While the other (more conventional? less acerbic?) breweries release light and citrusy beers for spring and summer around this time, Stone Brewing’s darkest and richest regular-production beers gets unleashed: The Imperial Russian Stout.
April 16th is a day to celebrate finishing your taxes (and Emancipation Day), and this year you can do it with the 2012 release of the rich and heavy brew. Made in the style of 18th century English stouts that were exported to the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Stone’s version pours motor-oil thick with rich flavors of coffee and dark cocoa. The Stone blog excerpts an interesting passage from their book, The Art and Craft of Stone Brewing Co, about the difficulties they had bringing the beer to market:
We were given two options: either label it simply as Stone Imperial Stout or complicate matters by calling it Stone Imperial Russian-Style Stout. However, Greg is a stickler about words and accuracy, especially in regard to anything having to do with our beer, so he wasn’t going to let this die.
Regardless of what the beer is called, it is one of Stone’s once-a-year releases that you really shouldn’t miss. Keep your eyes out for bottles and taps around town starting this week, and grab an extra bottle for your cellar as this is one beer that just gets better with age.
- Source: From Russia with Love? | Stone Imperial Russian Stout
- Image via StoneBrew.com