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Stone Brewing Company Old Guardian 2009 (365 Day 345)

Friday, November 11th, 2011
stone brewing company old guardian

Stone Old Guardian

I called off the usual Thursday night get together at my house because I wasn’t in that great of a mood. I did this right around lunch time. As the day wore on, I realized that I needed an American craft beer or three and would appreciate shooting the shit with someone. I immediately got in touch with Rich and he was game. It had been a couple of weeks since we got together anyway so most of conversation centered around what we had been appreciating in the American craft beer world and what we would like to do in the short term going forward. We only had a couple of beers as Rich has a lot of driving to do and I had had a long day.

Since I will be brewing an American barleywine this weekend, I have been focusing on that style this week. I thought I was done yesterday but out of the cellar bubbled Old Guardian 2009 by Stone Brewing Company to become beer number 345.

Old Guardian has huge toffee and caramel notes with touches of fruits. Alcohol can be found but is minimal. I thought this was a good barleywine but there was something in the aroma that I can’t put my finger on that didn’t completely agree with me. I couldn’t come to a conclusion if this beer would be better fresh or with a bit more legs on it. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.8

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Stone Brewing Company Highway 78 Scotch Ale (365 Day 337)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
stone brewing company highway 78 scotch ale

Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale

Collaboration beers. This seems to be one of the hot topics in American craft beer over the past few years, continuing to gain momentum. I don’t even know if it has hit it’s ceiling yet. It seems, at least on the surface, that some of the brewers I have talked to are stoked about doing these collaborations. It seems to help a small brewery when they hook up with a larger craft brewer and/or one that has a good reputation. I can see their reason for excitement.

My level of excitement, as a consumer, is limited at best. I haven’t had to many collaboration beers that have made the senses happy. There has been one exception: the couple that have involved Stone Brewing Company.

Highway 78 Scotch Ale is the second of the collaboration beers I have had from Stone. I have to say I was impressed. At 8.8% this isn’t a light beer but it is damn tasty and easy to drink. At this point Highway 78 is my favorite collaboration beer my taste buds have had the pleasure to savor. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 10 (35%), Overall: 9.1

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Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout (365 Day 329)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

After enjoying Stone Smoked Porter for American craft beer number 328 yesterday, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to check out another Stone Brewing Company beer for number 329.

A bottle of Imperial Russian Stout from 2009 was beckoning. Earlier this year I had a 2010 bottle that I split with Chuck. The 2009 bottle proved to me that the 2010 bottle should have been aged another year before partaking.

By comparison the 2009 bottle had lost a lot of residual sugars becoming drier. The molasses and cloying nature of the 2010 version was gone, creating an easier beer to drink, raising my level of appreciation. The smokiness that I picked up in the 2010 vintage seemed to turn more to an ashy flavor that came late in the taste. That would be the only change that I didn’t really care for in the older vintage. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.4

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Stone Brewing Company Smoked Porter (365 Day 328)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
stone brewing company smoked porter

Stone Smoked Porter

Fifteen years doesn’t seem like a long run but in the American craft beer industry it makes you one of the older citizens. Not a senior citizen but near retirement age. Stone Brewing Company is the American craft brewery that I speak of. Stone has long been thought of one of the better American craft brewers. Such a horrible label to have to live with. 😉

Before they distributed beer to Illinois, there were regular voyages to the east as Indiana was the promised land for Stone beers. By the time Stone made it local, I was looking for other American craft beer that wasn’t easily attainable. Isn’t that part of the fun within the hobby?

I haven’t forgot about them completely as beer number 328, Smoked Porter, came up from the sitting in the cellar a good two years. I think the smoke has mellowed which, for me, is a good thing. I am not a big fan of the smoke. The combination of flavors/aromas and age have pushed this beer to about as close as I can see myself to getting to really liking a smoked beer. Nary a drop from the bomber was wasted so that should be credibility enough. If you like smoked beers, I think this one would be right up your alley. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.9

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Stone Brewing Company El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale (365 Day 125)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Stone El Camino

I didn’t do a review of my latest beer as I was pissed off coming home from the doctor. No bad news. I just had to waste an hour of my life waiting for the doctor which ended in about a four minute consultation. Why can’t I charge him for my time?

