(Escondido, CA) – Stone Brewing Co. has announced the debut of Espresso Imperial Russian Stout on April 15th and the beer has already started making its way to wholesalers. Look for it in 22 oz. bottles and draft in a couple weeks. More beer facts below…
11% ABV, 65 IBUs
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Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Beer pours black with a deep tan head of foam.
Aroma: Very nicely balanced strong coffee and chocolate flavors. The addition of the espresso beans in the brewhouse and post-fermentation have enhanced the coffee flavors that are naturally found in the classic version, but interestingly, have also enhanced the perception of chocolate! The fruity, yeasty, and hoppy flavors found in the classic version are more diminished here.
Taste: Deep, rich fruity coffee and mocha flavors, intertwined with subtle vanilla and a fruity finish.
Palate: This beer is very full-bodied and very smooth, with a hint of alcohol heat.
Overall: Espresso-roast coffee has thousands of aromatic and flavor compounds. A lot of what comes out in the final flavor depends on where the beans are grown and how they are roasted and blended. We fell in love with the espresso from San Diego’s Ryan Bros. Coffee when we first tried it in a cask of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, and then later when using it to make espresso, “real” macchiatos, and lattes during one of our weekly “Espresso Friday” sessions. It’s a blend of Indonesian and Central/South American coffee beans, dark roasted and blended to perfection. The flavor is bold and robust yet very smooth, with hints of citrus and berries, and we knew it would be a great addition to this year’s “odd” version of our Stone Imperial Russian Stout.