Stochasticity Project: HiFi+LoFi Mixtape | Stone Brewing

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Stochasticity Project:  HiFi+LoFi MixtapeStochasticity Project:  HiFi+LoFi Mixtape

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of fresh and barrel-aged ales
First Release: May 2015

A beer that pays homage to a centuries-old tradition of combining new beer with aged “stock ales.” Freshly brewed beers of the day often were very smoky and bitter tasting, and were blended with older beer that had mellowed with age to produce more drinkable libations. This modern brew showcases our brewers’ talents in blending a stock ale aged more than three months in oak foudres (large wooden fermentation vessels) with a fresh version of the same beer to create a perfect harmony spanning end to end on the taste spectrum.

Added by Jordanpaterson08 on 05-14-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

May 28th, 2015 - A beer for a sweet Spring day, the Stone Stochasicity HiLow is a tuft of cotton candy in a glass. The color is a clear and medium-dark orange-brown (or a light amber) with some bubble gum, strawberry and a light sourness on the nose. And the flavor is equally sweet, and maybe even more so. The thicker palate amplifies the sweeter notes giving it more of a white grape juice and pear syrup blend. Though thick, it is tasty and a great contender for my empty growler today.

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Photo of Captain69
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this at the Strange Brew 2018 festival. Pours a copper color. Copper might come up again. Good amount of caramel malt, alcohol and bittering hops in the nose.

Taste had plenty of the copper bitterness going for it. I guess Imperial Penny Ale wasn't as cool of a name as this mixtape scoodoo. I didn't get anything woodsy out of it. Somewhat reminded me of an old double ipa with tons of crystal malt and 100ibu bitterness. The alcohol just keeps coming at you in the mouth feel, especially as it warms. This beer doesn't improve in any way as it warms. Only brings out those aspects that you weren't super jones'd about in the first place. It kind of gives you the feeling that they had a beer that nobody liked, or would like. So they decided to try and blend that with something else to get rid of it. The ol' Smoking Wood trick.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured this cold (40 degrees )into a tall beer tumbler copper cloudy poured too fast and a large head resulted ,it quickly dissapated. Smells of orange and sweet malts.Up front taste of piney and citrusy hops ,tangerines and a bit of sweet chocolate fades quickly to a pleasant bitterness. Moderate carbonation is an OK choice. Not as overstuffed with flavors as a lot of Stones strong ales.Don't know much about the blending of new and old ales...would be interesting to taste them separately and then taste this combo to see if what they were trying to achieve worked the way they said. Discontinued, might buy it again if they bought it back

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Photo of shigg85
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer a while back aged it for a few months and now I will consume it. Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. A minimal head that surprisingly kept up the retention on it. The color of the beer is a copper color with some light brown hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly cloudy. Some carbonation bubble traveling to and fro within the beer.

N: Citrus note are the first aromas I pull off the beer. Toasted malts, hints of caramels, melon, bready, and some fruity esters.

T: A strong toasted malts, caramel, bread, high fruity esters, grapefruit,oak, pine, lemons, oranges, solvent, yeasty, and floral notes.

MF: Astringent, medium plus body, medium low carbonation, and the finish is lingering

O: The beer has a wonderful nose, but the taste for me just does not deliver. The beer has a pungent solvent flavor with other wonderful characters. This is a let down by stone, could be much better.

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Photo of fx20736
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beagleyx2
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fern22
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Modest off-white head, crowns a hazy orange-brown body, Thick, fine-beaded broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Tropical fruits vie with earthy hops, there are also apricots, grapefruit and caramel.

Taste: Opens with earthy hops, caramel, and fruit. Both grapefruit and apricots present, and there is an abundance of caramel, and some sweet alcohol. Following on is bitter apple rind, and smoke. In the middle of the taste, strong wood notes appear. Late in the taste, earthy hops dominate, but the sweet alcohol is never vanquished.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite pleasant,very full.

Drinkability/notes: Rather nice, it was quite an experience to enjoy beer as an English pub patron might have some two centuries ago.

Presentation: Packaged in an enameled twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
2.21/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from long-standing notes (several months ago). Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Very hazy and dark gold, with good visible carbonation and a finger's worth of off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Oak, acetic tartness, and bready malts. This is a bit concerning here…I don't think this is supposed to be sour.

T: Tastes mostly like paint thinner. There's some oak, some hop bitterness, and bready malts. And acetone and nail polish remover. Finishes with some lingering sour off-flavor.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. Who can tell about alcohol presence...

O: This is going down the drain. Infected or just horribly wrong, I'm not certain. This cannot be what Stone was aiming for. It isn't so bad that I couldn't drink it on a dare, but it's nothing I'd ever serve to anybody. I hope this is just a bad bottle.

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Photo of Walnut
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can't get this any more. No great loss. I found this one languishing on the shelves at Saveon. I should have taken something else. There were other of this series that I didn't think much of. This one too.

It's dark yellow. Funky smelling - like BO. Funky tasting, like an unnecessary amalgam of stuff. Not boozy. Dry. Dark. Weird.

Not recommended. Stone gets point for trying off the board stuff but they often don't work.

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omniwar
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Stochasticity Project: HiFi+LoFi Mixtape from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 462 ratings