2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,733
Reviews:
378
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
405
For Trade:
39
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Poured into a Stone goblet

A- Pours black as night with a one-finger creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving spots of lace around the glass as it settles. The head is reminiscent of cappuccino

S- Lots of chocolate up front; dark chocolate, chocolate milkshake and cocoa powder. Bitter espresso notes kick in with some roasted coffee aromas. Notes of vanilla, red licorice, and just a touch of fruity esters

T- Huge chocolate flavors follow the aromas, picking up bitter dark chocolate, cocoa and milk chocolate. Intense roasted coffee notes kick in mid-palate with notes of vanilla and fig. The finish is dark and bitter with a coffee/chocolate linger that seems to last forever

M- Low carbonation and slightly viscous body lead to a creamy mouthfeel and a velvety finish. There's a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but overall hidden pretty well for 11%

O- Big, bold and bitter, exactly what one would expect from this beer. The coffee seems to showcase the chocolate flavors. This is definitely a sipper and has enough flavor to last for hours. This falls just below FBS on my scale of coffee stouts. Another winner from Stone. Can't wait to see what some age does to my other bottles

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Poured from a "bomber' bottle into a goblet.
Deep and dark with garnet highlights, a short, sturdy cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Strong coffee and dark malts
Taste-Coffee bean, dark chocolate, deep dark roast and strong coffee flavor. Big, bold flavor with every sip. Some dark fruit notes emerge after warming a bit. A slow-sipper and a great "cigar beer". Coffee lovers only.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch (duh). Released about 6 months ago.

A: Pitch black pour with a big and dense medium brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with decent retention. Moderate thin soap bubbles of lacing left behind.

S: Mild espresso, black malts and hints of anise. Pretty mellow aroma overall.

T: Ahh there we go. Sharp espresso up front. Chocolate mixes in and sweetens it up, gives it more of a mocha flavor. Burnt malts with a hint of anise. Finish is sharp and acrid espresso with a long lasting bitter coffee aftertaste.

M: Heavy, thick and viscous.

O: A wonderful odd year release (let's all forget about belgo anise). Not a major departure but the espresso offers a welcome level of complexity that really works well with the base beer. At the same time, I feel like the espresso's strength wipes out some of the subtleties and complexities of the base beer. It's delicious but I think I still prefer the normal version. Not a knock against this, the base version is simply one of the best RISes of all time.

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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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