Continuing a series that was started in 2011, Stone Brewing Co. will be releasing a different version of its imperial Russian stout this year.
The new incarnation, named Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout, comes in at 11 percent ABV and incorporates cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, black pepper and black tea into the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery’s Russian imperial stout.
CHAI-SPICED Russian Imperial Stout is part of the brewery’s “Odd Beers for Odd Years” series, which was started in 2011 and features new variations of both Old Guardian Barley Wine and Imperial Russian Stout released in tandem with the classic versions every odd numbered year. Past incarnations have included Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine and Belgo Imperial Russian Stout in 2011 and Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine and ESPRESSO Imperial Russian in 2013. Old Guardian Extra Hoppy Barley Wine has already been announced as the partner beer for 2015.
A label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has more information:
As it stands, the classic version of Stone Imperial Russian Stout is deep, dark, rich, roasty and perhaps even a bit sinful. The ‘Odd Beers for Odd Years’ part of the journey means the coming of each odd-numbered year provides the opportunity to take this traditional beer to new and mysterious places, embarking on an exploratory odyssey enabled by strikingly flavorful elements applied to a lovely onyx canvas. This beer, the latest ‘Odd’ transubstantiation, takes inspiration straight from the spice aisle, incorporating array of ingredients assembled to emulate the flavors of authentic chai tea. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, a dash of black pepper and a dose of black tea combine with Stone Imperial Russian Stout’s incumbent flavors to take it deep into exotic, previously unfathomed territory. Expect a touch of earthiness in combination with a warm, tantalizing aridness. As a one-time brew with enduring character, Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout is crafted to be contemplated fresh or cellared under proper conditions for many years so that it may live on not only in one’s memory, but on his or her taste buds as well.
The label indicates that CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and released sometime this year. Stone did not respond to an email for more details.