent beige head. Awesome retention. Lacing is sticky as hell.

S: loads of butter espresso, bitter dark chocolate, and bitter hops.

T: A high percentage unsweetened cacao, deep nutty and bitter espresso, some hop bitterness. Molasses-like malt sweetness grounds things just enough. Bitter espresso finish.

M: Rich and thick body. Creamy and chewy. Ample prickling carbonation.

O: Concept: nailed. It's an espresso stout that tastes just like espresso. Nutty and sharply bitter. Commands a good long session with short sips.

Sep 04, 2017
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked the way the pillow of tan foam gradually gave way to the dark brown body
A lot of hops on the nose ( it is Stone ) tapered by a bit of coffee & malt
Lots of coffee bit, but the hops also sting from the background
Moutfeel, in a word, "soft"
Glad I tried this

Aug 20, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed with some serious beans, it says - and lo!
Although I din't get them in the nose but boom! the taste was there, big time. Looks and tastes definitely like American coffee, and now that it warms up a bit you get definite hits of roast in the smell. Wow.
Tastes a bit sweet but not as sweet as a russian imperial would be, and it is a bit more on the carbonated side - which feels very good, suits this black coffee, reminds me of a carbonated americano I once had in Japan.
Pure artistry. Definitely. Stone is the mastery of the craft and they simply can't go wrong!

Jul 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a soft slim to a filmy off white to tan head. Slim filmy concave lacing wound its way around the glass nicely. The smell started off with the bitter to roasty portions of coffee beans and as it warmed a delicate amount of the sweetness of espresso entered in along with some light creamy sweet vanilla. The taste replicated the smell nicely. The bitter tones run in and hit my tongue adequately. Espresso fades more into the background. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a bitter and roasty portion hitting my tongue nicely. Carbonation feels good, seemingly at a nice spot for the style. Overall, I’d have again for me. Espresso hits nice and soft, nothing overbearing.

Jun 25, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, and looks pretty thick while pouring. Minimal visible carbonation, and a thin tan head fades fairly quickly.

S: Roasted malts and coffee. Leather, and notes of chocolate, vanilla, and tobacco. Light smoky charred notes.

T: Coffee up front – dark roasted and strong with mildly bitterness. Heavily roasted malts, both sweet and some roast bitterness. Leathery, and subtle vanilla and bakers chocolate. Some light citrus and grassy hops. I’m not getting the smoky notes that were on the nose, but the roast is strong and dark in the coffee and malts. It finishes with sweet malts balanced and eventually outlasted by hop bitterness (and likely some from the roast too).

M: A full body for a stout (which I thought was the implication on the label), but about average to a little light for an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation sensation but expected for style. Alcohol flavors are quite restrained.

O: It’s at least solid, if not a notch better than that. For a Imperial Stout you can buy a sixer of, this is quite good.

May 21, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours with a thick beige head that has excellent retention.

Hop dominated aroma. Very strong flavor with good and espresso in about equal measure. Some citrus shows with the earthy coffee beans. Hints odd bitter chocolate. The espresso becomes more pronounced with warming.
Overall: rich and well balanced for such a strongly flavored brew.

Mar 23, 2017
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ahowell94 from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/26/16. Got into the world of coffee stouts this winter and am continuing my exploration with this one. Wow. Easily the best coffee stout that I've had, and arguably one of my favorite stouts I've had overall. Taste is awesome. Rich, dark chocolate and espresso/dark coffee. The factor for me that really put this one head and shoulders above the rest is the finish. Stone managed to capture the subtle dark fruits and more exotic flavors of artisan and small batch coffee shops which are truly pronounced here. Awesome brew. Would love to try it a little more fresh. If you like coffee stouts and haven't tried this one, it's a no-brainer.

Mar 09, 2017
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AJmon13 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottles on 01-22-2016, enjoyed on 02-11-2017:

The last remnant of my original 6 Pack bought well over a year ago. A flagship for me in the cellaring world, and a success at that. The coffee flavor seems to have diminished slightly in the aging process, making this a more toffee feeling atypical stout with a lovely coffee backbone. I've had better fresh coffee beers for sure, but this is one I'm definitely looking forward to buying again and aging in the future for a more proper vertical. Great beer, great taste, perfect example of the style.

Feb 12, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great stout by Stone, really coffee-forward. Not sure if it's worth it for $17/6 pack, but I'll get more. I'm writing this after I've already had 2 6 packs over a year, so i obviously have a thing for it.... Not very carbonated, but enough to be refreshing for something this sharp. It's not bitter, but definitively not sweet or syrupy.

