Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death

Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death

An imperial tribute to Richmond & the rise of craft beer independence

Imperial Stout
Ardent Craft Ales, Richmond, VA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA
His Excellency, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Governor
Stone Brewing, Richmond, VA

Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and “His Excellency,” Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial stout, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

A stout brewed with raspberries & blackberries from the commonwealth of VA

About This Beer

Release Date
December 12, 2016
Package Types
22oz bottles & draft
Featured Hops
When to Enjoy
Drink fresh or age at cellar temperature

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark brown with a brown head of foam.
Roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by berries with hints of black walnuts.
It starts with a bit of sweetness from the blackberries and raspberries to accompany the roasted malts. The berries come through more in the middle with a bit of fruit tartness. The finish is roasted malt with an assertive bitterness.
This is a complex, full bodied beer with a nice compliment of fruit, malt and hops. It has enough sweetness and a hint of tart fruitiness to balance out the hops.
Team Stone, along with Hardywood Park and Ardent Craft Ales, wanted to make a hop forward stout with local malts and fruit. Raspberries and blackberries were chosen because of how well they complement the roasted, chocolate and nutty characters of the malts. Belma hops were chosen because of the berry and citrus character they add when used late in the brewing process. We are super stoked to be part of the Richmond brewing scene and we’ve made a fantastic beer with our brewing friends in RVA and His Excellency the Governor of Virginia!