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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout
2,733 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours super thick, pitch black, with a medium creamy dark tan head that has pretty good retention and excellent lacing.
S-The aroma at first is faint with notes of liquorice and burnt caramel and faint coffee notes in the back. There are earthy tobacco notes as well, very complex.
F-The flavor right off the bat I recognized the coffee notes upfront along with chocolate and some earthy hops full on with tobacco notes that lingeres forever. Beautiful combination of flavors.
M- Huge body but balanced with a full doce of carbonation, with a hefty bitterness that lingers long in the finish.
O-Certainly a delightful and excellent interpretation of the style.I would highly recommend this to any craft beer lover.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Copied and pasted from my review of their regular Imperial Russian Stout.

22 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Thick looking as soon as it exited the bottle. Made the mistake of pouring a little too fast as I wasn't seeing much of a head. Mistake! Head then blew up into a gorgeous, thick, brown colored, creamy looking froth. Beer is pitch black, even in the light. A small area just underneath the head was a dark red-brown when shined into light.

S - Lot's of sweet malt, some toffee/caramel, and coffee. A very slight alcohol smell noticed when warmed. Even a touch fruity when warmed, which I thought was interesting.

T - A wonderful tasting beer. Sweet malts, coffee, a dairy-type creaminess. The coffee was especially noticeable in the aftertaste. Suprisingly, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot more coffee taste in this versus their regular RIS. Also noticed a peppery taste when warmed a bit. Interesting and delicious.

F - It's a stout, so of course it's thick. Felt a little sticky when warmed. Call me a novice or whatever, but although the taste was just as good when the beer warmed a tad, I preferred the feeling when it was colder. Just a little less sticky.

O - A delicious IRS, and it certainly deserves the acclaim it gets. Lot's of stuff going on in this one, all the normal stout flavors, with my palete noticing some fruit and pepper. Interesting and unexpected. But in a good way. Certainly a sipping beer not for the faint of heart. Thick as heck, and won't be liked by most. A beer that I don't see myself buying a lot, as I prefer to drink stouts on occassion rather than frequently, but this is an amazing beer. Not much more coffe taste than their regular RIS. I slightly prefer the regular stuff, but this is still a great beer.

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings
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