Stochasticity Project: Grainiac | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hoppy, deep amber-hued beer was created to shine a light on rare, unexplored grains seldom used in the brewing world. In addition to barley, wheat, rye and triticale, we added malted millet and malted buckwheat to bring the total unique grain count to nine. The earthy, nutty notes of granola found in this experimental multigrain malt bomb are complemented by the citrusy, piney flavors of four classic American hops. We dry-hopped the beer with Cascade and Centennial hops at the end, adding more citrus notes and rounding out the grain bill’s rich, bready character.

Added by superspak on 10-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
62
Ratings:
268
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
70
Trade:
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden amber color with deep ruby red edges and a frothy yellowish beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, lingering for the duration and completely coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.

I know that this beer is mostly about the malt bill but the hop presence is severely muted, hurting the overall aroma. Slightly earthy with some grassy resins but the nose of this beer is pretty bland. Very surprising for a Stone beer. Grainy with malted barley, subtle roast, dark bread and light sweetness. Caramel, toffee, blonde coffee, lightly charred toast and faint smokiness. Pretty boring.

Fuller body than expected and only slightly more interesting and flavorful than the nose suggests. Hop presence stands out a bit more with dry, sticky bitterness up front lingering over the heavy malt backbone into a dry finish. Grassy resins with pine sap and kind bud but again, the malts are the star here. Interesting balance of roast, earth and sweetness with hints of tobacco, leather, toast, lightly roasted coffee, oatmeal, caramel and chocolate. Slight boozy heat/sweetness on the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty odd. The hops show up more on the palate than in the aroma but are one dimensional, dry and bitter. The malt bill is intense but not all that complex which is surprising considering they used seven different grains. Not unpleasant, just kind of boring and slightly harsh. Hard to get through the bomber.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beernewbie285
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can sme the malt of this beer and it is phenomenal. The hops are just present enough that you can taste them and smell them slightly but not so much that it feels like an IPA. I truly wish this beer was one of their year rounds because it would always be in my fridge.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

L: Pours a deep copper color, semi-transluscent with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Freshly baked bread and malts. Slightly resinous pine.

T/F: This has a big whopping malt backbone and is doughy/bready without being sweet. It's a Stone beer so you get some piney hops at the finish and it's a crisp refreshing brew. A bit chewy. Nice as it warms with a more robust flavor.

O: This is a lovely little experiment from Stone, and I would equate it to Arrogant Bastard without the harsh (and beloved) bite. Maybe Friendly Bastard would have been a good name for this one. Goes down easily despite the high ABV and a beautiful Strong Ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour here is fantastic a deep bronze color with a thick sticky light tannish colored head atop,it takes forever for it to settles into a frothy mass.Lightly toasted grain and mild grassiness and earth on the nose,on the lighter side here.A mix of nutty and brown sugar-like maltiness up front on the palate melding into some pine and leafy hops into the finish.It lacks something in the back end but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber color with a huge amount of off white head that sticks around. The hops a right up front in the smell with a floral piney scent. The taste is very complex. You get the malt and graininess but with a bitterness from the hop that interplay vary well together. The feel is very smooth, you don't feel the carbonation but it is there. I am really enjoying this beer. I will be getting at least one more bottle of it.

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Photo of Lee_Canter
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

P: Red amber with not much head but decent rim lacing.
A: Malt, caramel, hops and citrus. Earthy.
T: True to the aroma, the taste is not far off. Huge malt, caramel, citrus and a nice finish of hops.
M: A good balance of many flavours. Medium to bold with a fabulous tart bitterness. Mild carbonation.
O: Once again, Stone's Stachasticity Project is a hit with me.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - nice story (tell it to Reader's Digest!) about the naming of this brew, and I for one would have gleefully supported the 'Colon Blow' moniker - maybe I've just had too many crappy gluten-free (aka alternative grain) beers of late.

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some disintegrating iceshelf lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away. Quite purdy to look at, really.

It smells of dank pine resin, muddled domestic citrus rind, musty barley and a few of its generally unfamiliar to me malted pals (ok, I am getting that rank buckwheat thing, FWIW), a bland earthy nuttiness, and more leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is big and malty, fo sho, but not in a typical caramel/toffee sense - there's that, sure, but it's moderated by some breakfast cereal wheat and oats, and thankfully reduced in intensity buckwheat notes - with some decently off-setting leafy pine and grizzled orange and red grapefruit hop astringency.

The bubbles are definitely present and accounted for, what with their tenacious frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and not particularly smooth, a few of those grains outmatching a few of the other grains in that regard. It finishes well off-dry, and yet moderated by a lingering green and citrus hoppiness that has not quite accepted its second class citizen role here, apparently.

Overall, this is one of the better Stochasticity Project offerings from Stone that I have yet tried - they're still doing something weird, and experimenting, but this time, a certain balance is achieved. It comes down to a lessening of both things that their big beers are famous for - caramel malt and brash west coast hops - with the malt sharing the stage with its specified comrades, and the hops dialed down just enough to still be heard. Oh, and that 17-proof booze? Nada.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 11/08/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and deep reddish copper in color with a sandstone, finger-width head. Fair retention, then dissipates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds. Lacing consists of broken sheets and small spotting.

Smell - Grain and caramel malt with hop that hits on floral character with lighter citrus sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Actually, maybe more floral hop character than anything, with lesser grain and caramel malt sweetness and touch of citrus in the finish. Moderate notes of toffee. Spice from the rye. A bit of walnut shell. Well balanced throughout with a lingering, bittersweet aftertaste touching on grain and citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety texture makes it slick on the tongue with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - This is a pretty damn good beer. One that seems to age well (now at 6 months), though I now wish I'd have tried it fresh. I'm glad to see a brewery exploring the boundaries of malt experimentation while adding in the complimentary hops to make it quite interesting. Thank you, Stone!

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

Photo of hreb
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottled 11/08/15. Served in a tumbler. Beer pours a lovely red color with a hint of brown and an ample pillowy tan head. Aroma is faintly malty with a little bit of dry C-hop goodness. Flavor combines hop bitterness with grainy bitterness seamlessly. There's a subtle rye flavor, and another flavor I recognize from other Triticale based brews. As for millet and buckwheat, I'm not too sure. There is a little bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel, more so than I wouid have expected given the gravity and flavor profile, so I guess that's the oats at work. Even at 8.5% and I'm sure a respectable load of IBUs, this beer maintains a great balance, and stays solidly within the amber ale genre. Good flavors and outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of andrew8626
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/crimson with a thumb of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, stellar lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Pineyness, mango & a little white grape when warm

T: Breadyness, pears, mango, guava & orange rind up front. White grape, grainy/bitter/peppery notes & a little tangerine & pomelo as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit rind, a little astringency & a little dryness, some a breadyness

MF: Medium body with fairly firm carbonation. Body thins a bit as this warms, nice balance

Lovely citrus notes, very drinkable, not a perfect take on the style, but interesting & well worth a go, lots of flavor going on here

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

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Stochasticity Project: Grainiac from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 268 ratings