Espresso Imperial Russian Stout | Stone Brewing

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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso Imperial Russian Stout
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Espresso Imperial Russian StoutEspresso 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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Photo of Jasonrm72
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of vic21234
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Stone RIS snifter. Bottled on date of 3/14/13. I pulled it from the fridge and let it sit about 30 minutes before opening. I love the regular RIS, and excited for this one.

A- Pours a deep black with a small amount of off-white or khaki colored head that quickly fades along the side of the glass. Some nice lacing is apparent along the sides also.

S- Not too much on the smell. I get some roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Otherwise nothing special.

T- The taste definitely makes up for the smell. Starts off with some classic RIS dark roasted malts. Notes of chocolate and coffee blend in there as well. The back end of each taste is like an awesome shot of espresso. The espresso is not overwhelming and works very well with this RIS.

M- Thick, chewy, smooth, and a great sipper at 11%ABV.

This is a great beer. This one is flying off the shelves in my area. Get your hands on a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of robby23
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours our dark with a light head nice malty colors the flovour was awmazing very well blanced with the coffe, the bitternes of the chocalte nothing was to overpowing the mouthfell was lighter then what i thought it would. Overall very good rounded beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a pitch black color with a slight light brown coffee head. Beautiful lacing.

The aroma is lovely. It has roasted malt, some sweet malt, bitter chocolate, and big espresso beans.

The flavor is wonderful. Good espresso flavor, but not overpowering with a round wonderful mouthfeel. There's a roasted malt flavor, a lot of dark bitter chocolate, and slight sweetness. There is a wonderful smooth mouthfeel and finish to this. Letting this warm up is nice as the big coffee flavors start coming a bit more.

The alcohol is there at some point, but not too strong. It stands there well for an 11% ABV beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Odd Year Release. 11% ABV confirmed. "Ale Brewed With Espresso." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $4.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I was pretty underwhelmed by Stone's regular Imperial Russian Stout but I'm hoping the espresso will add interesting character. I'm a big fan of the style.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger nice dark tan colour head of decent cream, lacking thickness for the style (it's disappointingly thin), and pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent. Nontranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Delightful espresso notes - smooth, soft, and appealing - with no traces of bitterness. Light roast. Some milky notes. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cocoa. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. I'd like more roast, but the espresso is a highlight. Quite inviting. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T:/Mf Espresso up front fades but stays through to the third act. It's a bit too smooth, but I like it. Rustic coffee notes merged with milky character; I like that. Dark malts form the foundation, with some chocolate malt and cocoa coming through. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Smooth milk chocolate. I'd like a lot more roast, but it does have a bit. Some caramel. It's a bit lacking in terms of complexity, but I'm a big fan of the espresso notes. Balanced and enjoyable. I like it in spite of its simplicity. It does severely lack subtlety, though. And the style demands more roast, but it's likable.

Good smoothness, with a soft consistency. Nicely creamy. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Wet. Unrefreshing - but the style doesn't call for that. Good thickness. Pretty good presence on the palate. suits the flavour pretty well, but not necessarily the style.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV pretty well, but there's still some noticeable alcohol. This is definitely one of Stone's better offerings. I'd get it again; it's well priced at $5 a bomber. It's not fantastic for the style, and it relies on its espresso notes as a crutch, but in this case it works. Surprisingly good considering the brewery.

High B-

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Titans77
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3.14.13, so Pi Day!

A - A very, very, very, very dark brown. Almost black, but not quite from my glass. A light brown finger of head that was gone in less than 2 mins. I was expecting it to look more like Ten Fidy or Yeti... but it fell short.

S - Smells exactly like the base beer. Big dark chocolate and coffee notes up front from the roasted malts. Makes me wonder where the espresso in the name comes from.

T - Espresso and dark chocolate are the first thing that you taste. Very prominent coffee flavoring. Some dark fruit on the finish. Very, very good tasting RIS.

M - Very thick and silky that coats the mouth. Not presence of alcohol, which is very surprising for an 11% beer. Leaves you wanting more after ever sip.

O - A very solid offering from Stone, but I wish it had more coffee/espresso. They should have drowned the beer in coffee beans before naming it. I would surprised if I could really tell the difference between the base IRS and the espresso version in a blind tasting. To me, this beer comes across as a lesser Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Chico1985
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now this is an 'Odd Year' release I can get into! Tasted next to 2008 & 2013 bottles of the regular version too. Pretty boss...

Poured into a snifter. Color is evil black with a small tan head that's a bit darker than the regular version.

Smell is great, tons of espresso, smoky dark chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

Taste is also very espresso forward. Big bold coffee taste with roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruits. Very tasty, but with all the espresso punching you in the face, it seems to lack in depth compared to the regular.

Big mouthfeel with foamy carbonation, some alcohol warmth but not bad for 11%.

Pretty great, missing some the nuances of the regular IRS, but certainly a welcome and successful variation.

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