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Stone Mixtape Vol. 01 - GK & LUís Blend

Stone Mixtape Vol. 01 - GK & LUís Blend
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
This beer is a new blend that Greg put together with Stoneís Small Batch Brewer, Laura Ulrich. Itís a mixture of Stone Levitation Ale, Stone LeVariation Ale (a small batch of Stone Levitation Ale that was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain), Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, 2011 Stone Imperial Russian Stout and 2011 Stone BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout, with sage, hot peppers, lemon thyme, and Citra hops added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pint at Pizza Port OB. Clear dark ruby brown, lasting creamy beige head. Lemon herbal that I now know as sage and/or lemon thyme), very herbal and spicy. Some toasty malts and roast thatís got anise behind. Flavor adds some chocolatey notes. Dry finish, bitterness at a 4. I do get some vegetal notes from the chiles, but zero heat. Medium body with prickly moderate carbonation. Kinda weird, but I didnt hate it, and probably donít need to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
On guest tap at DLD í12. Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is citrus pines and earth up front with a light, vegetal pepper. A slight roast, a good amount of lemon thyme, and herbs. Flavor is similar. Lots of lemony thyme and some pines with a vegetal pepper that isnít hot at all. Herbal spices, lots of earth, a touch of roast, and a hint of licorice before the lemon thyme and peppers increase more into the finish where this is dry, moderately bitter, and earthy. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty interesting beer with a lot of things going on. I like the peppers and big lemon thyme along with the big earthy hops, but I definitely could not pick out each beer in the blend. Glad to have tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours deep black with a very white head to it. It is one of the weirdest smelling beers. A lot going on and I canít quite put my finger on most of the aromas. There is a slight pepper taste. Lemon notes. I canít pick out any of the beers blended into it. The sage, peppers and lemon thyme dominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veryhoppyman (2) - California, USA - APR 23, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Out of the Growler its a Black pour with tan head. Aroma was roast and not to hoppy. Taste was very interesting with so many different beers in there. Fun brew for sure with a hint of peppers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
On draft at Limericks Tavern for Stone Night 4/20. Black pour with tan head. Aroma was roast and earthy hops. Taste was very interesting with so many subtle hints of lots of those beers in there. Was a little on the thin side, could have used a little more IRS in my opinion. Finished nice with the lemon thyme and sage. Fun brew for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anova167 (335) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
On tap. Pours black with a frothy tan head. Aroma of ample citrus dry hopping, earthy malts, and a touch of herbal. Didnít know what to expect flavor wise, and it wasnít much like the aroma. Pretty complex, but a touch watery as well. A touch of belgian yeast character, followed by some roasty malts, then some more bitter hop notes. The finish is quite dry especially considering the beers included. Unique in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Growler fill from brewery. Pours from growler a dark brown / slightly black color with giant frothy tan head. Fizzy bubbles on the side of the glass as well...it actually looks quite like fresh-poured Pepsi. Aroma of pickled spicy peppers, some of the trademark Stone hops (citrus, pine), earthy herbs, and iced tea. Flavor has quite a bit of earthy hot peppers (though nowhere near the level of Crime or Punishment) and herbs (sage, juniper, anise). There are also distinct taste elements of the base beers, both the hoppy and darker ones, but I think Sublimely is the most notable here. Moderate body with some lingering hop bitterness. Certainly interesting on paper and drinkable enough, but not necessarily something I would want to try again. (1, 687)

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