Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) recently announced that it will close out the year by releasing five limited beers from its Small Batch Series.
Firmly believing that the holidays are the perfect time to share some amazing beers with friends and family, the folks at Stone Brewing are breaking out the good stuff this month by releasing five barrel-aged offerings from their Small Batch Series. These offerings include “long-time fan favorites” such as Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA that have been given “new depth, character and complexity, thanks to the attention of Stone’s talented small batch brewers.” This current barrage of Small Batch releases includes the following five beers (descriptions provided by Stone Brewing):
- 2016 Stygian Descent: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels & bourbon barrels – Balanced dark chocolate, oak, dried fruit and citrus tones accent the spicy rye and sweet bourbon barrel notes that complete this masterfully aged transformation. 12% ABV
- Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF aged in Red & White Wine Barrels – 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. 9.3% ABV
- 2016 Xocoveza Charred: Stone Xocoveza mocha stout aged in bourbon barrels – 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. 9.6% ABV
- 2017 Fyodor: 2016 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels – 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. 13.5% ABV
- 2017 Mikhail: 2016 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout aged in bourbon barrels – 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. 13.5% ABV
“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.”
The five beers above are available “throughout the month of December and into the New Year” (while supplies last). You can find these Small Batch offerings available in 500ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and “nearly” throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!