Stone Old Guardian, Imperial Russian Stout get belgo-fied next year

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(Escondido, CA) – Changes are coming to two of Stone Brewing‘s special releases.


The feedback on the move is weighted towards the positive on Facebook and weighted towards the negative on Beer Advocate. Because the reaction is so mixed, I’ve created a poll on the right to see what you readers want them to do.

From yesterday’s brewery blog post:

Starting in 2011, we’re kicking-off a program we’ve dubbed “Odd Beers for Odd Years.” Translation: in odd numbered years (2011, 2013, 2015, etc…) we’ll be releasing new variations on Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Stone Imperial Russian Stout in place of the classic version. A radical redirection for two reliably wonderful beers, we know, but we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Hell, we are.

The first Odd Beer for Odd Years release will be rocking your collective world in the form of Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine, which hits shelves in February.

The brewery will introduce Stone Belgo Imperial Russian Stout in April.

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15 thoughts on “Stone Old Guardian, Imperial Russian Stout get belgo-fied next year

  1. i don’t like any of the 4 options to vote. i like the idea of the new beers, but not at the expense of the classics. why not brew both (in the same year)? this way, we can try the belgo versions, which i think could be great, but don’t have to wait til 2012 for the regulars.

  2. Even though I don’t care for the current trend of belgifying everything (Hey I made up a word), I don’t see what the big deal is. If you don’t like it just stock up on the regular during even years. Both beers cellar well.

  3. Wow I’ll be sure to pass, sounds horrible. All those hops with a Belgian yeast strain…yuck!

  4. So regular Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Stone Imperial Russian Stout will not be available at all during the odd years? Not a huge fan of that idea.

  5. I think it’s a great idea. I’m more interested in the stout, but will try both. Have faith, brothers! Mitch and Greg know that they’re doing.

  6. I’m a huge fan of RIS’s(Dark Lord, The Abyss), and I consider Stones’ RIS to be one of the best out on the market that isn’t nearly as impossible to find as some of the most coveted ones. I like the idea of experimentation, but only if the originals are still released, not “morphed” into these new beers, and the fact now that they won’t be out every year … that changes everything.

    I am disapointed over this news, and hopefully others are too, enough to show Stone to leave them be.

  7. their belgian yeast blows, i wish they did not like it so much because now it is influencing their entire brewery. boooooo

  8. Good point. I think that would have been the runaway favorite (why not brew it allll Stone!) but not sure how realistic that is on their system. It could be.

  9. Their “belgo” (hate that term) barley wine was my favorite beer i tried during their “total tap takeover”.
    I for one am VERY glad I can now get these to put in my cellar!

  10. Always interested in trying new things. Those two are a couple of great offerings from Stone, so they must be pretty confident in their results. I do think it’s funny how Stone has been on this “Belgian” kick lately.

  11. Bottom line, Stone is one of the best breweries in the world. If any of you second guess a decision made by them, you should second guess yourself. Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale was birthed out of experimentation like this, and I’m pretty convinced it’s the best beer I have ever had. Props to Stone who keep’s it real every time, I straight love this posting. BEERNEWS IS THE SHIT.

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