Feb 06, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 02/28/16. Pours a black color with dark brown hues and almost no head. Virtually no lacing. Roasty aroma of espresso, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The taste is lots of espresso, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Roasty, espresso finish. Somewhat boozey with a velvety mouthfeel. Overall, solid brew I'd buy again.

Feb 02, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby black with steady sepia collar. 4
Smoke, booze, but mostly sweet coffee. 4.25
Fruit cake, espresso with cherries, brown sugar, cocoa husks, and signature aspirin linger. 3.75
Medium, slight heat, slick. 3.5

Gets the fruity nuance of hipster coffee. Thin, though, for 8.7%, and the coffee is both too much and not enough. Served warm, but feels like it’s underwhelming, anyway. Stone has an coffee Impy in their core range; why do this? 3.75

Jan 21, 2017
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/29/16.

Appearance is pitch black with a bit of lacing that lingers. Also some alcohol legs linger on the glass.

Aroma is still a bitter espresso coffee upfront despite being about a year old. Also has notes of chocolate, dark fruit, molasses along with roasted malt.

The tastes follow the nose with coffee, chocolate, cherry and molasses coming through. Also a hint of resiny hop bitterness as well.

The palate is medium plus with a lingering roasted malt and coffee note along with a resiny hop finish that lingers well.

Overall this is a very good imperial coffee stout from an og of the southern cali craft beer movement.

Jan 05, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage; drank 2/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge tan head; nice lace.

Strong espresso & smoke notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream & faint smoke flavors up front; bitter black coffee notes on the finish. No booze heat. I'm a coffee stout nut, but this was too abrasive & bitter for me. Not one I'll return to.

Dec 19, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 2/7/16, so 10 months old. bottle advises fresh consumption, or cellaring.

black body, small tan head. minimal lacing.

nothing at all on the nose, pleasant or unpleasant, just a "clean" smell.

though there was no coffee notes on the nose, they do come through in the taste, especially toward the end. interestingly enough, after 10 months, there is STILL a faint hop presence. quite tasty.

between medium and full in the mouth, a faint alcohol burn at the end.

overall, an enjoyable brew, nicely balanced. would be interesting to try one 2 months or 18 months old.

Dec 17, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip snifter.

Jet black color with just about 2F of mocha tan colored froth. Good retention and lacing.

Heavy coffee presence on the nose. Some molasses, oak, and faint citrus.

Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Highly malted.

Very smooth medium-full body. Malted milk. Resinous, chewy. Slightly hoppy finish. Very nice.

What you see is what you get. Spot on!

Dec 11, 2016
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Viaduck from California

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a modest tan head. It smells sweet, chocolate & coffee. But the taste is moderately bitter, piney hops & citrus. Plenty of carbonation, feels a bit thin though. An excellent stout.

Dec 04, 2016
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Glanzman from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A jet black color with a 1 finger, tan head, this coffee stout smells delicious. Coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts. And it taste just the same.

Wonderful coffee stout! 9/10 for me.

Nov 28, 2016
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2/14/16 (9-10 months was all they had on the shelf.) dark khaki 1 finger head,that dissolves into a dark khaki ring around the glass,with spider web lacing in the center.Dark black in color,with no light coming through the glass.

On the nose I'm getting small amounts of coffee and espresso,but mostly dark fruits...could be due to the aging.

On the palate I get chocolate,coffee,espresso,and some hints of dark fruit.Im also getting some piney hop flavors on the back end.

The body is medium heavy,with some fizzing in the mouth from the hops.

Overall this is a pretty good stout.If my memory serves me correctly,it was a tad better when I had it fresh...But still good with a little aging.

Nov 23, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. A lot of coffee in the nose, both brewed coffee, as well as roasted coffee beans, together with roasted malts, cherries and chocolate. The taste follows the same notes, not as heavy on the coffee as the aroma suggested, but excellently balanced with the roasted malts and chocolate notes. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation and a bitter cherries chocolate aftertaste. Nice one.

Oct 17, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I pour this beer in a #Spigelau Stout Glass and it looks beautiful!
A clear dark, mahogny color, fading to black. A almost four finger high, beige-brown head that leaves lacing.

Nose: Caramel, roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, vanilla, cocoa nibs and a bit orange.
Taste: Vanilla, roasted malt, fudge, brown sugar, espresso and cold brew coffee.
Mouth: Medium to full body. Smooth carbonation. A semisweet/dry ending.

Oct 02, 2016
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