2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout and 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout Released Today

ESCONDIDO, CA (April 15, 2013) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is releasing two versions of the company’s coveted imperial stout: 2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout and 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout. As 2013 is an odd-numbered year, Stone is revisiting its “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program which began in 2011. The series introduces new or “odd” versions of Stone Imperial Russian Stout in tandem with the classic version during odd-numbered years.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is one of the highest rated Stone beers, having earned a 100 overall score on RateBeer.com and a 97 “world-class” score on BeerAdvocate.com. 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.

Quick Facts
Name: 2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
URL: stonebrewing.com/IRS
Stats: 10.6% ABV, 60 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning April 15
Hops bill: Warrior
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA

Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Beer pours black with a deep tan head.
Aroma: Cocoa and coffee flavors dominate, along with some fruity fermentation esters, floral hops and yeasty breadiness.
Taste: Bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors are the major players, along with fruitiness, hints of anise and yeast, followed by a smooth, balanced, slightly astringent, bitter finish.
Palate: Full-bodied and smooth with a hint of alcohol heat.
Overall: We didn’t change this recipe much from the original version that Steve Wagner designed in 2000. It’s a fantastic recipe and we enjoy brewing it every year.
Suggested food pairings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Oysters on the half shell, caramel-covered bacon, blue cheese-stuffed dates, pecans, walnuts, foie gras
Soups: Short rib stew, Hungarian goulash, lamb stew, cream of mushroom soup
Entrees: Beef steaks with rich cream-based sauces, goose or duck with cherry sauce, coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin, elk, vegetarian vindaloo
Cheeses: Roquefort, Gorgonzola Dolce, Stilton, Shropshire Blue, aged Gouda
Desserts: Chocolate lava cake, Boston cream pie, brownies, coconut macaroons, coconut lemon chiffon cake, apple pie, caramel cheesecake
Cigars: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series, La Reloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo, Illusione CG:4 Maduro
Quick Facts
Name: 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout
URL: stonebrewing.com/IRS
Stats: 11% ABV, 65 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning April 15
Hops bill: Warrior
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA

Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Beer pours black with a deep tan head.
Aroma: Strong yet nicely balanced coffee and chocolate flavors. 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.
Taste: Deep, rich, fruity coffee and mocha flavors intertwined with subtle vanilla and a fruity finish.
Palate: Very full-bodied and 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 as well as and how they are roasted and blended. We fell in love with San Diego’s Ryan Bros. Coffee espresso when we first tried it in a cask of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, and later brewing macchiatos and lattes during our weekly “Espresso Friday” sessions. It’s a blend of Indonesian, and Central and South American coffee beans, roasted and blended together 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.

Suggested food pairings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: BBQ Buffalo wings, Stilton-stuffed crimini mushrooms, lamb lollipops, bacon toast
Soups: Beef and barley, French onion, butternut squash, potato chowder
Entrees: Espresso-rubbed filet mignon, elk loin, mushroom ragout, Thai coconut curry
Cheeses: Aged Gouda, Caveman Blue, Point Reyes Original Blue, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano
Desserts: Vanilla ice cream, tiramisu, chocolate Bavarian cream cake, dark chocolate
Cigars: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, Java Robusto, Camacho Triple Maduro, Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso XXX

Contact Info

Company: Stone Brewing Co.
Contact: Sabrina LoPiccolo
E-mail: sabrina.lopiccolo@stonebrewing.com