Espresso Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout
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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/14/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, and earthy espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with bittersweet chocolate and espresso flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some rich aromas and flavors and a boozy presence that begs to be sipped slowly.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a very unique beverage, worthy of all the high praise for sure, but somewhat of a stranger for an imperial stout, and in many ways more of a quad than a stout. its dark a dreamy for sure, sudsy and fading tan head less than an inch on the top, but deep brown to black in color, with just the faintest red glow along the perimeter of my globe glass when i hold it to a florescent bulb. the nose is surprisingly yeasty, and yeah, this has a bit of age on it thanks to careful cellaring by drlovemd87, but it hasnt lost a step. almost belgian yeast, with all the incumbent fruit esters on the nose, a shot of lazily pulled, slightly bitter espresso, counteracted by sweet chocolate malt and an warming alcohol presence. the taste is similar, oddly quad-like, with more raisin and molasses character than dark bitter malt and coffee, although this is indeed coffee driven. no bitterness, no acid, just warming booze, interesting leftover candy style sugar, berry espresso, and a creaminess of the feel that is sensational. do i reckon this is one of the top 250 in the world? probably not to be honest, but its a well made beer that brings something a little different to the table for the style, and in a coffee stout polluter beer-scape, this leaves a notable impression. smooth and heavy in feel, it has just the right vibe. worth a try because its weird, aging like a quad and all. give it time, malt comes to play. well hidden 11% abv too...

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

A: The beer is jet black in color it poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of espresso and a moderate amount of bitterness along with notes of dark roasted malts and hints of licorice.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This in an intense coffee-flavored beer that seems to taste more like espresso with beer added to it. The alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2013 "Odd Year" Release

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Do Stouts get any more manly? Insane espresso additions pile onto an already aggressive roasty blend of burnt barley, cocoa, alcohol, and firm maltiness for an ale that will make the most manly of men become afraid of the dark.

Voluptuous in its pour and jet black in its hue, the creamy thick stout is viscous, inky in its legging and it releases a coffe-stained topping of foam adorns the apex and laces with well defined rings at each sip.

Malty rich aromas of burnt molasses, deep roast espresso and cocoa, all come together in a cocolate covered espresso bean kind of way.

The beer simply reaches a new depth of roast as its flavors share the malty sweet molasses and toffee but, then with the quick celebraton of espresso, cocoa, roasted walnut flavors that control the taste at middle palate. All that deep dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and nutty taste develops a decidedly bitter finish with rummy alcohols and a stern roasted malt firmness.

Its lush and creamy textures are robust and full at first. But the beer makes a quick turn to acrid roast and spicy astringency in the middle which carries into its bitter and drying finish. Excessively dry on the palate, its near powdery roast texture holds onto a slim savory chocolaty, semi-dry finish that lingers indefinately- making it the ultimate after dinner delight.

Stone's Espresso Imperial Russian Stout is the benchmark of coffee souts. With ultimate coffee roast and supportive malt sweetness, it's amazing how effortless the beer seems for such intense individual flavors, but how complex and rounded it becomes the more you explore the nuances beneath the roast.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Odd Year Release. 11% ABV confirmed. "Ale Brewed With Espresso." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $4.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I was pretty underwhelmed by Stone's regular Imperial Russian Stout but I'm hoping the espresso will add interesting character. I'm a big fan of the style.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger nice dark tan colour head of decent cream, lacking thickness for the style (it's disappointingly thin), and pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent. Nontranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Delightful espresso notes - smooth, soft, and appealing - with no traces of bitterness. Light roast. Some milky notes. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. I'd like more roast, but the espresso is a highlight. Quite inviting. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T:/Mf Espresso up front fades but stays through to the third act. It's a bit too smooth, but I like it. Rustic coffee notes merged with milky character; I like that. Dark malts form the foundation, with some chocolate malt and cocoa coming through. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Smooth milk chocolate. I'd like a lot more roast, but it does have a bit. Some caramel. It's a bit lacking in terms of complexity, but I'm a big fan of the espresso notes. Balanced and enjoyable. I like it in spite of its simplicity. It does severely lack subtlety, though. And the style demands more roast, but it's likable.

Good smoothness, with a soft consistency. Nicely creamy. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Wet. Unrefreshing - but the style doesn't call for that. Good thickness. Pretty good presence on the palate. suits the flavour pretty well, but not necessarily the style.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV pretty well, but there's still some noticeable alcohol. This is definitely one of Stone's better offerings. I'd get it again; it's well priced at $5 a bomber. It's not fantastic for the style, and it relies on its espresso notes as a crutch, but in this case it works. Surprisingly good considering the brewery.

High B-

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, just release in April 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with the espresso; and some lightly noticeable hops. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with big espresso; with a good hop bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial coffee stout as expected. Big balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with espresso; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rather thin mocha head sits atop the pitch black liquid, even after a somewhat hard pour; not much staying power, though there a more than a few dots of lace left behind on the chalice

Smell: I was expecting more coffee but this is really fruity, with prunes and dates interspersed with chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Fruitier, too, on the palate than what I was expecting, with prune and date flavors forward pushing into the bitterness brought from the hops (it is a Stone, of course) and coffee; underneath, chocolate and coffee underpin the flavor profile with a bit of lactose softening the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Quite different from what I was expecting and the bitter hop flavors were a bit of a distraction for me; good, but there are other coffee stouts I prefer more

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of espresso notes with nice dry floral notes and no astringency. Taste is also dominated by espresso notes with no astringency and dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Black chocolate notes are also very enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable coffee stout from a brewer that rarely disappoint.

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