Stone Stochasticity Project Varna Necropolis

RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Belgian-style golden strong ale aged in bourbon whiskey barrels

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BuckeyeBoy (9342) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a golden topped with a small head. Nose is oak belg yeast spice some grassy hops a nice fruit esters. Taste is more of the barrel notes some vanilla belg yeast spice grassy notes a little lemon.

daleharshman (1089) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bomber purchased 15 months ago at the brewery in Escondido ($7.25). Pours a hazed golden orange hue with two full fingers of foam white head. AROMA is quite reminiscent of Duvel with notes of Belgian yeast, citrus and other fruity esters (pear, green apple, green grapes), bready and caramel malts, but only a hint of musty oak and the bourbon. FLAVOR of prickly citrus, bready malts, white wine, some spice, bourbon (more than in the nose) with notes of vanilla, wood, and a hint of booze. The prickly carbonation actually works well here, I think. Not sure how much the year-plus of aging worked on this (probably mellowed the American hops), but I do like the mild bourbon notes (not overdone) on top of the traditional Belgian golden strong ale here. Overall it is well-balanced and quite drinkable. (15, 975)

umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to DJDAM. Shared at my house. Clear amber pour with a small fizzy head that fades to a messy ring. Aroma is a nice mix of oak, citrus, grass, bread, and light Belgian yeast. Taste has a big oak and vanilla flavor. Mixes well with the citrus and pine hops. Light booze in the finish along with some light black pepper and bubblegum. Medium body. Fizzy carbonation. This was much better than I expected.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Slightly cloudy, bright & shiny yellow color with a fading, sudsy light-beige collar. Aroma of honeycomb, clove, light gum, some Belgian yeast, a touch of pepper, lemon peel, hint of wood, almost some white grape notes, very faint bourbon booziness, & a hint of apple. Slightly spicy Belgian yeast flavor, light peppery notes, some faint clove, a dash of herbal leaves, small hints of woodiness that teeters on the edge of vinous, touch of apple-y sweetness with some faint honey drizzle. Don’t get much bourbon in the flavor, but maybe that’s okay. Hard to pinpoint what kind of beer this is, but it’s definitely unique & not bad when all is said & done.

slowrunner77 (13622) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2014
great price for a barrel aged beer and kudos to Stone for doing something different, and for not overdoing it. The vanilla and oak came through very nicely and the Belgian yeast used was prevalent without overpowering. good brew!

mar (5480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Golden with a white head. Nose is florals, yeast, grass, light wood, and spice. Smooth palate, heavy alcohol, wood, yeast, florals, dry, grass, and sweet.

rick_91709 (547) - USA - SEP 6, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Almost clear gold color. Substantial white head. Not much aroma. Light bourbon taste. Takes a little while to get used to the taste. OK. Wouldn't buy again though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Thisis12ptfont (1246) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Aroma of distinct hops, sour white grapes, acidic vinegar, grain malts, Belgian yeast funk and biscuit. Bt golden appearance with a thin white foam. Complex flavors of biscuit malt, grains, crackers and wheat. Followed by a ripe apricot fruitiness, yeast funk, pronounced silky caramel, honey and light malty funk. Bourbon notes come through on the finish but they are really light and work in harmony with the honey. Overall, my personal favorite from the Stochasticity Project so far. The bourbon is there but it is not half as intense as most bourbon barrel beers. Really nice experiment from Stone. A+ rating.

Iphonephan (7559) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy copper with a thick off white head. Banana nose. Flavors of oak, vanilla and cardamom with a hint of orange. Bitter note in the finish.

Sathorael (164) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Pours golden with huge white head and decent lacing. In a growler from Stone oceanside. of black pepper, spice, clove, banana, white wine, grass, and sugar. Taste is much of the same and extremely balanced. Black pepper, sugar, malt, and bright grassiness. Finish is sweet but bitter and has a lingering banana/grass flavor. Insanely enjoyable beer.

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