Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
This is the IRS you shouldn't be nervous about this spring.
Released right around tax day on April 15, these 22-ounce bottles are heavy on the anise, black currant and coffee aroma while overwhelming the palate with roastiness and alcohol warmth. The Escondido, Calif., brewer has been cranking this out since 2000, but it's still brewed to the tastes of Czarist Russians who found English stouts a little thin for their blood. Oddly, the same Brits from the East India Tea Co. brewed alcohol-heavy Baltic Porters just to endure the cold trips over the Baltic Sea. Maybe, much like the taxman, they didn't feel like sharing.