Monday, April 15, 2013

Stone set to release 2013 classic and "odd year" IRS

Image credit:  Stone Brewing Company

Stone has announced their 2013 Imperial Russian Stout (IRS), whose release will coincide with the latest entry in their "Odd Beers for Odd Years" series, an espresso-infused version of IRS brewed with locally-sourced coffee beans.

In addition to product information and cellaring advice contained below, visit the IRS website for tasting notes by Brewmaster Mitch Steele, and suggested food pairings by "Dr." Bill Sysak.

Per the official Press Release:

"Stone Imperial Russian Stout is one of the highest rated Stone beers, having earned a 100 overall score on and a 97 “world-class” score on The recipe was created by Stone Co-founder and President Steve Wagner in 2000 and has changed little from the first brew, which utilizes four malt varieties and Warrior hops. The beer pours black with pronounced cocoa and coffee aromas. The chocolate and java notes carry through onto the palate, along with fruitiness and hints of anise. The beer is smooth and finishes with a slightly bitter hoppy taste.

The 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout is an augmented version of Stone Imperial Russian Stout brewed with espresso beans from San Diego’s Ryan Bros. Coffee. Like the classic version, the beer pours black and emits strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele notes, “The addition of espresso beans in the brewhouse and post-fermentation enhances the coffee flavors that are naturally found in the classic version, but also enhance the perception of chocolate. The fruity, yeasty and hoppy flavors found in the classic version are more diminished.” The Ryan Bros. espresso roast is a blend of Indonesian and Central and South American coffee beans roasted and blended together to produce a bold, robust flavor with hints of citrus and berries.

Both beers are ready to enjoy now, but are also ideal for cellaring over the span of several months or several years. Over time, the stout will continue to develop deeper, rounder coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors as the hop aroma and bitterness subside."

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