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Stochasticity Project Master Of Disguise | Stone Brewing

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3.77/5
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897 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release: November 2014
Some illusions and misnomers lead to life’s most delightful surprises. Case in point—this beer, the yang to the yin that is the black India pale ale. Once revolutionary for its onyx appearance, it is now an accepted and beloved member of the India pale ale family. Thus we took the spirit of a dark beer—the time-honored stout—and applied a similar science of thought, brewing it to be golden-hued. Cocoa and coffee beans impart roastiness sans darkening to this brew, while flaked oats provide an enveloping mouthfeel. The result is a stout that looks more like a blonde, but is a raven beauty at heart.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
897
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 184
Reviews by Sspeer1:
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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Photo of kemoarps
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

4/3.25/3.75/4.25/3.75
I have no idea what to do with this. It's pretty: a crisp clear light amber with a big finger of thick white foam topping it off. That's all good and well, but how do you rate that appearance as a stout? I mean I realize that that's the whole point, I guess...

Aroma is all burnt coffee beans. Some other burnt grains. Reminds me of some black saisons I've had. I was underwhelmed by them, as I am here.

Taste starts out with an interesting split bringing forth the sweet/biter dichotomy right away. The burnt coffee provides the bitter, while the sweet almost starts off like honey at first, before taking more of a sweet cocoa turn. Creamy and smoothe. Good level of carbonation. Still has a bit too familiar of an alcohol twinge tot he end, though, could be better folded in and hidden. Overall though, seriously creamy and thick and smoothe and delcious in that regard.
Ultimately it feels like there's something missing. As I drink and think, it feels like the roasty/burnt flavours you typically find in a stout are missing, and the bitter burnt coffee is an attempt to cover for that. The coffee can bring the high notes, but can't fully compensate for that which was necessitously omitted for this gimmick to work.
I'd drink it again, and it's enjoyable enough, but I probably won't pick another one up, and it seems like it was made more for the novelty of OOH! GOLDEN STOUT! than because there was a truly interesting flavour profile to explore or anything. And that's OK. Just know that's what it is.

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Photo of ZachKelly
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this was the most disappointing beer I've had from Stone. I was skeptic of it to begin with, but to me the overall flavor I got was burnt, cold coffee. That unpleasant flavor dominated my palate through out and washed out all the pleasantry I got from the coffee and malt aroma.

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Photo of bomberqueen
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle aged for one year.

Pours golden and light, with a tan/white thin head.
Smells of light bodied coffee, hints of cocoa.
The golden color tried to play a trick on my senses, but it was very true to an aged stout.
Sweet almost caramel-like aftertaste.
Creamy, velvet mouthfeel.
VERY drinkable for 9.7% ABV
So unique, left me wanting another! A shame it was only brewed once.

22 oz from Tap and Bottle in Tucson, AZ.
Poured into a Nonic glass.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what I drank here, not a stout, but has characteristics of an imperial stout. Poured slightly cloudy orange with white and quickly disspating head, moderate lacing. Nose is muddled and indistinguishable between flavors, maltiness prevails over other muddled aromas. Taste is of oatmeal and coffee, cocoa remains muddled in flavor. Coffee lingers on. Mouthfeel begins with slight softness but alcohol burn. Between the lingering coffee aftertaste and alchohol burn, this is reminiscent of Xocovesa without the peppers.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes dated 12/24/14

A: More of a golden amber than I would describe as "golden," but it works - a lot of orange tones with some burnt orange gold at its core - pours with a small, white head, fades to a few wisps and leaves minimal lacing

S: Roasty, with a lot of chocolate and coffee, and some hops - plenty of citrus with orange, grapefruit flesh, and zest - cocoa nibs are interesting, combined with the citrusy aromas this smells like a chocolate orange... dipped in coffee - roasty coffee beans, with an emphasis on the beans - cooked pale malts, caramel malts, amber grains - slight hint of booze

T: Some nice chocolate and coffee, but a stout, this is not - roasty cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - coffee, lightly roasted - earthy and kind of astringent - moderately hoppy with some candied orange and ruby red grapefruit - moderately bitter overall - cooked, caramelized malts, pale grains, caramel - finishes earthy, fairly hot, and boozy - becomes less and less endearing as it warms

