Stone Brewing is putting out its Stone Imperial Stout. And alongside this, they recently introduced the beer’s distilled companion, Stone Imperial Stout Whiskey from Foundry Distilling Company.
Stone Imperial Stout was first brewed 22 years ago, and this batch will clock in at 10.5% ABV and features flavors of dark chocolate and heavy roast with hints of coffee, black currant, juniper berry, and molasses on the finish.
“I’ve been brewing at Stone for nearly 20 years and Stone Imperial Stout is, hands-down, one of our greatest beers,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior manager of Brewing & Innovation. “It’s such a perfect balance of flavors. I wasn’t surprised when our fans voted this one into our 2022 Fan Favorites Series. I was right there with them hoping to enjoy it again.”
And for something a bit stronger, Stone Imperial Stout Whiskey is a new interpretation of the celebrated beer. In this expression, the wort of Stone Imperial Stout (liquid resulting from the first stage of the brewing process), was distilled and aged in charred oak barrels, creating the distillery’s first whiskey made of an Imperial stout.
The stout whiskey is bottled at cask strength, clocking in at 127 proof. It’s golden amber in color and has an aroma of burnt sugar and espresso with vanilla and cedar. The distiller’s notes show the whiskey has flavors of smooth milk chocolate, and hazelnut with a finish revealing oak and stone fruit notes.
Foundry Distiller and Production Manager Brian Kuhn said this is one of the best whiskeys they’ve made to date, “In fact, it is one of the best whiskies I have ever tasted. It’s a master class in subtlety and nuance, with a new flavor note seeming to appear on every sip.”
This beer and its whiskey are limited-time offerings, with Stone Imperial Stout available nationwide in 12 oz. six-pack cans and draft. Its whiskey counterpart is available only at Foundry’s Iowa distillery and select stores throughout Southern California.