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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout2013 Stone ESPRESSO 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WillCarrera on 04-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip (I am putting this at the top so that you see it. You really need to take a decent sip and then keep it in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, as well as swirl it around. It completely changes the mouthfeel and profile with each second. It is a great feeling.)

A: In the glass it is pitch black, but on the pour it is actually a really nice extremely dark brown. It produces a half a finger mocha head that diminishes just as rapidly. There is even a slight bit of lacing.

S: I get a lot of chocolate hazelnut espresso notes, like freshly ground coffee beans, with a sweet malt backbone to complement.

T: This is a phenomenal stout that is a great companion piece to their standard IRS. The espresso really complements the stoutness, but the espresso notes are quite faint and mellow. They don't really come out and greet your palate. However, the espresso is quite prevalent in the aftertaste and really dominates it. The aftertaste might be the best part. It makes you want to sip slowly and enjoy the taste in your mouth. All the malt is very smooth and a bit sweet. It is all like a slightly sweetened alcoholic espresso. As it warms the espresso begins to come through a lot more, which melds perfectly well with the surrounding malt of the stout. Also, the espresso 'bitterness' comes out more in the aftertaste as well, but not in a bad way like other similar stouts I have had.

M: It has a nice body that isn't too thick, which is nice. There is an even crispness from the carbonation that is prevalent throughout. However, you don't get that sharp crescendo or bite that some carbonation lends towards the end of the swallow, which is a good thing.

O: Finally, a good Odd Year release (though I didn't get to try the Belgo Anise IRS). It has finally paid off. I wish I had their regular stout to compare this to right now. They make a great stout and this is a great coffee/espresso stout. I will say that I haven't really had a straight shot of espresso though. However, I can really appreciate this and it taste amazing. All of the aspects are standouts and great examples of the style. You taste none of the alcohol at all.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- typical stone RIS, motor oil, mocha head, very little ruby on the bottom of a tulip glass

S-chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, lovely roasted coffee beans.

T-Nice creamy coco, a little bitterness as it is pretty darn fresh, So much coffee in this, This might be the most coffee in a beer ive had, it's pretty close to the coco flavors along the lines of a plead the fifth, caramel, hint of vanilla, licorice. alc. is hidden well.

M-creamy, thick to medium body, goes down really well for 11%, actually makes my mouth water as well.

O- Another impressive brew by stone, coffee stouts being my 2nd fav. style this one for only around 6 bucks a bomber has me sold. I have a bottle of speedway stout i will be comparing to this beer. I think i might like speedway maybe a little better but stone being have the price, i would probably pick this up 3/4 before i got the speedway.

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Photo of scotorum
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz., bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with no clarity evident. Inch and a half tall dark tan head receded evenly to thick surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Black coffee and dark chocolare

t: Sharp bite of strong black coffee and hops. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue, and alcohol throat burn lets you know there is 11% alcohol in there.

m: Super smooth. Just great.

o: A stupendous coffee stout! A new favorite, although with such a high ABV the high-balancing effects of the caffeine are not enough to offset more than half of the alcohol content.
Dangerously tasty and sippable in the extreme.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

I’ve enjoyed Stone’s standard Imperial Russian Stout without being gaga for it. There’s been
a licorice undercurrent to it that’s curled my toes in a not-necessarily-good way. My hope was that the concentrated coffee component in the Espresso IRS would temper the tanginess of the original.

A - Pours the same impenetrable black with the same luscious tan head as its predecessor. The head gives way to a nice lacy halo.

S - Coffee notes dominate the bouquet, overpowering the chocolate and anise notes I've noted in the original.

T - First sip yields a brilliant balance of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla extract, with just a smattering of dried fruits and toffee. Sweet and full-bodied. Espresso RIS does tempers the tang to create a fine dessert stout. Takes some time for the alcohol to catch up with you.

M - Thick mouthfeel of – well – an espresso, but it’s still totally drinkable.

I had to halt myself from gulping down all 22 oz. in the space of 90 minutes. I walk past the Stone bottles all too often, but this brew can stand with massive limited stout releases like KBS or Parabola. Glad I still have a second bottle for a few months from now.

Full review at http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/6/2/imbibliography-review-stone-espresso-imperial-russian-stout

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

Poured from a bomber into a goblet borrowed from a Holiday Inn kitchen in Albany NY. The date on the bottle is 03/28/13, and it was consumed on 8/27/13.