M: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, low carbonation, finishes boozy

O: Perhaps a master of novelty

The notion of a golden stout was entertaining to the extent that I actually purchased this beer. The result has some hints of greatness, but it gets old quick. It really just tastes like it is lacking something... Perhaps some chocolate malts... It's really unfair to compare this to other imperial stouts, but I suppose I have little choice.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Released 11/2014 with no bottling date (despite Stone making a huge deal over freshness in their Enjoy By series). Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant transparent golden amber with almost two fingers of pale head. Maintains a thin layer and a small halo pf froth. Laces quite well.

Aromas of black coffee, cocoa and somewhere in the background there is a vague sweetness.

Huge flavor of roasted coffee smacks the palate right up front. That bitter coffee pretty much dominates but I catch other flavors of dark cocoa, mild caramel and a healthy dose of alcohol. I can't say this tastes like a stout as much as a boozy coffee beer.

Creamy feel with a body on the lighter side of medium. Soft carbonation. Super bitter finish of that roasted coffee and an almost vegital note of unprocessed cocoa beans.

In a way I admire Stone's effort here but Master Of Disguise just did not agree with my tastes. If you happen to like their particular brand of coffee then this woild likely be great, seeing as that is 80% or more of the flavor. This was an interesting experiment but after sacrificing most of my bottle to the drain I won't be looking to ever repeat the experience.

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Photo of datalager
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

This one didn't work for me. I'll have to give it a try again, but other than being an attractive beer, aromas and flavors were a mix of adjunct lager-ish sweetness combined with old coffee grounds and stale cigarettes. Definitely the most disappointing ale I've ever had from Stone. On a positive note, I'll give them props for trying something completely different.

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Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

APPEARANCE (4)
This thing really fooled me. pours like an IPA. head is like an IPA. looks like an IPA. nice and clear with a orange-gold hue. Head retention was poor (no pun intended).

SMELL (1)
This is where it gets interesting. The flavours don't seem to work well together. something just isn't right here. Smells kinda like puppy breath and burnt ants... really, i suggest picking one up just to prove me wrong.

TASTE (3)
The coffee really took over here. At first it's kind of sour, like an espresso, then the aftertaste kicks in, resembling more roasted notes. It's hard to pick up much of the hop flavours but I can certainly notice them with the bitterness. Wasn't so enthusiastic about the mismatch on the flavour and the smell.

FEEL (5)
Feel was a perfect score in my book. It's everything I look for -- A bubbly kick with a nice zing on the roof of the mouth. effervesced off the tongue. the ABV was a nice little gift as well.

OVERAL (3.25)
an interesting beer for sure -- worth picking one up just for the experience. Definitely will not pick another up unless it was for a tasting night and wanted to confuse some friends. For those who really enjoyed this, I'm sorry, I just think it was more gimmicky than anything.

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Photo of Ristaccia
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unpleasant over the top roast.

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Photo of jordanmckell
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I give the brewers credit for pulling off a visual switcheroo, but in the end that's the problem. Looks great but the taste has a definite funky quality that I did not enjoy.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a new twist on a stout i must say,not sure if it works for me though.Pours a brilliant golden with a thinner but well retained white head atop.Aromas of dark roast coffee beans really stand out,alot of roast with not much else really.Almost a raw soybean-like flavor is detected right away with heavy roast and coffee flavors to follow,not too much sweetness.Hmm different it is for sure,glad I tried it but wont search it out again.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Toasty
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of riTLce
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick velvety head, two finger thickness that fades to a thin lacing and ring around the edge of the glass. Bright golden hue, faint bubbles floating to the surface,

S: Roasted coffee notes, cacao nibs

T: Citrus hops, lightly roasted coffee with some green coffee bean flavors coming through. Chocolate and hops play back and forth with one another. Cacao nibs bring depth and sweetness to the mid taste.

M: Lingering coffee notes, medium feel which is a little light for a stout, but great.

O: Fantastic brew, would have liked the body to be a bit heavier, although very quaffable.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Stochasticity Project Master Of Disguise from Stone Brewing
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