Showing posts with label Stone Brewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stone Brewing. Show all posts

Monday, January 23, 2012

Stone Smoked Porter

No preamble here; gotta get through these notebooks.

Stone Smoked Porter = 8/10

Ratebeer 3.8/5 99th percentile
Beer Advocate 91%

Even the Boy Scouts could not make a campfire that smells this good. Voluminous amounts of ash, campfire, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and Girl Guide aromas are released by the bottle opener. Every sip is like a burnt s'more: bacon, rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cocoa powder. The more you drink, the more you taste. This stuff never ends; the slick, powdery finish talks of a hot chocolate chaser. STELLAR BEER.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content 0 5.9%
Value +1
Appearance +1 (it is always fun to read the silkscreened story on the back)

Other Porter Reviews
Black Boss Porter
Black Death Porter (Russell)
Double Mocha Porter (Rogue)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone)

I like anything wood aged. The wood just gives an added dimension to the flavours: vanilla, tannins and sherry. I would wood age soy milk if the wife would let me.
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale = 9/10
Ratebeer 3.84 99th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

Anyone who has tried an Arrogant Bastard will remember the flavours: grapefruit citrus, resin and toffee. I'm sure many people buy this beer because of the catchy name. The wood aging gives an extra layer of flavours: vanilla, roast, tannins and (obviously) oak. Bready and toffee malts try very hard to keep this hop monster in check. Upfront is quite bitter but not pucking; it is oddly smooth for such a high ABV beer. Every sip leaves a long lingering of astringent citrus notes.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 7.2%
Value +1
Appearance +1 (great looking silk screened bottle - I kept it)

Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout 2009

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Innis and Gunn Canadian Cask 2009

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stone Levitation Ale

Ratebeer 3.52 94th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +5
  • Glorious sweet grapefruit/citrus nose
  • colour is deep amber/red with light tan head
  • very hop assertive with good blast of citrus that fades to reveal a thin and thin lightly toasted bready malt
  • very cooling on tongue like menthol
Aftertaste +2
  • citrus hops leave a light/slick coating on tongue
  • long menthol coolness
Alcohol Content -1 4.4%

This should really be considered a plus

Value +1

Now this is a true session ale.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I really gotta change this category, but I must bump this beer's score up.

Overall 8/10

This is a great low alcohol ale with lots of the hop flavours we all crave.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Saison du Buff

Saison du Buff

This was a collaboration between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head breweries. Their saison was brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Ratebeer 3.65 97th percentile

Taste +4

The nose was unexpected with huge amounts of rosemary, thyme and citrus hops. Parsley doesn't really have a strong smell and the sage probably blended with the spicy wheat/yeast. It was a good saison on its own. The spicy yeast and tart wheat was greatly enhanced by the herbal thyme and rosemary. This was rounded out nicely with a good dose of citrus hops. Overall it had a medium mouthfeel with a good amount of lacing.

Aftertaste +2

There was a long coating of creamy wheat with a slight tart astringency.

Alcohol Content +1 6.8%

I'm sure the alcohol enhanced the spiciness.

Value +1

This was a glorious, bottle conditioned twist on the classic saison.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This was another Seattle hotel room beer.

Overall 9/10

This is great new take on an old saison style. The added herbals and spices made this a great beer. It might not be suitable for the unseasoned beer drinker.

Midas Touch and How far would you drive for cheap booze?
La Moneuse
Ommegang Hennepin

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stone Vertical Epic 9/9/9

Stone Vertical Epic 9/9/9

Ratebeer 3.72 95th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

This is the most complex and tasty beers I have ever tasted. Normally a beer takes up a 1/2 page in my notebook. Stone Epic took up a full page of descriptions.

Taste +5

There is so much going on I must use point form.
Nose: vanilla, roast and wood, bitter chocolate.
Tastes: bitter chocolate,Stoli vanilla vodka, oak, bitter coffee, vague citrus.
The mouth feel was rich, full and oddly creamy

Aftertaste +2

All the flavours mixed together with a nice, long alcohol burn.

Alcohol Content +1 8.9%

The alcohol could be tasted and blended in well.

Value +1

Ingame Enhancement +1

Very few beers knock me on my arse flavour wise and alcohol wise.

Overall 10/10

This is a limited release; if you see it get two or three. If not you will have to wait for 10/10/10.

Palo Santo Marron and Blog Integrity

Rochefort 10 and Believable Privates
Mikkell Beer Geek Weasel

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stone India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale (Stone Brewing)

Ratebeer 4.0 99th percentile
Beer Advocate A

Taste +4

Woah, this one has a huge dry hoppy nose; not floral, more on the citrus/spicy side. The taste is most unexpected; almost a creamy hop bitterness. These hops are piney with grapefruit and vanilla mixed in for good measure. Overall the mouthfeel is almost buttery.