A- Not much of a head to speak of, but that was likely due to the pour, which looked like oil. The head was tan and the body was opaque black and had almost purple highlights on the edges.

S- Very strong roasted espresso bean is the first and most obvious aroma. There is also some sweet, roasty grains and some mild, earthy hops.

T- Starts sweet and almost mild but quickly builds to a bitter, straight espresso flavor with robust, roasted grains. There is a bit of a hoppy finish, but this beer is all about the roasty, bitter espresso beans and dark malts. Some bitter dark chocolate, and a good amount of alcohol flavors that I've come to expect from any Russian Imperial Stout worth its weight in barley.

M- Syrupy and full bodied. Not much carbonation. Nice alcohol burn in the back of the throat without being hard to drink.

O- Fantastic! Very warming and rich. Just about everything I could hope for from a relatively fresh Russian Imperial Stout. I'd love to get a whole case and taste them as they age as the bottle suggests.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split with my bro, poured into tulip glass with an inch mocha colored head. Color is pitch black.

Aroma - roasting coffee beans, dark chocolate

Taste - Amazing! Intense coffee flavor of course, chocolate, some vanilla, dark fruits

Mouthfeel - thick and slick, a bit creamy, low to medium carb.

Overall - enjoying this very much as a liquid dessert. Being a coffee junkie this is just fantastic! Wishing I would have purchased more than one bottle.

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Photo of HuaJiao
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black as tar! I wasn't exactly in a well-lit room to look for light coming through, but there wasn't any that I could tell. Brown tinge to the head.

S: Chocolate with some smoke. Enticing, but not overly intense. Some sweetness suggested.

T: Rich flavor. Espresso is the right fit. It's not overly coffee-beany, but rather has the smooth, dark-chocolate-like espresso flavors. Bold flavor which fills your mouth but doesn't leave you with too much of a dry bitter flavor. Spot on for the intense, huge stout while retaining balance and interesting flavors.

M: My mouth feels quite happy. ;)

Great beer. Exactly what one hopes out of the name.

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Photo of hornsup
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a CCB snifter

A: Pitch black with a mocha colored lacing around the edges, some small bubbles grace the sides.

S: Smells like roasted malts, dark chocolate, fresh raw coffee beans and a touch of booze

T: Heavy on the coffee, get the slight whole milk taste and espresso flavor. More roasted, smoky flavor but its subtle.

M: Full mouthfeel, slight carbonation at the front end that transcends into and milky, smooth (ha, I know)

O: A very well balanced RIS, gets a slight nod over the original because I like the subtle coffee flavors and what it adds to the beer. One of the most drinkable stouts I've ever tasted. Not overly sweet, could drink two bottles of this in a sitting enjoying every sip.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Impressive retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hops and a very strong coffee/espresso character. The dark malt and coffee notes are countered by a sweet, silky chocolate presence. Gourmet roasted espresso bean complimented by dark chocolate,oatmeal and toast. This is followed by a faint resinous hop character, bakers chocolate and cacao.

Full bodied with a huge espresso/robust coffee flavor that adds another dimension to the complexity of the base beer. Delicious roasted, slightly nutty, gourmet coffee flavor perfectly compliments the malt profile and subtle hop bitterness of the regular IRS. Robust and bitter but never becomes overwhelmingly dry or acrid. Lots of espresso flavor up front along with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and subtle smoke. There's some resinous hop bitterness mid-palate with some grass and pine needle followed by sweet, desert-like silky chocolate notes. Hints of fudge, German chocolate cake, cacao and subtle lactose toward the back end. Although this is a huge, complex beer, the high ABV is pretty much undetectable, making it deceptively drinkable. This is the kind of beer you want to slowly sip on and savor, but I love the flavor so much that I can't help myself from downing the bomber very quickly. Possibly the best tasting coffee beer that I've ever had.

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge.

