Sunday, September 23, 2018

THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Stone Ales Taste Off


We're in our lounge chairs, settled in for the evening, watching our shows and relaxing when...what's this?...there's a knock on the door. I go to see what's the matter and look out the window. It's a familiar face so I open the door...it's the beer fairy from Stone Brewing Company here to give us a package.

"I know you and Tim like to taste beers so here are some samples you guys can use on your next tasting," the generous soul, who leaves his package and fades away into the night, says.


Watch the Video!


So there you are...free beer. I might as well make a Cocktail Hour out of it so you can all enjoy along with us. Problem is, I've never really had a fond spot for the products of the Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, California but, Hey!, free beer!

OK, so they're properly chilled and Tim and I go outside to give them a shot.

We've got the Stone IPA, a 6.9% alcohol hoppy straw colored ale.  This one isn't too bad. A little on the hoppy side like most American made IPA's. Would like a little more balance to make it tastier but there you go, an example of the hoppier nature of Stone's products.

Virtuale IPA, 7.2% alcohol. Very hoppy, mediciney, slightly skunky...an almost overwhelming mix of tastes that neither Tim or I really care for.

And the flagship, Arrogant Bastard Ale, 7.2% alcohol and the website says I'm probably not going to like it. Guess what...I do. Tim  does. This is our favorite of the bunch. A bit musty and hoppy but well balanced with a chocolate, syrupy aftertaste. This is the best of this bunch.

Please check out the video, above, for the full tasting and stop by The Musick Channel garage sale to help support our family of blogs and find a treasure for yourself at bargain prices.




Cheers!

Darryl Musick
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