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

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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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3.6
Beerhunter111 (23757) - Beerland, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2018
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! A clear reddish brown beer with a huge most good lasting beige head. Aroma of strong grainy malt, caramel, hints of smoke. Taste of strong caramelish malt, toffee, grainy malt, bread, spicy hops, long bitter finish, interesting!

3.7
DrnkMcDermott (3193) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2018
750 ml Champagne bottle from Stone. This arrived via FedEx frozen solid. Luckily I was able to defrost it without it breaking. Pours a deep brown, but with highlights showing through. Thick head that settles to a thin "pond scum" of foam. Smell is surprisingly light, not a lot of alcohol or malt, but at least any yeast in the bottle didn't die and skunk it up. Taste is malty without the astringency of dark malt, and just an edge of German noble hops. Extra malt does get a bit sticky on my lips. I'm liking it more as I go along. Flavor does not go off as the bottle dwindles. There is some yeast sediment of perhaps hop bits at the bottom. Toes starting to curl with the alcohol, but it's not "hot" with alcohol at any time. Enjoyable "beer" with no extra foofaw like weird hops or fruit.

3.8
Nische (2725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2017
Magnum bottle for Christmas. Dark mahogany with beige head. Somewhat earthy bitterness with a bit of spice, brown sugar, hay, oak and fruit. Pretty good.

3.7
Dogbrick (14386) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2017
Sample during the Dark Lord Dia-beetus 2017 tasting on 10/28/2017. Dark mahogany-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of oak, yeast, malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of fruity yeast, grainy malt, oak and mild hops. The finish is fruity with a yeast and malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.7
Sebilinz (2784) - 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 (3000) - 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 (14403) - 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 (1025) - 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 (4628) - 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 (6939) - 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)


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