Give Me Stout Or Give Me Death | Stone Brewing

Give Me Stout Or Give Me DeathGive Me Stout Or Give Me Death
BA SCORE
78.7%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 127 Ratings
Give Me Stout Or Give Me DeathGive Me Stout Or Give Me Death
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and “His Excellency,” Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial stout, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

Added by EMV on 12-09-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,438
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
127
Liked:
100
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
6.91%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.

A: Dank and hoppy with earthy bitterness and grapefruit aroma. Roasted notes, as well as a touch of sweet berry but just a hint.

A: Dark black in color, opaque, with a frothy tan head that has solid retention.

T: Deep roasted grains, slightly sweet, with an earthy and citrusy hop flavor, coupled with light berries and a light roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth, lightly creamy mouth-feel.

O: Alright; the beer could use a better berry character with less hops, which mask a lot of the berry aroma/flavor. However, the beer still drinks well.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chronohwhocares
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle dated 11/16 poured into a chalice.

Pours black with a two finger deep khaki head that fades into beautiful lacing.

Fruits are lost fairly quickly in taste due to the hops. Reminds me more of a black IPA than a stout. Not regrettable or undrinkable but slightly disappointing.

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Photo of maltznhopz
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbw5009
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottK22
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Dark chocolate, some cocoa, some smoke, some blueberries and dark fruits, some pine.

T- Dark chocolate, some caramel malts, hint of blueberries and raspberries in the middle, finish is roasted coffee and pine with a slightly smoky quality.

M- Smooth, chewy, full body.

O- A solid stout but was hoping for more fruit. If they brewed it again I would probably try it again fresher.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of raspberries, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: The flavor is definitely dominated by the raspberries and blackberries, but not obnoxiously so. It has some dark chocolate, hints of coffee (not quite enough), roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. A much more subtle flavor than what I expected, but tasty nevertheless.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is a likable, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black that looks really nice even though it isn't that different at all from others of the style. It has a nice texture that makes it appear a bit slick. The smell and taste have similar notes but differ in intensity. The smell has a stronger grassy hop note with some light roast to it and lighter dark chocolate. The berries do not seem to come out very well in the smell. The taste on the other hand seem to have a stronger blueberry sweetness as well as a slight tartness that get lost in the hop notes. The feel is fairly carbonated and a bit thinner than you would expect but it's still a decent feel. Overall, it's a good beer but the hop notes kind of undermine the point of adding two kinds of berries to the beer. Still, I'm sure if the beer is aged enough to dull the hop notes, then it should be a better than average beer.

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Photo of Khaack
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No real fruit notes coming through at all. Very bitter in the finish. Similar to Arrogant Bastard but a stout version.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuy50
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Give Me Stout Or Give Me Death from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 78.7% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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