By the time I got home it was getting on the later side of things, for me, as I like to have my beer for the evening before 8:00pm. No such luck.

I have a few bottles of Stone Brewing Company beers in the cellar, so I figured it was time to crack into that group. El Camino is what I ended up pulling out. It is a collaboration between Stone, Firestone Walker, and 21st Amendment. Three really good breweries with Firestone Walker leading the pack in that group.

I don’t know what I was in the mood for but El Camino didn’t scratch the itch. Dark, roasted, with some hops on top (as was expected) but the combination just didn’t seem to pull together as perfectly as most of these brewers’ beers. I would probably have rated in the mid-seven range. Enjoy!

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Stone Bash At Bavarian Lodge

Friday, March 12th, 2010

stone brewing vertical epic '08 label

There have been rumors for quite sometime that Stone Brewing Company would be distributing its’ wears to good old Illinois. The release date was pushed back a few times but now it seems to be for certain and set in stone. In order to kick off the event, the Bavarian Lodge is throwing a launch party on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. match supreme prem The party will include a meet and greet with Greg Koch around 3:00 PM.

More from their newsletter:

We’re incredibly excited to help welcome Stone Brewing to Chicago. We’ll be hosting a special Stone Release Party with no less than EIGHT of Stone’s finest brews on tap, including a few from deep within the brewery’s cellars. The bash will culminate in a Meet & Greet with Stone Brewing Co. CEO and Co-Founder, Greg Koch! We’ll be opening early to celebrate the release of Stone’s fine line of beers in Chicagoland.

Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Levitation Ale
Plus Rare Stone Brewing Co. Selections in Bottles!

Now this is more like it. An awesome launch party in my own backyard. Enjoy!

Three New Beers Reviewed

Friday, January 29th, 2010

new glarus brewing company raspberry tart

Last night was Thursday, so Rich and I got together for our weekly (at least we try) beer tasting and reviews of American craft beer. We had a total of four beers but one of them, Raspberry Tart by New Glarus, I had already had. So this will be a discussion of the other three. 🙂

Iron Horse IPA by Mt. Pleasant Brewing was the first beer of the night. free run 4.0 v2 femmes We split a 12 ounce bottle with my pour being very cloudy due to the yeast trub from the bottom of the bottle. Foam was nothing great. Citrus and pine hops are there but not pronounced in either aroma or taste. There is a caramel sweetness to balance. Bitterness and spice are parts of the late mout both lingering into the aftertaste. Medium body and light carbonation seem to fit. A slightly above average IPA that is easily sessionable. 6/10

The Round Barn has been making wine for a long time in the South-West corner of Michigan but their entry into the American craft beer scene is relatively new. I had heard that the old brewer from Founders is helping them get their sea legs. Cocoa Stout was the flavor I choose from several others. Sweet lactose, chocolate, coffee, roasted, oat, and bitterness all play varying rolls to the senses. This is a quality stout that can feel mildly watery in the mouth at times, giving me only major concern in this otherwise well rounded brew. 7/10

Last beer of the evening: Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone. The price point on this beer is outstanding: $4.99 for a bomber (22 ounces). The hop profile that I was expecting and heard about just wasn’t there. free run 4.0 v3 I think I purchased this bottle this past summer and who knows how old it was before that. With that off my chest, I still liked the beer but I don’t think to the complete extent I would a fresh bottle as the bitterness seemed so unbalanced. Until I get a fresh one, my current rating will have to suffice. 7/10

It looks like I will be at Half Acre tomorrow for their weekly tour and then Stockholm’s on Sunday with Rich. Enjoy!

Reviewed: Double Bastard Ale and Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

tyranena brewing company sheep shagger scotch ale

Last night was a good night as I was fortunate enough to taste and review two good American craft beers: Double Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company and Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale by Tyranena Brewing Company.