Nearly perfect appearance. Thick black liquid with a frothy medium brown head. Leaves behind great lace and retention. Huge notes of char, roasted malt, super dark coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke. That's in both the nose and taste. Incredibly smooth, creamy deliciousness. Nicely balanced flavor with a great body and proper carbonation. Heavy on the roasted and charred flavors but that's just the high quality espresso coming through. One of the most espresso forward beers I've had which is very different from plain ole coffee. Stone incorporated it so well. A bit of sweet and warming booze in the finish that only complements this near masterpiece of a beer. If you've ever had dark chocolate covered espresso beans, that's what this beer is. Exceptional.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the stenciled 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. This one is a beauty! Pitch black with a super thick and creamy, three finger sized head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue, creating a cool spider web on the glass.

The aroma is outstanding as well. As expected, espresso coffee leads the way, but there is a great deal of balance in the nose with dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, oakiness, chocolate; really nice.

Great flavor. More fresh espresso followed by alcohol sweetness, fruity esters, chocolate, more coffee, hop bitterness. Again, very nice.

A full bodied beer that is chewy and silky and perfectly carbonated. Alcohol works very well and is quite warming.

If the espresso would have been turned up to 8 instead of 7, this one may be the best of the bunch. However, with espresso in the name, I was hoping for a little more coffee in the flavor. At this point, I am being nit-picky, but 5's shouldn't be easy to come by. A truly outstanding beer. Just behind FBS and Peche Mortel, but not behind much else.

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Photo of Chaney
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On vacation in Florida and bought this to share with my wife in the hotel room because she won't drink anything that doesn't taste like coffee, chocolate, or pumpkin.

Served in Disney Polynesian Resort shaped glass.

A: Poured as black as the ace of spades, with a head only a couple shades lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Very understated actually, with a fresh filtered water flair and a good bit of coffee in there as well. Gourmet coffee as opposed to Maxwell house coffee grounds.

T: My wife said it best: "This was a true espresso. It was almost as if I went into a coffee shop and asked for an espresso." Seriously, this might be one of the best things Stone has ever created. Sweet enough to cover up any booze, not overbearing on the coffee front, and there was actually a hint of a little cream in there as well.

M: Thick as snot, with a good amount of lace left on the glass, but not too much. A mild prickle from the carbonation but nothing to write home about on that front.

O: This might be Stone's crowning achievement. They took an existing excellent beer and transformed that into something truly special. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a jet black into a tulip glass with a solid two finger dark brown head that fades very slowly, lining the glass with a chunky lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with some smoke in there as well. More coffee beans come through as it warms. You can definitely sense the espresso.

Taste: Velvety smooth with a touch of coffee but more dark chocolate and roasted malts for me than coffee. A hint of alcohol burn which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Some smokiness to it as well but this drinks tremendously.

Mouthfeel: Thick but very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and the alcohol is noticeable but not distractingly so, very good sipping beer.

Overall: Very, very solid beer here from Stone. I loved the original but like this even more. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brureview
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in March 2013. Wow! Served in a snifter at about 54F. The darkest chocolate color I have seen in a Russian Imperial stout. 1.5 finger head. Glorious looking beer.

Excellent coffee-chocolate in the aroma, although not as strong as I anticipated.

The mouth feel, quite carbonated for the style, enhanced the overall drinking of the beer. Tingling and pungency on the back of tongue- a preview of the taste.

The taste was superb. The best coffee Russian Imperial Stout I have tasted. Strong espresso- but not overdone, and not over roasted. Just right.

What is admirable about this beer is its balance. From color to finish- all in sync. Often a coffee stout will have an over accentuated, overdone coffee taste. Not this beer.

Now to buy another bottle for cellaring!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 odd year. Pours thick and black with a brown one finger head. Big coffee, roasted chocolate and hops aroma. This smells and looks much thicker than the regular RIS I had. Lots of rich chocolate aroma with the espresso. Sweet up front mellowed by the earthy spicy coffee bitterness. Still a bit of hop bite in this to go along. Flavors fade into sweet chocolate fudge, yum! Very little of the fruit and anise that I get from the standard RIS, and lots of coffee. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. So much fudge and goodness that there is no sign of the 11% abv. This is really well done and possibly rivals FBS (one of my favorites). Makes me want to revisit the standard version.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Odd Year release!!

Pours out completely pitch black with a finger of a deep roasted khaki/tan head.

The aroma has a decent amount of fresh roasted coffee right away and then there is a ton of roasted malt notes too. There is some dark chocolate in there too and a bit of vanilla sweetness.

