Espresso Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout
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4.34/5
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2,734 Ratings
Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso 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:
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Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
2,734
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,734 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of MrHolden
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Getalegup
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Espresso has melded into a smooth coffee stout, darkest brown, tan foam, low carb, slight sweetness too, awesome!

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Photo of gaesori
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of larryarms847
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and thick motor oil black as I would expect from Stone's IRS, a thin half-finger layer of foam that dissipates rapidly.

As a coffee fan, the aroma of this is truly outstanding. Huge roasted coffee and espresso notes power through, smells like a coffee house.

After smelling the sweet sweet coffee aroma from this, I expected more in flavor but that's where things started to fall off. Rich notes of espresso and roasty goodness, but overall not as complex as I was hoping.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, slick, roasty, bitter, decent.

Overall, truly outstanding in aroma, but lacks complexity to make this a more interesting beer. If you're looking for straight espresso, this is it. But if you're looking for something to ponder over, this is not that.

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Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OptimatorPrime
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

There is the obvious coffee smell. I also get some chocolate and roasted malt.

The coffee hits my palate first. It gives way to some burnt toast and has a bitter, black coffee finish.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

Almost three years did not hurt this beer at all. It still tasted great with plenty of coffee flavor and aroma to go around.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerIslander
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

Pour: Black as midnight, dark mocha colored head.

Smell: Roasted espresso beans, molasses, taffy, delicate hints of caramel, dark chocolate

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, nicely roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, some carbonation (but not too much), a nice and light roasty finish, and I can't taste the alcohol at 11%

Overall: Stone has cranked out a masterpiece, and I hope that they make it again. This is perfect for aging for a couple of years. What a find.

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Photo of SamN
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive hops have subsided, coffee flavors abundant. Mellowed for ~3 yrs, came out tasty, rich. Great coffee stout.

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

Photo of justinp444
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013. Poured into a tulip it has a inch thick head of light beige with a pitch black body.Smell of fresh roasted coffee, chocolate roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is tons of espresso, slight chocolate, bitter roasted malt, a fresh coffee aftertaste, slight vanilla, and some caramel. Mouth feel is full and rich with a good amount of carbonation for a crisp taste and a full body. Aged to become a bit more bitter, but a whole lot more complex on the nose and a tad bit creamier to me.

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Photo of harryhops
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boccu
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark with great flavor. 2012 on tap aged my problem is its following a woot.

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Photo of drone
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of South2NW
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.37/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing deep chocolate, almost black color with a couple fingers of tan head, fizzy and clinging to all sides of the visible glass. Aromas of heavily roasted coffee, espresso and sweet malts. Taste is amazing. This 2 year old beer has great flavors of espresso, roasted, quality coffee beans, sweet and slightly bitter maltiness and balances so well together. Aftertaste is so clean, with only a touch of bitterness and a nice lingering roast coffee flavor. Definitely, the most balanced and flavorful Coffee stout I have ever had. If you have the chance, do not miss it...2103 odd year release. Hope they make it again !!!!!!!!

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Photo of M_chav
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirhc3034
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 2,734 ratings