Stone (Berlin) Collab 04/14 / Lost Abbey Sticks n' Stones

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Before the meaning of the name is revealed for that “ah-ha” moment, we must elaborate on the significance of the collaboration. Three key Stone brewers gathered together with long-time friend and Lost Abbey brewmaster Tomme Arthur in Berlin. There they collaborated on a beer representative of our presence in Germany and the craft beer crusade we have been on and never lost sight of despite all of the words of criticism. Too aggressive, too many hops, too expensive, too impossible to break into centuries of German tradition…all of that was just words. It didn’t break us. And here we are, two decades later with a foothold in Berlin and our fingertips on the international craft beer moment. In honor of that we brewed a dark imperial lager with a German yeast strain and partially aged it with wooden chips “sticks” in stone granite barrels. Ah-ha.

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3.7
Sebilinz (2669) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown clear body with tan head. Aroma is malts dark caramel. Taste is nearly the same but with some wood. Aftertaste is nice balanced.

3.8
androman (2863) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2017
UT 010817 backlog. Shared bottle in Budapest from Stone Berlin. Light malty. Chocolate, roasty, dried fruits. Medium bittersweet. Long hoppy & roasty Medium bitter. Medium body, slick, soft carb. Easy, tasty. 548516

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13869) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 31, 2017
1.5L bottle at home, courtesy of kbudd19. Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy and rocky beige head, long retention. Aroma is moderate rich bready malt with light toast and nutty malt notes, nearly chocolate with dark malt-derived fruits, a mineral character and light earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is moderate rich sweet bready, nutty and toasted malt with dark, malt-derived fruits, light caramelization, light oak and mineral notes, light earthy and spicy hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation with a light alcohol warmth.

3.9
tcon25 (949) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle pour at the new place. Thanks Andrew for this beer. Very excited to try this beer. Dark brown pour, crisp oat and oak aroma. Very smooth beer, oak flavors little nutty hop flavor. Great beer to drink.

3.7
andrewje41 (4344) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Large format, celebration style bottle poured. Split with Tcon. Cheers on the new place! A dark copper pour with plenty of foam head. Love the constant wood character to this. Easy drinking lager rich with caramel, wood, and hints of various spice. Full of flavor. Nice refreshment for a dark imperial pils. Very unique. Pleasant experience with this one.

2.6
Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2017
Bottle, caged and corked. Right off the bat, I’m not sure why this was labeled an Imperial Pilsner, because this has zero characteristics of classic pilsners. It’s intensely bready, even yeasty. There is a uniquely American hop spike in the finish making this an outside the box offering. Reading that it was aged in granite barrels might explain away the odd, salty mineral twist. It’s an interesting beer, but for the price and immensity of the purchase, labeled as a pilsner ... meh. Disappointed. (#6667, 6/22/2017)

3.4
deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of bread and grains with a wood note supporting. Flavor combines bread and wood with some granite and a touch of sweetness.

3.4
Ungstrup (38585) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2017
Bottled. An amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and fruits, leading to a bitter finish.

3.5
bubblehouse (1556) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2017
A nice dark pilsner. Came in a really large bottle which seemed a bit excessive but good.

2.3
ironcontra (467) - ATL, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Likewise a keg at Hanging Bat. Didn’t blow me away - nothing stood out about this in particular. Low body fare.


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