Ok, first off some background here. I am a researcher and an explorer, when it comes to really, good, beer. I speak to brewery sales representatives, wholesale distributor reps., and of course the retail guy. I ask them what is coming out, how much is being allocated, and what it's going to cost me per bottle and per case. With that said, when I start spouting off with something to the effect of "go here" or "found several bottles left", its usually because I picked some up and I want others to share in it.
Another thing that I have to come out and say is, I am not into hoarding. My thought is this, if you go into one store, and ask how many cases they have of said product, do the math in your head and a realistic number is around 10 - 25 percent (roughly 1 case for every 4 cases). If you walk out with only 3 bottles oh well, you can always try another location.
Now with the subject at hand, Stone Imperial Russian Stout. IRS, is according to the write up on Stone's website,
"Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can - and fewer dare to even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia's demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!
First Release July 2002
Alc./Vol. 10.8%, 90+ IBUs
Early Summer in 22oz bottles, and limited draft."
(source, Stone Brewing Co. http://www.stonebrew.com/irs/)
I can currently vouch for this beer as do several visitors to both Ratebeer.com & Beer Advocate.com, in regards to its worthiness, cellar'ing strength, and above all, its cost to quality ratio. Currently in Washington state this is scheduled to be offered approximately $6.99 a bottle or roughly $84 dollars per case. When you compare that with previous Imperial Stouts released in the 2008, that is approximately $2 dollars cheaper than Deschute's The Abyss and $2 dollars cheaper than Full Sail's Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter (say that three times with a glass of it in your mouth). Look for this approximately at the end of next week (March 21st) or closely there after.
Well, that is all I got for now guys, I will try and update this as well as Rate Beer and Beer Advocate with information on where to find this, till then, good luck and happy hunting.
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