Beer 220/365 – Stone Levitation Ale

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its a little over par for what Stone is capable of IMO.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe, but I would say probably not as it doesn’t offer something different.

Grade: B

6/16/2010: Stone is well known for using a boatload of hops in most of their beers, and they live up to their reputation with this beer. Well as far as the style is concerned that is. Regarding the style, I actually didn’t know where it fell in before I drank it. This actually almost feels like a lighter bodied hoppy brown ale to me.

Anyways, Levitation Ale smells hoppy and sweet. The taste is not nearly as forward as the smell. There is a good bit of hops going on, and there is this “toasted” flavor that I can’t put my finger on. Its the type of flavor I normally would associate with a brown ale. The beer finishes VERY dry. Maybe my palette is blown out from all these strongly flavored beers I have been drinking lately, but this one did not do a whole lot for me.

Picture of the day: The 20 worst names ever.

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 11:21 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 194/365 – Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the harder to find beers I have yet to try, not as chocolaty as I expected.

Will I be drinking this again: I do have a couple bottles left, so unless one of you wants to trade for one then I will probably end up drinking it haha

Grade: B+

5/21/2010: I could not believe my eyes when I saw this on the shelves at Vintage Estate last week. This has only been brewed once in 2008, and there was about a dozen bottles sitting in his cooler. It was one of those moments when I literally had to shake the cob webs out to make sure I was seeing things correctly. I ended up only buying 6, and they actually sold out before I even left the store. Didn’t wanna be a bottle hog!

The bitter chocolate oatmeal stout didn’t smell very chocolaty. Well a little but not as much as I expected. The taste was more oatmeal than chocolate, but a faint cocoa powder taste was there. Anytime I see chocolate in the name of beer I expect it to blow me away with some Hershey syrup type flavor. But I am learning most “chocolate” beers do not deliver in that department, unless its Southern Tier Choklat. Anyways to me it tastes like a lighter Stone RIS, but a little “nail polish” type kick. The alcohol wasn’t hidden all that well, especially for an aged beer. It gets a B+ in my book for its similarities to the Stone RIS, just creamier with a bit more chocolate flavor (but lacks alcohol stealthiness).

Picture of the day: How lost should have ended.

Beer 171/365 – Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: 3 Sons Dogs N Suds – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: A nice punch of alcohol and chocolate, but perfect balance

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/28/2010: Imperial Stouts are my favorite style, so its I am a little bit pissed at myself for not trying this a bit earlier in life. This also is going to be one of my last “ageable” beers I will be drinking for awhile. I recently organized the pile off beer I had sitting on my dining room table into beers that can and cannot be aged. Turns out I have about 40 non-ageable (sp?) beers in the stash, so I am going to try and power through those ASAP.

This smells like your typical RIS with a bit more chocolate. The beer pours out super thick and dark as night. The taste is almost perfect. Its a dark malt bomb with chocolate leading the way, and that slight alcohol punch you associate with a Russian Imperial. A little bit of hop bite makes an appearance also. Personally I like when a stout punches you in the tongue with some alcohol, but just enough to let you know its the boss. This bottle was fresh, so I could imagine with maybe a year of age this would be a A+.

Picture of the day: This cat is pretty sneaky.

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 111/365 – Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard

Style: American Strong Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Oakey hops

Will I be drinking this again: Probably, but depends what else is in my fridge at the time.

Grade: B+

2/27/2010: I remember my first experience with Arrogant Bastard was not a good one. Granted this was about 5-6 years ago when I thought all beer was supposed to be drank out of a bottle, and they are all supposed to be taken down via big swigs. Also at the time I hated anything hoppy so obviously arrogant bastard was a bad choice. Well thats in the past and I am going to give it another try, except oaked. Oh and how about I found this snifter for 26 cents at a thrift shop, sweet!

Right away you smell the oak from the Arrogant Bastard. A nice hop aroma also. Aggressive hops lead the way for taste, with some caramely sugar taste, then a big hit of alcohol, finished off with a nice oak flavor. The taste is very good and very original, but the alcohol is way to prevalent. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good strong beer, but this one tasted WAY stronger than 7.2%. I do realize ASA’s are supposed to taste strong, but this one taste’s much strong than the average. Mouthfeel is good, silky, very nice carbonation. Overally a pretty solid beer with a great taste, just needs better stealth alcohol ninja skills.

Picture of the day: A few misguided Yahoo Answers.

Published in: on February 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 50 – Stone Smoked Porter

Style: American Porter

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: As the name suggests, smoked flavor

Will I be drinking this again: What was I doin again?

Grade: A-

12/28/2009: Dude, this beer is totally awesome.. Just look at the name bro! Smoked Stone man! I think I see some dragon looking dude with wings. Okay its late and I am lacking any type of comic relief so excuse me for the weak attempt at the funniez.

So this beer actually had a “drink by date” of 12/16/2009, but I doubt a couple weeks had any major impact on the flavor. I love any type of smoked beer, and this one did not disappoint. Not nearly as heavy as it looks, and not nearly as smokey as you would expect it to be. It actually is a very easy drink and has just enough of a smoked flavor without screaming “HEYYY LOOK AT ME I’M A BEER THATS SMOKEDDDD!!!1!~!.” Usually takes me a good while to finish a dark beer this size but it went down super easy.

Whats your favorite smoked beer? Post in the comments section below!

Published in: on December 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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