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Stone Espresso IRS

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

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  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    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.
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  2. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Damn baristas and your snobbiness. :D
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  3. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    A local bottle shop of mine still has a couple of bottles...for 12.99 a piece lol.
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  4. bigedct

    bigedct Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    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.
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  5. bigedct

    bigedct Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    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. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    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. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    most of the time they grind the coffee and steep it
  8. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    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 Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    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 Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    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 Jul 12, 2009 Minnesota

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

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I'll be looking for this alongside Parabola next week.
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  13. pixieskid

    pixieskid Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    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.
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  14. pixieskid

    pixieskid Jun 4, 2009 Germany

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

    MetalMountainMastiff Oct 1, 2012 California
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    do you usually get stone IRS? it doesn't even come to nor cal....damn distributors.
  16. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

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

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    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 Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    ERMERGERD Stone Espreeso Impearlial Russian Stoot! yum
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  19. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    only 6 more days....:)
  20. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Where are you in Nor Cal? IRS is all over the bay.
  21. ChanChan

    ChanChan Dec 12, 2009 California
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    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.
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  22. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Oct 1, 2012 California
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    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. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    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 Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Ah I gotcha. Gotta love distributor drama.
  25. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Aug 30, 2012 California

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

    MisSigsFan Mar 2, 2013 California
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    Stoked on this and the regular IRS as well. I bet the Espresso one will be incredible though.
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  27. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Feb 13, 2011 California

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

    Devi0us May 3, 2011 California

    Maybe it just doesn't show up in Truckee, it hits ghetto ass Stockton Bevmo every year...
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  29. schnarr84

    schnarr84 Nov 27, 2011 Alberta (Canada)

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  30. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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 Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    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 Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    Ya the regular Stone IRS is just amazing, no anise flavor. Def my favorite RIS.
  33. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
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    Is this being distributed to Michigan?
  34. atoulouk

    atoulouk Apr 25, 2011 Indiana
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    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 Jul 26, 2005 Ohio

    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 Oct 1, 2012 California
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    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 Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

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

    Benish Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Disappointing that Stone is not distributed in WI unless someone can tell me they did actually see it in stores.
  39. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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 Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
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    Thanks! Does it cost more than regular IRS. I remember paying around $8 last year.
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