Stochasticity Project: Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries | Stone Brewing

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Stochasticity Project:  Your Father Smelt Of ElderberriesStochasticity Project:  Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medieval-style ale brewed with elderberries
First Release: September 2015

Imagine if you will emerging from the furthest depths of the dark, misty forest of time holding a chalice (perhaps one of catholically divine caliber) filled with an ale style dating back to medieval England. We find ourselves carried by the gait of hooves (which oddly sound like someone is clacking together two empty coconut halves) and happen upon a castle siege. Insults are being hurled from the walls above from…Frenchmen? Time to run away (after one last whack at the mighty stone castle walls with a broadsword) to discuss strategy just beyond the reach of catapulted bovines. Beer brewed with elderberries is freely shared. What strategies come from this? Trojan rabbit! A brilliant ruse they’re sure to…catapult. Word to the wise, Sir Bedivere: Don’t strategize whilst drinking elderberry beer or the constables may show up at the end of your flick.

Added by superspak on 07-24-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 417 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by huysmans:
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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of notchucknorris
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep cherry juice red color with a thin off white head.

S: Smells a little strange. Herbal and a bit metallic with a touch of Welch's Grape Juice sweetness to it. Powdery malt, yeast and a little rubber.

T: Not diggin it. Tastes like watered down Nyquil fermented in a rusty container. Very medicinal with a touch of baby aspirin, rubber eraser and a dry almost tannic and metallic finish. Would not do again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Mildly hazed mahogany color. Head formed and fell before I could make any other assessments of it.

3.0 S: The nose is really muddled and I don't know what to make of it. Burnt chocolate, blueberries, wildflowers, toasted caramel, raisin. Herbal hops. Also a lot of the Stone terroir.

2.5 T: The taste is similarly confusing. Strong peat component followed by burnt, overly caramelized toffee, toasty malts, bitter elderberry. Crab apple (without the sourness), raisin and perique tobacco, prune. It's a big mess of flavors that seem like they can coexist, but they don't.

2.75 M: This feels light and heavy at the same time. I'm not sure how else to describe it. Maybe watery velvet. It's on the lower end of carbonation.

2.5 D: I can sense the vision they had with this beer, it just didn't work out that well. Elderberries are hard to fit into anything well.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, dark Amber. Has a woody, bitter taste and smell. I have never had an elderberry so I don't know if this is close or not. The berry sweetness definitely complements the beer. I will enjoy this one but probably won't seek out another.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerswag
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look is dark brown with a purple haze, lacing minimal, head thin. Smell is faint smoke, toasted malts, fruity, floral essence, not as deep or rich on the nose as I aniticipated. Taste is malty booze, followed by a floral, bitterness, then a touch of smoke. Watery, body is light.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016. Clear ruby with a tan head. Metallic taste, dried fruit and very bitter fruit.

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Photo of gibgink
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with no head at all. Plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles erupt from within. I smell a bit of caramel in the nose. I taste a lot of caramel and chocolate and almost a hint of mint at the back of the palate, perhaps from the elderberries. This is essentially a brown ale that seems a bit one note, if you ask me. There's a very crisp, cool mouthfeel that I suspect is a result of the elderberries.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity, bready, and earthy malt driven aroma with hints of berries, caramel, and smoke. Upfront scent of berries. Pale malt with hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, smoke, and yeast. Subtle earthy hops. An interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, bready, and earthy malt forward taste with notes of berries along with caramel malt and smoke. Upfront sweet taste of berries. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, toffee, smoke, and yeast. Background earthy hop bitterness. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly boozy.

Overall: An interesting and nice take on a old style. Nice presence of elderberries along with some sweet and smokey malt notes.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boogerisu
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blair09
4.94/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this another well made and unique beer from Stone. I heard somewhere that this is a modern take on a medieval style. It more or less reminds me of a American Strong Ale. It's hoppy and I'm not to sure what an elderberry is but it seems to be along lines of figs, cherries, pine and or coniferous in aromas and taste.

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Photo of Tilly
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: Ruby red pour with s strong pinkish pour. Light lacing around the edge.
A: Caramel, soft fruit, smokey, malts, Earthy.
T: Dank dark soft fruit, caramel, smoked oats, malty. Some sweetness
M: Medium bodied, mildly bitter, dry,
O: I was pretty excited to try another beer from the Stochasticity Project from Stones and an not disappointed. If this is a medieval beer, I'll go back in time.

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Photo of Beer21
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samtrillo
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I can't say how much like I already have for this offering, before even popping the bloody cap! No mention of the complementary hamster on the label, FWIW.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta amber colour, with one plump finger of wanly puffy, yet densely foamy and bubbly beige tunic lace, which leaves a bit of Runic alphabet lace in places around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells (nothing akin to anyone's father) of singed wood, a bit of burnt rubber, musty dark fruit, muted bready caramel malt, minty herbs, red wine lees, and further estery alcohol notes. The taste is fruity, sure, but with a large dry, earthy ashiness quickly obfuscating any elderberry or the like character, a still tamped-down caramel malt sweetness, a different sort of cereal graininess (the oats, perchance?), some Scotch-adjacent woodiness, and very subtle weedy, leafy, and somewhat herbal and floral noble hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly staid and hard to engender any love for the attendant meek frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as that phenolic smokiness (I know) continues to do a bad, bad number on my otherwise good-to-go palate. It finishes well off-dry, the inherent sweetness of the complex malt combining with the lingering elderberry fruitiness, sure, but not without their messily smoky and acrid son.

Sigh. I guess I should have expected Stone to go whole hog when trying to emulate a beer from centuries past - not that I myself really know, but given the brewing technology available in 932 Anno Domini, an indeterminate, but obviously heady smoky character would be part and parcel of what you might have been jamming down your dirty gullet. At least we get that nice, and generally well-hidden elevated ABV to keep us duly in line, even though I feel as if someone has farted in my general direction, though sadly, I won't be taunted a second time - drops mic.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
1.94/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of 09/02/15

Appearance - Pours a dark and hazy copper color with a sandstone, half-finger head that fizzes away fairly quickly to reveal mostly barren surface.

Smell - Sweet berry aroma sticks out, along abundant sugary caramel and a hint of booze.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent (berry, sugary sweetness, caramel and booze) though there's a strange medicinal quality to the brew. Astringency creeps into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Sticky texture with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent and certainly unique, but not quite my cup of tea. The herbal/medicinal qualities don't quite meld with the other flavors found in the brew, though that odd flavor tends to fade as the beer warms. In all, though, not necessarily a brew I'd drink again. Too much sugary sweetness, IMO.

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