Stone Brewing Co. may not be releasing Imperial Russian Stout this year, but fans of the beer will have another option.
According to labels filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery will be releasing Mikhail, a 13.9 percent ABV Russian imperial stout brewed with espresso roast coffee sourced from Ryan Brother’s Coffee before being aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for seven months. The new beer uses Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout as its base, a stout that was last released in March 2016 and will not be released in 2017.
Mikhail is being released under Stone’s Small Batch Series, a collection of experimental beers that Stone packages in 500ml bottles that was previously known as the Quingenti Millilitre Series. The new beer will be the third addition to the series so far this year, after Dogfish Head/Victory/Stone Saison Du Buff Aged In Red & White Wine Barrels (9.3 percent ABV) was released in January and the yet to be released Fyodor (13.9 percent ABV) which also uses Stone’s Russian imperial stout as a base sans coffee.
Mikhail will be packaged in 500ml bottles and is expected to be packaged this month. An email sent to the brewery asking for additional information was not immediately returned.