An American Strong Ale, air jordan 12 femmes Double Bastard Ale is a big beer that has an over the top amount of alcohol that isn’t hidden all that well in the taste; which is my only complaint. Otherwise a big pine hop presence is countered by a sweet and bread malt bill. I like Stone beers and will continue to try more flavors. 8/10

Sheep Shagger is a Scottish heavy, which has to be one of my favorite styles of beer. This is no slouch itself as the peat smoke and sweet toffee are turned on extra high a fit the beer well. I could enjoy several of these at a time and over a long period of time. 🙂 8/10

Why is it that our vices are so much fun? Enjoy!

American Craft Beer Goodness At TNBC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Stone, Ken Schmidt, Maui Macadamia, Coffee, Coconut Porter

Stone, Ken Schmidt, Maui Macadamia, Coffee, Coconut Porter

My first appearance at the Tuesday Night Beer Club was well worth the wait. Ed, Mark, Shawn, Mace, Mike, and myself were the participants. It was held at Mark’s house but Mike, his brother, was the official host as he doesn’t have the room at his place to hold everyone.

Dinner, as long as it is under $20, is provided by the host any additional costs is shared by the other attendees. Last night we had some good beef sandwiches with macaroni and cheese, and some fried mushrooms from Browns. Never have gone there but I will have to try them in the future.

Beer reviews, consumption, and opening begins with the host deciding on a beer from the 25 or so 12 oz. and 22 oz. bombers that were sitting on the table. free run 6 femmes I didn’t keep track of all the beers we drank, but here goes some thoughts on each that I did.

More important than all the beer was the good time talking to everyone about beer, the Bears, and anything that popped into our heads. I look forward to the next round at my house. Enjoy!

Four Beer Review Evening

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It has been so hectic lately that I haven’t been able to sit, enjoy, and review more than a beer in one evening. Last night afforded me four fold. The list of American craft beer participants:

O'so Brewing Companies Hopdinger an enjoyable APA with a real balanced hop presence.

O'so Brewing Companies Hopdinger an enjoyable APA with a real balanced hop presence.

Ouisconsing Red Ale by Central Waters Brewing Company is an American Amber Ale that poured a clear, dark gold hue with a good, white head, nice retention and lacing. The aroma is has big sweet malt backbone with a pleasant floral hop aroma setting up a taste that includes bread and even lemon grass elements. roshe run hyp femmes A really good beer that you could session and something that I would enjoy having again. Central Waters Brewing Company makes some really nice beers and if you can find them (only in Wisconsin that I know of) treat yourself to a couple of their flavors. You won’t be disappointed.

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company is an American Strong Ale that has been aged with oak wood chips. A complex beer that looks good in the glass from the get go. A nice frothy, tan foam that has good retention and beautiful spider web lacing on the glass. The aroma and taste both bring lots of malt (molasses, earth), hops (nice citrus and floral blend) and a slight bit of strangeness that compliment each other throughout. A unique beer that, maybe a little over priced, is worth the taste.

OAKED Arrogan Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company another fine example of their beers.

OAKED Arrogan Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company another fine example of their beers.

Leinenkugel’s Classic Amber Lager by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is a macro brew pretending to be a micro brew that is an American amber lager. Spicy hop notes sort of stuck out in my mind more than anything else in this beer. It is an easy drinker but the spice detracts from how much of it you want. Not a bad beer just something I wouldn’t want all that often.

Hopdinger by O’so Brewing Company is an American pale ale. Pours as you would expect: big frothy head, good retention, and some quality lacing. Nice combination of floral and citrus hops on the nose that put your nose in a higher place. Awesome. This beautiful combo isn’t as prevalent on the palate but noticeable. The only real drawback to an otherwise great beer. A touch of earthiness to the finish. A twist on APAs that is nicely done and enjoyed. O’so isn’t easy for me to get but every chance I do, I try. They are another small brewery in Wisconsin that I have to travel to get and, then, I am not even assured to get any. 🙁

A good night of tasting in which I would rank the beers as follows: Hopdinger, OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale, Ouisconsing Red Ale, and Leinenkugel’s Classic Amber Lager. I can’t wait for tomorrow: Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest. Enjoy!

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