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Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
I will start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Stone Brewery. Not only because of their dedication to beer and the excellent brews they produce. But also because of the wonderful beer culture they’ve brought to Southern California. Home brewers are popping up all over and there are some great bars, pubs, and gastropubs making their mark in SoCal, and for that, I thank Stone for their contribution.
Upon saying that, I will say I expected a lot more from Stone with their 15 year anniversary. This black IPA with an ABV of 10% was rather disappointing. It contains cocoa and anise, not being a fan of anise, such as their Belgo, I was turned off a bit from the first sip. The brew pours like a fine Imperial Stout, with a nice frothy head. The aroma of various spices and anise is actually very appealing to the nostrils…”stings the nostrils”, sorry had to throw in that Anchorman quote.
Tasting the beer you can taste the roasted malts, anise and brown sugar. It does have a good taste to it, I just think I overhyped myself knowing that this was their anniversary beer. The taste isn’t as intense as the Belgo. It’s somewhat of a clash between the Belgo and Porter, with a dash of Stone IPA. It’s an interesting beer to say the least. And if you are a fan of Stone or craft beer in general, you’ll want to try it out. I would definitely need to drink this 22oz bottle with a friend, I wouldn’t be able to take on the entire bottle with that flavor.  View high resolution

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

I will start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Stone Brewery. Not only because of their dedication to beer and the excellent brews they produce. But also because of the wonderful beer culture they’ve brought to Southern California. Home brewers are popping up all over and there are some great bars, pubs, and gastropubs making their mark in SoCal, and for that, I thank Stone for their contribution.

Upon saying that, I will say I expected a lot more from Stone with their 15 year anniversary. This black IPA with an ABV of 10% was rather disappointing. It contains cocoa and anise, not being a fan of anise, such as their Belgo, I was turned off a bit from the first sip. The brew pours like a fine Imperial Stout, with a nice frothy head. The aroma of various spices and anise is actually very appealing to the nostrils…”stings the nostrils”, sorry had to throw in that Anchorman quote.

Tasting the beer you can taste the roasted malts, anise and brown sugar. It does have a good taste to it, I just think I overhyped myself knowing that this was their anniversary beer. The taste isn’t as intense as the Belgo. It’s somewhat of a clash between the Belgo and Porter, with a dash of Stone IPA. It’s an interesting beer to say the least. And if you are a fan of Stone or craft beer in general, you’ll want to try it out. I would definitely need to drink this 22oz bottle with a friend, I wouldn’t be able to take on the entire bottle with that flavor. 

North Coast Brewing Company’s Belgian Strong Pale Ale
I had this on tap last night at 38 Degrees, the local gastropub down the street from my house, they always have a great selection of craft beer. I had to grab a photo off the internet since the gastropub was very dimly lit inside.
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the beautiful golden rays illuminating out of the tulip. There’s a nice frothy head at the top and at first whiff of the beer I get a sense of citrus and other fruity elements. Very little hops on the taste buds, good yeast leaves a nice earthy and spice flavor. Beautifully done Belgian. It is a medium body beer with an abv of 7.6%. It’s was a wonderful beer to have on a warm summer California night. Overall it is very refreshing and well worth the 6 dollar investment. 
4 out of 5 for a belgian ale

North Coast Brewing Company’s Belgian Strong Pale Ale

I had this on tap last night at 38 Degrees, the local gastropub down the street from my house, they always have a great selection of craft beer. I had to grab a photo off the internet since the gastropub was very dimly lit inside.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the beautiful golden rays illuminating out of the tulip. There’s a nice frothy head at the top and at first whiff of the beer I get a sense of citrus and other fruity elements. Very little hops on the taste buds, good yeast leaves a nice earthy and spice flavor. Beautifully done Belgian. It is a medium body beer with an abv of 7.6%. It’s was a wonderful beer to have on a warm summer California night. Overall it is very refreshing and well worth the 6 dollar investment. 

4 out of 5 for a belgian ale

This has nothing to do with beer, I just thought it was hilarious. I would love to have a beer with Master of Swagamonies Aziz. Peep the slippers. 

