2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout2013 Stone ESPRESSO 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Pitch black body under a finger of fine brown foam. Minimal retention, no lace. Intense but rather forgettable.

S: Coffee, predictably, dominates. Alongside the rich roasted espresso are notes of pepper, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and walnut. Emphasis is on the spice. Excellent.

T: Dark chocolate up front, followed by nutty coffee, spicy alcohol, and rich brownie batter. More coffee and spice on the finish and aftertaste. Really good, but a little on the hot side.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate, creamy carbonation. Terrific.

O: Excellent beer. Stone IRS has always impressed me as a beer that's better with some age, but this treatment is terrific as-is. The coffee is prominent without drowning out the base beer goodness, and it's just a delicious brew all around. Great beer, great value.


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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited review. Originally had this the day it arrived in Florida back in 2013. (4.5 original rating). Coffee has faded, alcohol burn has subsided, malt has taken a step forward. Base beer is noticeable. This doesn't need more than a year or two aging. I feel if you have any, drink 'em now.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet borrowed from a Holiday Inn kitchen in Albany NY. The date on the bottle is 03/28/13, and it was consumed on 8/27/13.

A- Not much of a head to speak of, but that was likely due to the pour, which looked like oil. The head was tan and the body was opaque black and had almost purple highlights on the edges.

S- Very strong roasted espresso bean is the first and most obvious aroma. There is also some sweet, roasty grains and some mild, earthy hops.

T- Starts sweet and almost mild but quickly builds to a bitter, straight espresso flavor with robust, roasted grains. There is a bit of a hoppy finish, but this beer is all about the roasty, bitter espresso beans and dark malts. Some bitter dark chocolate, and a good amount of alcohol flavors that I've come to expect from any Russian Imperial Stout worth its weight in barley.

M- Syrupy and full bodied. Not much carbonation. Nice alcohol burn in the back of the throat without being hard to drink.

O- Fantastic! Very warming and rich. Just about everything I could hope for from a relatively fresh Russian Imperial Stout. I'd love to get a whole case and taste them as they age as the bottle suggests.

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,733 ratings.
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