The next release in Stone Brewing Co.’s Small Batch Series might look a bit familiar to fans.
The Escondido, Calif.-based brewery will be rereleasing Stygian Descent, a 12 percent ABV black IPA brewed with Amarillo, chinook and Simcoe hops before being aged in both bourbon and Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels for five months each. As with the first version of Stygian Descent which was released in Feb. 2014 and was aged only in rye whiskey barrels for six months, the new incarnation uses Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA (8.7 percent ABV) as its base.
The new version of Stygian Descent is being released under Stone’s Small Batch Series, a collection of experimental beers that Stone packages in 500ml bottles. The new beer will be the second addition to the series so far this year, after Bitter Chocolate Oakmeal Bourbon Barrel Stout (11.4 percent ABV) was released in August.
According to the beer label, Stygian Descent was brewed on May 3 and will be bottled in October of this year in 500ml bottles. In an email, Lizzie Younkin, pr manager for Stone, told Tenemu that the IPA will be shipped to retailers across its entire distribution network other than Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont and is scheduled to be released on Nov. 20 in “really limited quantities.”
Update (Sept. 15, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, distribution information and brewing details. It was originally published on Sept. 11, 2016.