The taste is also dominated mainly by the fresh roasted coffee taste which then fades into some nice roasty notes. There is a good deal of bittersweet dark chocolate along with a hint of vanilla and a touch of caramel. There is a little hop bitterness in there too.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is decently creamy and smooth. Can't really smell the alcohol, but there is a little in the taste and a bit of a warmth as it goes down.

This is a great release from Stone, but I prefer the classic IRS more because I feel it has a bit of added complexity where I find this to be a bit more one note. Still a great beer and definitely worth seeking out and trying!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 03/28/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich and very roasty aroma with lots of coffee bean scent and dark chocolate. Dark roasted malts with big hints of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also hints of burnt toast, grains, caramel, toffee, cream, biscuit, nuts, and smoked malt. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt sugars. Some noticeable hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, prune, and fig. Also some earthy hop hints as well. A very roasty coffee and chocolate forward aroma that is very good.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a big roasty and rich taste of coffee beans and dark malts. Dark roasted malts with a big rich taste of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate along with notes of grains, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, cream, smoke, and nuts. Burnt sugar and notes of molasses sweetness. Good licorice taste from some anise spice. Subtle but noticeable dark fruit notes of cherry, prune, raisin, plum, and fig. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. A very good roasty and coffee forward stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, rich, and fairly chewy. Pretty smooth considering its size with very little alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good twist on an already great imperial stout. The big roasty coffee flavor plays well with the other subtle notes.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing too.

(S)- A great roasted espresso and cocoa aroma with even more roasted components coming from the base. Extremely inviting and I think is a more successful aroma than the regular/base beer. Big improvement here.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. Just great espresso and roast components with I think, a more chocolate forward maltiness than the regular.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style. A great balance as well; just awesome with the espresso addition.

(O)- Definitely a fan of this variant. Everything you want a coffee stout to have. Well balanced and rich with the perfect amount of roast. I really might enjoy this more than the regular.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a half finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is coffee up front, with smooth dark roasted malts, some bitter chocolates as well. Real nice here.

T - Good gracias, I'm blown away. Lots of coffee, espresso, chocolate. You'd could definitely have this for breakfast.

M - Nice full mouthfeel, a tad more carbonation than I would like, but now that's being mighty picky. This is a very good beer.

O - Stone does a nice job here. Going to buy more of these for winter. Excellent beer for the money. Highly Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger milk chocolate colored head with great retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by dark toasted malt and fresh coffee, with a bit of pure ethanol. Flavor is rich toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light smoke or perhaps charred coffee, fantastic. Medium body with light creaminess. A stellar coffee stout; the malt and charred coffee are perfectly melded. Another dangerous beer that requires pacing because it packs a wallop, but the taste is very inviting.

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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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Photo of RacerX5k
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black nice creamy mocha head. Coffee bomb with nice malty, roasted aroma. Big coffee to start, black and bitter. Notes of chocolate and sweet vanilla sugars. Dark roasted very rich, finished dry and bitter with some dark berries. Coffee is more up front when the bomber is coldest. Overall outstanding, and look forward to the 2013 regular version. Did I mention coffee?

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a half finger of a dirty brown head. Nice alcohol legs on this beer.

S- Big espresso beans. This is a massive roasty beer. A very dry, smokey and charred smell. A bit of a sweetness and burnt sugar.

T- A big bitterness at first which balances out well with the dry roasty nature of this beer. Speaking of roasty, this beer is insanely roasty. Between the malt and the espresso beans, this beer leaves a smokey taste lingering on the tongue. There is a lot of coffee flavors and an underlying dark chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. There is some hoppiness to this beer, especially in terms of bitterness but most of the hoppy flavor has been covered up.

M- Thick, warming, surprisingly well balanced. Dry, creamy and roasty. It is what it should be.

O- Awesome stuff. Personally I think its a notch above the already great base brew. Very espresso forward and balanced stout. Get it while you can.

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Photo of hoplover82
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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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black with a finger of grayish brown head.

Molasses, rich dark espresso, vanilla, toasted grain, anise, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, woodsmoke and booze.

Espresso comes through more on the palate with big smoky roast flavors, pine, licorice, burnt sugar, and a bit of lingering bitterness and bite.

Heavy, chewy, this is a big beer. Love it.

Impressive. The espresso elevates every flavor in this beer rather than bogging it down with coffee flavors.

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2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 2,728 ratings.
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