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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)

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Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Nearly black in color, there is a dark cherry walnut edge in the corner of the glass. There is a fluffy dark tan head that almost seems calibrated for the glass I poured it in. Stone always nails the mechanics of brewing, and this looks the part of a dark and stormy coffee stout.

Coffee wafts up through my nostrils first, the type of dark, earthy, and full bodied espresso that I would expect Stone to use. There is a good amount of dark chocolate present as well. Vanilla, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit round out the nose.

Caramelized sugar and molasses come across the tongue with dark burnt malt first. Dark chocolate works well with the sweetness but also begins to cut in and impart some bitterness. By the time vanilla and some undefined dark fruits hit my palate, the bitterness is well in control. The espresso flavor hits hard, with some spicy pine and herbal hops to make the bitterness just that much more robust. The coffee flavors drive through the finish and leave a bitter aftertaste. There is a bit of alcohol bite right toward the end.

Top breweries differentiate themselves in the mouthfeel. A unique flavor with no mouthfeel is a sign of a flash in the pan brewery, and I have never felt that way about Stone. This beer has a very thick body, arguably thicker than the 11% ABV would suggest. Being creamy and thick works for a beer with a strong espresso bitterness. A medium creamy carbonation works for this beer. There is a bit of stickiness that is expected with a beer of this sort.

Overall I have to say I am impressed with this variant of IRS. Coffee is usually a welcome addition to any stout, but it is not always done well. Stone puts forth a strong effort. I think I like it about as much as the regular IRS, but it does have an additional coffee punch.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle. Pours a fairly thick and near black color with a moderate light brown head on it. Nose has a decent amount of roasting to it with the espresso being quite forward in this. Taste is quite thick and somewhat bitter with the coffee dominating throughout. I like this a lot...

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Totally forgot to track this one down... happened to stumble across some earlier today.

It's got that same, classic American imperial stout appearance that is often associated with the base beer.

The espresso seems to work right off the bat. It's the sort of coffee character that I tend to really enjoy - oily coffee bean and faintly bitter chocolate that play well against the roasty foundation.

It's more multidimensional on the palate than I had expected. There certainly is espresso, but it's layered with red berries, molasses, roast, chocolate and caramel.

I'd like to see this one become an annual release.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black brew with a small tan colored head. The head faded rather fast leaving a lighter level of lace. Upon swirling the beer, fingers of a brown molasses color cling to the glass, slowly making their way back to the body of the liquid.

Smell- The smell is big of chocolate and espresso. A semi sweet chocolate smell with hints of vanilla and brown sugar create a nice balance to the more bitter coffee and espresso aromas of the brew. Overall it is big and roasty.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with lots of semi-sweet chocolate up front. With the chocolate comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of caramel. The chocolate begins to take on a slightly more bitter flavor more toward the middle of the taste with flavors of coffee coming to the tongue. The coffee gets stronger as the taste advances and mixes with a light oak flavor at the very end. Along with the increase in coffee and oak so too comes the alcohol flavor producing, when mixed with the rest, a nice warming and roasty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both match the grandness of the big and dark flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper.

Overall – Big, roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans with a nice warming alcohol taste- that is how I would describe this one in a few words. Quit a nice imperial stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. bottled on: 03/28/13.

A: pours a dark brown. a bit lighter than I expected. head is a light brown, chocolate hue. frothy. retention is decent as is the spotted lacing.

S: a significant amount of dark chocolate. dark coffee aroma is there, but I cant say that a boatload of espresso is coming out at me. a few vanilla beans. there is almost an oak-like aroma in there, however I know this was not aged in any oak.

T: starts with a lot of espresso. roasted. not so bitter. just a solid coffee flavor. chocolate too. dark chocolate. again, not that bitter, more sweet. alcohol heat. a little time would certainly help take that off, however you would risk losing even more of the espresso flavor. coffee grounds into the finish.

M: carb is mellow and smooth. not quite velvety, but super smooth for sure. no doubt this thing has a full body.

D: I think I was hoping for a touch more espresso aroma and flavor. not that there is not any, I just expected more.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter. Oily jet black with a medium thick dark brown head that sticks around. Smells of metallic roasted malts and black coffee/espresso, with some chocolate sweetness hiding behind it. Taste is mind-blowingly good; the first thing that hit me was the super thick mouthfeel, this beer needs a steak knife. Then espresso and bitter roasted malts play off each other before sweet caramel smooths things over, but bitter coffee and chocolate get the last word in. A sticky bittersweet aftertaste is left. Outstanding beer, this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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