The 2017 year of beer culminates this December when Stone Brewing releases a bounty of barrel-aged beers. Long-time fan favorites, including Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA, return with new depth, character and complexity, thanks to the attention of Stone’s talented small batch brewers – the wild and crazy denizens of the Stone Mission Warehouse.
“I love experiencing how our brewers can transform a beer that I know so well into something completely new,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “They’ve taken painstaking efforts to procure the best barrels and have taken immaculate care of these rarities, some aging for almost a full year. The outcome will, no doubt, amaze whether you choose to drink them now or cellar them.”
2016 Stygian Descent: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels & bourbon barrels – 12% ABV – Balanced dark chocolate, oak, dried fruit and citrus tones accent the spicy rye and sweet bourbon barrel notes that complete this masterfully aged transformation.
Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF aged in Red & White Wine Barrels – 9.3% ABV – Cherry and tropical fruit-like flavors and aromatics come from the addition of three strains of Brettanomyces. Oak notes and tannin add body and mouthfeel. While herbal components of the beer are toned down after extensive barrel aging, the aftertaste offers a classic funk complexity.
2016 Xocoveza Charred: Stone Xocoveza mocha stout aged in bourbon barrels – 9.6% ABV – Time spent in bourbon barrels gave the base stout beer additional layers of caramel-like and vanilla flavors. Charred oak and toffee engulfs the palate on the first sip. Combined with fresh spices, lingering pasilla pepper and soft oak flavors persist through an exceptionally long finish in this intensely rich and satisfying beer.
2017 Fyodor: 2016 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels – 13.5% – This beer boasts rich coffee alongside bitter and milk chocolate flavors. Dark charred oak, rich vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrels elevate and further enhance the ultra-intense taste of the original beer.
2017 Mikhail: 2016 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels – 13.5% ABV – Coffee flavors abound. Rich caramel and vanilla flavors from the bourbon barrel aging add layers of complexity, a touch of sweetness and a vibrant dark fruit finish.
There’s a short window of time to acquire these master works. Luckily, it’s a window of time with plenty of excuses to share great beer among family and friends. The 2017 Small Batch Releases will be in stores throughout the month of December and into the New Year, available nearly nationwide. Filter by “Stone Small Batch Releases” on the Stone Brewing Beer Finder. All beers, packaged in 500ml bottles, can be enjoyed fresh or cellared for future occasions.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing…and pledging never, ever, to sell out to the man.