Stone Spotlight: Imperial Mutt Brown Ale | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release: April 2015
Stone brewers Drew Neldon and Steve Via won this year’s annual in-house Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition with this hefty brown ale—an impressive result considering that one of them had never encountered a brown ale he liked before tasting this one. Given layers of flavor from Vienna, Victory and Chocolate Wheat malts, and warming, refined sweetness from Honey Malt and turbinado sugar, it’s a rich and soothing beer brewed with respect to traditional English methods and New World innovation. The British-American bulldog of the craft beer world? Perhaps. Best in Show? Absolutely.

Added by RuckIt on 04-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
494
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
7.95%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 494 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of GratefulFC
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeccaH
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled January 2017 from 22 oz bottle in pint glass. Drank it about 8 months after the bottled date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown color, medium size dark tan head that lasted for a long time. Thick lacing and remnants on the side of the glass from the head.

Smell: Sweet & malty with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hops. Some nut and caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Medium-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by caramel, chocolate, coffee and burnt malt flavors, but with a little bitterness and kick from the hops. There are also sweet flavors like honey. Overall an interesting combination, but dominated by the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Matched 9.0% on the label.

Overall: Nice brown ale. Easy to drink, but still has some interesting flavors.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled bomber style
Pours a very dark body with full, thick tobacco stained head
Aroma is full on cocoa
Tastes like an irished up frappe, creamy l, chocolatey and a hint of coffee
Perfect mf
Big bold and beautiful

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Pours with a clear dark brown body and a decent, off-white head. Limited lacing.

Aroma: Dominated by toasted grains with roasted nuts and caramelized sugar notes. Potency is moderate.

Flavor: Largely follows the aroma, with caramelized malts, roasted nuts, dark bread and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium-light. Body is medium-full. Alcohol presence is very light for ABV.

Overall: A tasty, rich brown ale with good balance and well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of runeatdrink
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Vienna as the base malt with Chocolate Wheat Malt and some Honey Malt, combined with Turbinado sugar. Hopped with Magnum and East Kent Golding. Fermented with an English Ale yeast strain.
9% ABV, 45 IBUs.

Pours out to a clear deep walnut, forming a modest creamy medium tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is about 2.5 carbs. Nose of milk chocolate, carob, some dates, very malty like chocolate malt balls. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and big bodied. Very nice mouthfeel. Tastes great, with big chocolate malt balls, overall slightly sweet, with a very nice bitterness. Some aggressive hopping in the finish. Overall, not terribly english, no off flavors, very rich but still easy to drink and not a burden.

Probably the best imperial brown I've had...it's great. Kinda like a baltic porter but with a bunch of hops and fermented with an ale yeast. Great stuff, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Stone brewers Drew Neldon and Steve Via won this year’s annual in-house Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition with this hefty brown ale—an impressive result considering that one of them had never encountered a brown ale he liked before tasting this one. Given layers of flavor from Vienna, Victory and Chocolate Wheat malts, and warming, refined sweetness from Honey Malt and turbinado sugar, it’s a rich and soothing beer brewed with respect to traditional English methods and New World innovation. The British-American bulldog of the craft beer world? Perhaps. Best in Show? Absolutely." Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a medium brown tone over a very dark brown body with abundant carbonation, high clarity. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Chocolate, toasted bread malts with a soft acidity, mild fruit tones, soft nutty bitterness. Delicate sweetness, rich caramelized sugar notes. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Flavors that follow the aroma, with predominantly caramelized malts, fruit sugars, bread and chocolate malts. Mildly nutty bitterness, slightly dry. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly syrupy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a medium frothiness, softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to nutty bitter and acidic. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly enjoyable Brown ale with a lot of specialty malt richness. Nicely balanced. 3.75

Stone Brewing's
Imperial Mutt Brown Ale
3.68/5.00

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Photo of Walnut
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grawp57
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with a caramel colored head that leaves a nice lacing. Chocolate with a little nut in the nose. Taste is chocolate and rich malt with a spicy zing at the end. Goes down smooth and easy. These guys really brewed a winner. Excellent brown with the added bonus of strong kick, without any alcohol taste.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottled on 03/27/15. Aged before serving (obviously) rather than drunk fresh. Served in a curved porter/stout glass. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a satisfying chestnut head. Strong but sweet aroma of grainy malt. Flavor is rich and covers the palate with a syrupy rich pool of brown ale flavor. Not malty sweet, and neither aggressively hopped nor alcohol burn-y, but well balanced and heavy. For a brown ale I find it lacking in either nutty/toasty or chocolate flavors from the roasted barley, but it does have a nice brown sugar thing going, and a little bit of spice on the tip of my tongue. I'm really reminded of RIS or even barleywine characteristics, though this is clearly neither. I don't believe I ever tried Imperial Mutt Brown fresh, but the age on this doge could only have made him mellower.

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Photo of smaddock
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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