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2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout brewed by Stone Brewing

Stone Imperial Russian Stout brewed by Stone Brewing - Escondido, California

This time of year, the last thing most of us want to hear is the acronym IRS. But, believe it or not, as the Internal Revenue Service’s April 15 draws nigh each year, thousands of beer fans begin emphatically chanting: I-R-S! I-R-S! Granted, most of this chanting occurs via keystrokes on social media, but make no mistake, many an American anticipates mid-April and the annual arrival of IRS. No, not the pencil-pushing bureaucrats from Washington. We’re talking about our IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout!

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Considered one of the foremost examples of this Old World style available in the American craft beer market, Stone Imperial Russian Stout is thick, rich and complex. Nearly jet black with a fluffy hot chocolate-colored head, a goblet held to the sky could block out the sun. This obsidian wonder is also adept at eclipsing palates, smothering taste buds with a sensory overload of flavors. Dark chocolate and heavy roast come on strong up front and are granted graceful support by nuances of toast, anise, juniper berry, pepper, sassafras, molasses and more. It’s a symphony in a glass, where every member of the troupe is properly tuned to produce one outstanding symbiotic performance.
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We’ve been producing IRS since 2000. The recipe is timeless, yet, being the never-satisfied, forward-thinking-to-the-point-of-dreaming craftspeople we are, we can’t simply rest on our laurels and just stick with the tried-and-true. In 2011, we instituted our “Odd Beers For Odd Years” program wherein, in odd-numbered years, we produce two versions of two of our special release beers, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Stone Imperial Russian Stout—the original plus a reimagined, more out-there alternative version.

It’s 2013, so fans of IRS can expect to see two versions of the beer on shelves. This year’s “Odd” version isn’t really all that outlandish. In fact, it’s more a no-brainer than anything else. Brewed with espresso procured from our North County San Diego neighbors at Ryan Bros. Coffee, 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout bursts with intense added roastiness that serves to magnify underlying flavors. Think of it as an amplifier for all of those symphony instruments.

You’ll want to stockpile multiple bottles of both versions of 2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, one for cracking immediately—as always, while young and intense, it’s perfectly drinkable right now—and several to lay down and open years from now. We’re still sampling bottles from the first vintage of IRS and finding they hold up and continue to transform with age. Take your tax return and invest in something that will certainly appreciate and be appreciated over time! Stats: 10.6% ABV, 60 IBUs
Stone Brewing Timeline:
• Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. (In the spot where our friends at Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey now call home!)
• First keg of Stone Pale Ale sold on July 26, 1996 to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame
• Arrogant Bastard Ale unleashed upon the world November 1, 1997
• Moved to our current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005
• Opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006
• Named "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine in 2008…AND 2009! "The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!"
• In December 2009, we published a formal Request For Proposal to evaluate potential sites for a brewhouse in Europe. We have narrowed the field from 79 different submitted locations (from nine different countries!) down to two—Berlin and Bruges—and hope to reach a final decision soon
• In May 2011, we unveiled huge local expansion plans, including Stone Company Store – South Park, Stone Farms, Stone Catering, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station (Spring 2012), and Stone Hotel (Early 2013)

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Stone Brewing Company
1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (760) 471-4999

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