Aftertaste +2

Your whole mouth is left coated with this glorious smooth, citrus hop bitterness.

Alcohol Content +1 6.9%

I'm sure there is ethanol in the flavours somewhere, but the hop hides everything.

Value +1

If I ever see it again, I will buy two.

Ingame Enhancement +1

A glorious interruption to the macro-brew swill that I was drinking all week.

Overall 9/10

One of the best IPA's I have tried. On par with the Green Flash and Dogfish Head 90min IPA.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone)

Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone Brewing)

Ratebeer 3.93 99th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

Taste +3

BAM, as soon as you open the bottle the nose of floral hops, light citrus fruits and alcohol fills the room. This is one complicated beer; huge grapefruit and pine hops, roasted malts and weak coffee. If you can get past the oily bitterness, it is a great beer. Not a smooth drinking beer, its a little stinging.

Aftertaste +2

The bitter hops slips down your gullet, warming and burning all the way down. The residue is a warm coffee and tart malt.
Alcohol Content +1 7.2%

Value +1

This is one of the best ales I have ever tried. Sort of a mix between porter and IPA.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I found this beer in the scuzziest CBAW ever. Their dusty wine selection was stored in a yellow milk crate on the floor. They even sold tequila that came in a glass gun. You could almost see the line from the door to the BUD Light cooler.
Overall 8/10 BOOM HEADSHOT

I have had this beer before and remember it being just as complex. If you like your beers strong, hoppy and complex, then look no further. It has a catchy name also.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stone Imperial Russian Stout Spring 2007 and absolute power..

Meterman: So how is life as an admin?
Flavius: Players know the power I wield! They play differently when I am around.
M: They are giving you space because all the friendly fire you dish out.
F: No Way! It is the fear of being banned.
M: No, it is the fear when you accidentally shoot an alarmed car in expert mode.

Imperial Russian Stout Spring 2007 (Stone Brewing)

Rate Beer 4.22 100th percentile
Beer Advocate A

Taste +4

The nose is just as expected from an imperial stout; coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses and alcohol. To ingest this brew is a little challenging; you must chew it! It feels in the mouth like an espresso infused dark chocolate bar. There is a certain smoothness within this beer; despite the heavy alcohol tingle that travels all over the mouth. I must not forget to mention the roasted malt and black currant flavours.

Aftertaste +1

The roasted malt fades away to leave that mouth coating bitter chocolate. Sadly, the aftertaste is not long enough. It calls you and begs you to drink again.

Alcohol Content +1 10.8%

Ouch! It is hard to taste the booze on this one. Luckily this is a thick, sipping beer. If this one were easy to chug, there would be problems.

Value +1

This is one of the greatest beers I have every tried; I will purchase immediately upon sight.
Ingame Enhancement +1

I had this beer after riding the California Screaming roller coaster with my father. There is a certain satisfaction in hearing your father scream like a little girl.

Overall 8/10 BOOM HEADSHOT

This is a sinfully delicious beer. Anyone who is a fan of the thick stout style will love it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stone Bitter Oatmeal Stout and Failure

Flavius: I didn't get the Tim Hortons job.
Meterman: Shocking. Lets try to improve your interview questions.
M:"What was you last employer's opinion of you?"
F:Very low, his last words to me were, "I never want to see your ugly face again."
M:"What do you see as most attractive about the job?"
F: The lack of responsibility, subervision and little accountability.
M:"What are your long term goals"
F: Try to reduce my number of court appearances.
M: I find it hard to believe you are unemployed.

Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (12th Anniversary) by Stone Brewing 3.85 97th Percentile A-

This was an impulse buy at a Whole Foods in Las Vegas. I am truly a sucker for oatmeal stouts and cool looking bottles.

Taste +4

Ouch, this is a full-on oatmeal stout; sharp bitter chocolate and coffee/espresso flavours hit you right away. The nose is of burnt toast and ethanol. It feels almost as thick as oatmeal when you drink it.

Aftertaste +2

Very impressive finish; once the bitter chocolate and coffee fades you can pick up hints of raisins, vanilla and so many more.

Alcohol +1 9.2%

You can sure taste it on this one. The flavour seems right at home with this strong tasting beer.

Value 0

If you factor in airfare, Whole Paycheck markup and travel time this gets to be one expensive beer.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This night was the monthly Clan ARC PS3 Gran Turismo and beers night (a.k.a drinking and driving). It was also a plus because Meterman didn't wake up nauseatingly hung over.


This review is a little bit biased, stouts are my favourite beer. This one certainly made into the top five.