The Genesee brewing team announced the launch of a new line of premium beers, starting with the release of an Imperial Stout. The Genesee Brewers Series will feature premium beers released twice annually in limited quantities, it says. Each beer style will be handpicked by the Genesee brewing team; selecting styles that they enjoy drinking and don’t often make in the larger brewery, it adds.

“We wanted to create something big and bold for the colder months, and an imperial stout is one of my personal favorites,” said Matt James, Genesee brewmaster, in a statement. “This beer really showcases what we can do. It’s a high-quality beer made with the best ingredients. We’re very proud of it. And this is just the beginning. We are already working to create the next Brewers Series beer for Genesee fans to enjoy this spring.”

According to James, a lot of care went into creating the first beer in the series. The brewing team took several weeks to develop the recipe and spent another two months fine tuning the beer and testing it in small batches.

The result is an Imperial Stout that consists of a combination of high-quality pale, chocolate, black and caramel malts along with cacao nibs to create a bittersweet flavor and notes of chocolate, the company says. Fermented with historical Genesee Ale yeast, this combination of ingredients creates an approachable, yet bold, rich, and flavorful aromatic brew. The stout has a rich, dark chocolate color and sits at 8% ABV, it notes.

The Genesee Brewers Series Imperial Stout is a limited-release beer available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.