Monthly Archives: September 2011

Stone Brewing Company – Highway 78 (Scotch Ale)

  • 8.80% ABV
  • Damn it I know for certain that the world has spun off of its axis. This is my second new Stone and the second Stone I haven’t liked, what the fuck? It is a Scotch Ale and I dont really like the style but Stone has done that before and I have liked them. I dont understand what the hell is going on, it is missing that distinctive stone flavor. Instead it has a kind of muddled almost not sweet – sweet taste. Fuck me, I guess if you like Scotch Ales this is probably really good.
  • – Dont buy

Stone Brewing Company – Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (American Black Ale)

  • 10.80% ABV
  • Well it is REALLY strong, ABV strong. The last Stone I had was a close call, I almost didnt like it but it turned out to be awesome. This one… I dont think there is much chance that I am going to start liking. It is just sooooo strong tasting. Of the chart Imperial strong. Damn it, this makes me sad. Until now Stone has had a perfect record of awesome beers and now the run comes to an end. It is thick and muted tasting, seriously missing that bitter crispness that most Stones have. So sad…
  • – Dont buy again.

Stone Brewing Company – Cherry Chocolate Stout (Milk Stout)

  • 7.30% ABV
  • Number 1 (and this important), do not drink this beer if it is cold. Serious, I tried the first sip and almost started crying. Have I finally tried a bad Stone, is everything I know to be true about the universe wrong? Nope! It just is a very subtle and in my mind a temperature sensitive beer. I think it is the chocolate that needs to be at the right temp for enjoyment, there is a delicious battle going on between the chocolate and the “milk” part. It takes a while to separate them, a task I am more than willing to complete… Oh ya! The cherry, it isnt all up in your face like a Lambic but you cant miss it. It is subtle just like everything else here.
  • + Buy again

Southern Tier Brewing Company – 422 Pale Wheat Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale)

  • 5.80% ABV
  • Meh… I have had 4 Stone IPA’s so this pretty much like drinking a cool glass of water. This isnt a fair review because I for real cant taste it… So I am going to make shit up. It is Ok, not very high IBU wise and it doesnt really have anything interesting going on in a unique taste way. But it isnt horrible. I dunno it isnt the worst beer I have ever had.
  • – Dont buy