Stone Imperial Russian Stout Classic 2011 sneak peek

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(Escondido, CA) – Here is a look at the new artwork.

[3/24 Update: I forget that information is sometimes forgotten (or in an old post that some haven’t seen) so here’s a one-liner about the Belgo version via the Stone blog… “It will be an approximately 50/50 blend of classic Stone Imperial Russian Stout and the Belgo-ized version, with a hint of star anise added during the brewing process.” Release date on that post says April but not sure that’s still the case.]


Stone Imperial Russian Stout is typically released by mid-April of each year but won’t be released this year until May 2nd according to Stone Brewing‘s site. This label is for the classic version and there will also be a Belgo version.

For those looking for a scorecard on the Belgo experiment for the Barleywine (released early this year), ratings are virtually even for the Classic and Belgo versions.

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7 thoughts on “Stone Imperial Russian Stout Classic 2011 sneak peek

  1. I’ve heard the “Odd Beers for Odd Years” release of IRS won’t be a straight “Belgo” version like it was for Old Guardian but something different. Can’t wait to find out what it will be.

  2. The ratings for this particular year may be the same, but if BA was averaging all the year’s ratings (which they should be, the recipe doesn’t change from year to year) then the Belgo version is significantly lower in the ratings (average of A- versus a solid “B” for the Belgo).

  3. @Jeff “It will be an approximately 50/50 blend of classic Stone Imperial Russian Stout and the Belgo-ized version, with a hint of star anise added during the brewing process.” – from Stone blog

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