This has nothing to do with beer, I just thought it was hilarious. I would love to have a beer with Master of Swagamonies Aziz. Peep the slippers. 

Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale

Do I have to stress how much I love Ballast Point?! It’s very hard to come across a very bad beer of theirs. 

The Calico Amber Ale has a beautiful color in the glass. Frankly I was in a trance for a few minutes while staring at it. It has an average abv of 5%, and has many malty flavors that attack your palate. The hops give it a wonderful aroma, and balance the beer out just nicely. 

After having a couple I honestly don’t feel like typing anymore. My advice is to pick it up, especially if you’re a fan of Ballast Point. 


Ninkasi Brewing Oatis Oatmeal Stout

I was at Bevmo last Friday, as usual, for their dollar beer tasting, when this brew caught my eye in the cold box. Having never heard of Ninkasi Brewing Company in Oregon, I decided to give this beer a try.

Upon first pour the beer is very dark with a brownish head. The smell of the malt is intense, having a slightly roasted aroma. The taste was quite a surprise. More medium than heavy bodied, with a slight “quaker oatmeal” taste at the end. The hops balance out the roasted malt very nicely. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It has an ABV of 7%, served in a 22oz bottle for 3 bucks. Not too shabby. 

I’d say to pick one up if you ever come across it. 

Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA

Wow, Very different. I was able to try this unique beer at the new Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The restaurant/gastropub has 72 craft beers on tap with a wonderful menu. The owners of Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA, have done a wonderful job with this establishment. They add with to the continual craft beer movement in the Los Angeles are.

This IPA has an wonderful hoppy aroma, with an ABV of 7%. However, don’t expect the hoppiness of your traditional Sculpin. At first swig you can taste the hops of the brew, there is a malti after taste in the end, leaving a spiciness on the back of the tongue and throat. Only being served in a tulip it gets a little hard to drink towards the end. The beer gets a little too tingly at the back of the throat leaving the body a little thin, unlike your traditional Sculpin IPA. 

I say pick up a glass to try it, especially if it is on tap. I’d give it a 3.9 out of 5. 

Yesterday I had a great opportunity to have Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA on tap at 38 Degrees Ale House. This was a wonderful surprise! This 18% beer really hit the spot. Very rich with sweet maltiness and wonderful aromatic hops really took my taste buds to new heights, along with my head after a few. 
Don’t get caught up with the IPA in the name. This beast has a ton of sugar and is continually hopped during the 2 hour brewing process. It has 120 IBU and is pure strong thick heaven….That’s what she said.
If you ever get to try this brew on tap, get it! Nuff said. View high resolution

Yesterday I had a great opportunity to have Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA on tap at 38 Degrees Ale House. This was a wonderful surprise! This 18% beer really hit the spot. Very rich with sweet maltiness and wonderful aromatic hops really took my taste buds to new heights, along with my head after a few. 

Don’t get caught up with the IPA in the name. This beast has a ton of sugar and is continually hopped during the 2 hour brewing process. It has 120 IBU and is pure strong thick heaven….That’s what she said.

If you ever get to try this brew on tap, get it! Nuff said.

Stone’s collaboration with Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard and Tröegs presents Cherry Chocolate Stout. 

First off I wanted to apologize about laying off the blog the last couple weeks. I’m getting back into the groove of things with Stone’s latest collaboration. Stone puts the power back into the homebrewer’s teaming up with these two. 

This Cherry Chocolate Stout has a wonderful aroma of chocolate and rich malt. At first pour it has a rich dark brown head with wonderful lacing. The initial taste is of wonderful dark chocolate with the after taste of cherry. This brew has an abv of 7.3%. There are some floral hints to the taste and a slight little citrus bite. This is a wonderful collaboration, which I think falls in line with Stone’s other great collaborations of Green Tea IPA and Highway 78 with Green Flash. Like the other collaborations, this beer is in a 12 oz bottle, sold one bottle at a time. It’s definitely worth the try. 

Pick up a bottle at $2.99 and try for yourself. 

PS. That’s my awesome X-Men pint glass I picked up at Comic Con last week 

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