Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jletts:
4.55/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Stone Brewery/Beer Shrine sits atop a hill all alone, surrounded by vacant lots and fields of grass. You know you're there when you crest the hill and see the steam rising from the vats and the huge stone block structure sitting all alone surrounded by massive parking lots. There is a large outdoor garden, complete with a fire pit, but I opted to sit inside. They had four vintages of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout on tap. I tried the 2003, 2004, and 2005 with dinner. With all the good stouts on tap I had to let the beers choose the dinner. Even their food is extreme! Super spicy Thai, seven layer garlic chicken, rich mac and cheese with ale marinated sausage...I decided on the pub sausage plate as to not overpower the stouts. I didn't review the beers as I was eating and having too much fun enjoying them, but I found distinct differences between the vintages. The 2003 was so mature it tasted like a barley wine born from a stout, with a very well balanced profile and a syrupy mouthfeel. The 2004 had more burgundy, woody, cocoa taste with a slight metallic finish. Certain distinct flavors stood out in this one, which was very different from the homogenous feel of the 2003. The 2005 was approaching the 2007 in flavor and was starting to resemble a stout once again. Service was excellent and I managed to eat dinner and drink 3 excellent aged stouts for $30 (with tip). Not a bad deal though many other dishes were priced rather high. This is a must stop if you are within, say, 50 miles of it!!!!
Update: After eating there about 10 times now I can say with all confidence that every ingredient used in the cooking (not to mention brewing!) is of the highest quality. Hence the high-priced food...but definately worth it if you want the quality of the food to match the outstanding beer.
04-12-2007 05:56:09 | More by jletts
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