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Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout

Espresso Imperial Russian Stout is a limited release ale from Stone Brewing Co. It’s brewed with real espresso and it tastes like something you could order from the local coffee shop. It has a rich coffee aroma, with a roasted coffee taste with hints of caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate. The espresso really comes out in the aftertaste and lingers on your taste buds longer than the other flavors. It’s a very smooth and solid stout, and it’s very drinkable for a beer with such a high alcohol content. 11% alcohol by volume is nothing to scoff at, and a pint is enough to make you feel sleepy. This isn’t a beer that you drink at a party. This is a beer that you drink when you’re staying in and catching up on TV shows. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, like you’re bundled up in a blanket made of beer and happiness. Stone Brewing has a reputation for quality craft beers, and Espresso Imperial Stout is one of the reasons why.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Coco Café Vanilla

Coco Café Vanilla is a blend of all natural coconut water, reduced fat milk & espresso with a taste of vanilla for hydration and caffeination. It’s gluten free, it’s best served chilled, and you need to shake it before you drink or it will get all lumpy and clumpy and gross at the bottom. It was so lumpy that I had to check the expiration date to make sure it wasn’t expired. So shake it hard, like it’s a baby that won’t stop crying. It tastes like drinking an iced coffee from a coconut. I’ve never actually experienced an iced coffee in a coconut, but I imagine it would taste like this. It has a rich coffee flavor with hints of vanilla, but the taste is slightly skewed by the coconut water. It’s an acquired taste, it takes a few sips to decide if you like it or not. I am completely on the fence about this one though. I don’t really like it, but I don’t dislike it either. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different. I don’t think I would buy this particular flavor again, but I’d be willing to try other Coco Café flavors.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso

You’re feeling drained and need a quick pick-me-up but you don’t know if you want coffee or an energy drink. That’s when you need to get a Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso. It’s espresso and cream in a small 6.5 oz. can. It’s a lot more bitter than a Frappuccino, but the cream helps smooth out the flavor. It has more caffeine than Red Bull. The small can of Red Bull has 80mg of caffeine and a Doubleshot Espresso has 130mg of caffeine. One is usually enough to give you the jitters for a few hours. Starbucks is kind of an obscure brand, but I have the feeling that they are going to blow up soon.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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