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Stone Espresso IRS

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by awdturboiv, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (620) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Verified

    I tend to watch beer reviews on youtube and they ALWAYS say "espresso bean" when describing flavors.

    It's almost ironic saying something that dumb when you claim to know so much about "brewing", ya know.
    ThePorterSorter likes this.
  2. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Advocate (540) California Nov 16, 2009 Verified

    Damn baristas and your snobbiness. :D
    jahbulon and ChanChan like this.
  3. A local bottle shop of mine still has a couple of bottles...for 12.99 a piece lol.
    ericwa1154 likes this.
  4. bigedct

    bigedct Savant (415) Connecticut Jun 23, 2011

    I found 6 sitting on the shelf in a Vermont liquor store last weekend, $5.99 each. Needless to say, I now have a six pack in the cellar.
    ufmj and FriarTuckInLuck like this.
  5. bigedct

    bigedct Savant (415) Connecticut Jun 23, 2011

    I must say I'm intrigued. With the espresso and anise flavors, they should have called this one an "Italian imperial stout". Haha! Memories of my father and his cousins drinking espresso brewed in the moka pot with shots of Sambuca in it.
  6. How do you think they get espresso into this beer.?Is it just espresso beans, cause that wouldn't be any different than a coffee stout with a bean meant for espresso (not a bad thing OBVIOUSLY, but really isn't a unique flavor profile or anything) or do they actually brew espresso and add that. And in that case how would you brew that much espresso, that seems very inconvenient, because you can't really brew espresso in large batches I believe.
  7. most of the time they grind the coffee and steep it
  8. Right, and if this is the case then this isnt an espresso beer, it's just a coffee beer.
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  9. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Advocate (560) Oregon Aug 19, 2009

    I get you, it is a bit frustrating. Having some familiarity with coffee helps understand this more. I am still excited for this release, but I would almost prefer Vanilla Bean as it is actually a bean lol.
  10. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Advocate (560) Oregon Aug 19, 2009

    I have heard of a couple coffee beans at the bottom of a burning shot glass, but straight into the coffee!? Either way, just terrible. I suppose anise isn't for me, unless it is in Pho.
  11. elshaggy

    elshaggy Aficionado (215) Minnesota Jul 12, 2009

    TIL that this releases on April 15th. Clever stone, IRS, tax day.
  12. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (710) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Verified

    I'll be looking for this alongside Parabola next week.
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  13. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Lets hope the espresso adds some complexity/balance to a completely un interesting imperial stout...Im down with stone but the IRS isnt a good beer.
    itsiilegal and gameface23 like this.
  14. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Its says it right there on the label...Ryan Bros. Taking a page out of Alesmiths book...
    Kopfschuss likes this.
  15. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    do you usually get stone IRS? it doesn't even come to nor cal....damn distributors.
  16. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Savant (335) Minnesota Jun 18, 2008

    What IRS or RIS do you find to be superior to Stone? Just asking as I love Stone IRS.
    deadonhisfeet likes this.
  17. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (710) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Verified

    I have found it on occasion around me. I have one bottle in my cellar that I do not plan to drink until I find another...lol.
  18. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (695) Iowa Aug 7, 2011 Verified

    ERMERGERD Stone Espreeso Impearlial Russian Stoot! yum
    BleepBloopBlap and ufmj like this.
  19. only 6 more days....:)
  20. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Where are you in Nor Cal? IRS is all over the bay.
  21. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (610) California Dec 12, 2009 Verified

    Could stone have possibly meant made with coffee beans that are usually used for the purpose of making espresso? o_O ...hence espresso beans?

    I don't know, its just a wild guess.
    Uniobrew31, JxExM and Cee-Poe like this.
  22. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    truckee... of course in cali it's easily ordered all year round, be nice not to order it though. But Most people up here use Nor Cal distributor which they all seem to hate. Hopefully a few craft pubs get it.
  23. Avery Mephistopheles, Founders Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin, Sexual Chocolate, and those are just ones I've had. I do enjoy Stone IRS though, and can't wait to try Espresso IRS. I hope it's not a huge miss like Oak Old Guardian though!
  24. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Ah I gotcha. Gotta love distributor drama.
  25. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Advocate (525) California Aug 30, 2012 Verified

    Same I can still find last years around randomly.
  26. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Advocate (640) California Mar 2, 2013 Verified

    Stoked on this and the regular IRS as well. I bet the Espresso one will be incredible though.
    Neorebel likes this.
  27. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Savant (285) California Feb 13, 2011

    Don't stop searching... that beer was god damned gorgeous.
  28. Devi0us

    Devi0us Advocate (565) California May 3, 2011

    Maybe it just doesn't show up in Truckee, it hits ghetto ass Stockton Bevmo every year...
    KiMiRaiK likes this.
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  30. Yeah, I honestly want's a big fan of it myself. I have some extra bottles in the closet to see if the age maybe has the flavors meld together better but I really did not get any enjoyment out of it when I tried it. I could see Espresso flavor bringing it together though.
  31. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Advocate (555) Indiana Sep 2, 2007

    The standard IRS is one of the few big name imperial stouts (and Stone brews for that matter) that I don't care for fresh. However, after about half a year (give or take) I think it's pretty tasty. I'll definitely snag the espresso version to lay down for a half year+.
  32. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (695) Iowa Aug 7, 2011 Verified

    Ya the regular Stone IRS is just amazing, no anise flavor. Def my favorite RIS.
  33. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Champion (765) Michigan Apr 3, 2006 Verified

    Is this being distributed to Michigan?
  34. atoulouk

    atoulouk Savant (435) Indiana Apr 25, 2011 Verified

    Can't wait to do a small vertical w this, a regular 2013 IRS, and the 2011 Belgo Anise IRS (2 years later I think it will be much better, we'll see)
  35. nlmartin

    nlmartin Advocate (560) Ohio Jul 26, 2005

    Hopefully this is better than the Oak Smoked Old Guardian. I had really high hopes it would be good. Havent posted full review yet but Oak Smoked Guardian was just awful. The acidulated smoke killed the base beer. Anyhow, I love Stones RIS and enjoyed the Belgo Anise version. So maybe, fingers crossed Espresso RIS will hit the mark?
  36. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    Yea, like I said, The people up here have told me it has to do with Nor Cal distributor . Which goes to truckee...most of sacramento. etc. Not sure the whole deal.
  37. founder26

    founder26 Savant (460) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    Yes it is already for sale on the west side of michigan
  38. Benish

    Benish Advocate (665) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2013 Verified

    Disappointing that Stone is not distributed in WI unless someone can tell me they did actually see it in stores.
  39. Sweet Jesus this is awesome news! Not only am I snagging a case of the regular RIS but I will be sure to get at least a few bombers on this! Damn I love coffee beers.

    BTW Stone RIS is bar far the least anise flavored beer I ever had. So balanced even fresh and aged (had a 2008 once) phenomenal.

    Thanks for the heads up I will be on the look out!
  40. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Champion (765) Michigan Apr 3, 2006 Verified

    Thanks! Does it cost more than regular IRS. I remember paying around $8 last year.