2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout
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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)

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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Ratings: 2,733 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Awesome thick black pour with tan head. Great espresso and roasted malt aromas...some crispness maybe chocolate.
Awesome coffee/espresso sweetness...mixed with roasted malt and slight chocolate. Really a treat. Great brew!! It says to age it, but I personally wouldn't want the espresso to fade at all. I say drink up!! So good!!!

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wyatt13
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kendo
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a small tan head. Little splotches of lace.

S: Coffee, roasted coffee beans and chocolate malt.

T: First impression: coffee. Some heat from the ABV at the end. Chocolate malt and roasted barley malt. Some earthy bitterness.

M: Good creaminess; full bodied.

O: Good stuff. Maybe a bit too much coffee for my taste, but everything is well-integrated.

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Photo of KTien
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HardTarget
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black glass with thick clear edges that show more brown then ruby. No head retention, so no lacing.

Smell: Rich malty goodness, almost to soy sauce. A mild chocolatey sweetness with a light hop leaf bitter.

Taste: Full bore flavor attack. Rich grainy malt provides loads of base sweetness that supports a bitter hop resin finish. The coffee is there but there is so much else going on it's a bit of an afterthought like, 'hey, all the bitter isn't just hop powered'. A note of complexity in a Godzilla class monster.

Mouthfeel: A full chew, heavy body shows there was no skimping on the malt bill. The fact that it doesn't go too far into candy land shows the generous use of coffee and hops. The fairly dry finish shows the hard work and skill of the brewers calculating just how much and how long on every variable. Strange that the beer really shows it's strength in the least considered category.

Overall: Tokyo: Destroyed. All the yummy flavors hide the crushing alcohol, making this a long slow sipping beer. One to be savored over the evening. I'll be grabbing some more.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours thick chocolate brown, hints of black. creamy head.

light coffee, sweet. some light alcohol.

bitter, quite bitter. bitter dark chocolate with a light sweet backing. fairly heavy espresso flavor. light citrus hop finish.

lots of bite, through out. moderate body, fairly heavy.

pretty good, not sure if this is too fresh but quite bitter. could be a bit smoother.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque onyx with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bold espresso and rich dark chocolate, with a little cocoa powder and pretzel.
T: It tasted like bold espresso and rich dark chocolate, with some smoky pumpernickel. It had a very clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great coffee stout. The scent and taste were strong, but balanced. And the finish was incredibly smooth with no alcohol noticeable. The body was nice too, so it was crazy easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but it's great fresh. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at FreeBridge.

Total blackness. No highlights. Topped by three fingers of dark tan foam. Spots of dark lace drip down the glass.

Aroma of dark roast coffee is front and center. Background features chocolate and dark fruits.

Taste is ...delicious. In more detail, it's deep roast coffee, a huge dollop of chocolate, notes of dark fruits, a big hop bite, and then a big Expresso finish.

Thick, rich, slick, like there's a river of Hershey Syrup in the glass.

Take a great Imperial Stout, add Expresso, and it's still great.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of metter98
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PGVG
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jd18
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I finally got my hands on a bottle of this elusive brew.
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that doesn't stick around very long. Aromas of espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses, a hint of earth and dark fruit. The flavor is what was promised in the aroma. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. Wow, that's a great stout right there! The espresso is subtle and doesn't whack you in the face like some other coffee beers do. Great base beer as always and the coffee addition is superbly done! Put some in a barrel!

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 97.1% out of 100 with 2,733 ratings
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