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Jul 31, 2012 08:08 AM

ISO top-rated Russian Imperial Stout in northern DE

My first thought is Total Wine in Claymont, but I'm wondering if there might be other stores that specialize in craft beers that might be likely to carry some of the top-rated Russian Imperial Stouts. I bought a really fine RIS made by the Stone Brewing Company at Total Wine a couple of months back. I'd really love to find one of Three Floyds products or Kate the Great from the Portsmouth Brewery. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. State Line Liquors near the DE/MD in Elkton, MD might be a good one to check. They have an entire aisle and then some dedicated to less common beers.

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      Thanks! I just phoned them and learned quite a bit about availability (or, I should say, UNavailability) of the specific ones I was hoping to find, which apparently have a cult-like following. State Line Liquors seem to carry about the same IRSs as Total Wine does.

      1. re: CindyJ

        Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure the flagship RIS's from both Portsmouth Brewery (Kate) and Three Floyds (Dark Lord) are available only at the brewery, and they usually sell out in one day.

        Also, Portsmouth Brewery to my knowledge doesn't have a distributor at least outside of N.H. (which their website seems to confirm), and Three Floyds distribution doesn't seem to come close to Delaware either, according to RateBeer: California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin . . . and Denmark (go figure).

        1. re: c.w.

          Do you know how the RIS from Victory stands up to the competition? I like that it's local, but that doesn't make it great.

          1. re: CindyJ

            If you mean Victory's Storm King Imperial Stout, it is not one I tend to drink. More hoppy than I like in an imperial, which I don't find appealing. Although neither is local, I tend to prefer Stone (which you mentioned) or Samuel Smith.