Provisions Series: A Stein’s Throw | The Bruery

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Provisions Series: A Stein’s ThrowProvisions Series: A Stein’s Throw

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the third release in our 2012 Provisions Series Local Collaborations Series. We've teamed up with our great friends at TAPS Brewery out of Brea for this beer and we made one of our most complicated beers to date. An amalgamation of a barley wine with a traditional stein beer, this strong, brown ale has an extra level of caramel complexity brought on by our use of granite rocks that were heated to 900º and added to the wort along with a generous addition of date sugar for added gravity. A Stein's Throw is rich with fruity esters and toffee richness, but finishes dry after being fermented with proprietary yeast strains from both The Bruery and TAPS.

Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 27
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is super malty and very sweet with a strong caramel aroma. Taste is much the same an interesting super malty and caramel covered fruit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting flavors but I couldn’t drink too much of this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jlindros
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared with Rudzud as our membership requires.

Light fizzy head fades semi slowly, little lacing, super hazy reddish murky mahogany beer.

Nose light fruity, no actually fairly fruity, date like, apricot?, light molasses, caramelized sugar, a light chalky mineral like aromas, herbal earthy chewy date sugar sweetener, light phenols, hint esters.

Taste what the... sweet molasses and dates, caramelized fig in sugar but not very sweet, light chalky mineral and rock like with little smokey rock. Some booze and phenols, herbal, earthy, little esters, etc. More fruity fig date like, touch of slime from some old rock. Finish is more booze, date sugar, mineral and phenols, little sweet, weird.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, booze.

Overall blech!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish edges under 1-inch thick off-white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Some dark fruits such as dates, raisins, figs and plums, along with dark cherries and bready malts.

T: Follows nose with dark fruits and some caramel sweetness.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Finishes kinda sweetish with those dark fruits.

O: Not a barleywine or a quad, perhaps a strong ale hybrid.

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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my CBS glass. Mahogany brown in color with a thin, spotty head to it. A little lacing to it and nice color.

The aroma shows a lot of rich, sugary dark fruits to it. Notes of dates and raisins are most prominent. Some malty caramel is there as well. The date sugar definitely has a big influence in the aroma as well. Not a bad aroma, but not something that stood out in the style either.

In the taste the date sugar gives it a good amount of sweeter dark fruit flavors with notes of raisin, dates and a little cherry all coming out. The Belgian yeast comes out more in the finish. It does feel a little sugary and unbalanced at times, but it also has some really nice flavors to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation being a little below average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer but not an outstanding one of the style. The date sugar gave it some interesting and pretty good flavors but it also made it feel a little sugary and unbalanced. Enjoyable and interesting beer overall, but probably not one of the better Bruery beers I've had recently.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 11/21/12 notes. Got 1 bottle of this in the Reserve Society this year. 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown color with a reddish tint, two fingers of off white head that leaves quickly, and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, fig, plums, cherries, bready malts. Lots of cherries which surprised me. Sweet but not too sweet; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums, fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, light cherries, light alcohol, and some caramel. Less cherries than the nose and very light alcohol, which I didn't notice in the nose at all. A slight step down but still pretty good.

m - Light to medium body and very low carbonation. Beer definitely seems to be undercarbonated, and would have liked the body to be a bit thicker.

o - Overall I was surprised how much I liked this one considering I had seem some people's reviews beforehand; I seemed to like it more than most I guess. I got a lot of cherries in the nose and sweet dark fruits throughout, but didn't think it was too sweet. My only knock on the beer was the mouthfeel. It was definitely undercarbonated, and would have liked it to be a bit thicker. The bottle said it was a barleywine but I felt it was more of a Belgian style dark ale; either way it was pretty good overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a murky amber color with a tan head. Caramel malt, toffee, light mineral quality, fruity, and grainy. There’s a bit of an unfermented malt aroma to this, too. A touch of grape fruitiness on the back end and mate some cherry. The flavor is a touch sugary and sweet. Toffee, mild caramel, bread, and toast. Light hop character, mineral and ferrous notes, and a hint of sweet fruit. Sort of a strange aroma and flavor profile, wasn’t a huge fan.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing on top. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with lots of apricots and dates. It smells pretty sweet but the burnt sugars and the fruit seem to balance that out a bit. The flavor is quite old aleish. Lots of sweet and caramelized sugars along with a hefty does of light and dark fruits. Prunes, plums, dates, raisins, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol meld into quite a flavorful brew. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I like this one, I wish I had some more to see how this develops.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clouded light brown with a reddish hint when held to the light. An initial surge of 2+ fingers of tan cap forms across the top and quickly fades to a thin film atop the brew. A light swirl brings forth a supporting film across the top and paint some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma initially is quite sweet more like belgian candy sugar than anything else. Some minor citrus quality and a touch of fruit to floral quality emerges. The maltiness is like caramel/toffee with a bit of earthy mineral elements. A bit of alcohol ester emerges as the brew warms up really driving home that focus on fruity tinges.

The taste is quite sweet like belgian candy sugar. Toffee, caramel, a hint of citrus, floral elements and fruit like dates, prunes, plums. A faint inclusion of herbal hops is present that transitions into a bit of earthy and minorly musty grain. As the brew warms up, the focus on alcohol increases along with a mild touch of vanilla.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate to light amount of carbonation. Visually the carbonation seems a bit lacking but in the mouth, it has some prickly feel. The alcohol is fairly evident for 8.5%. Overall this is a very sweet brew that seems like it didnt attenuate all the way or perhaps the process of throwing those rocks into the wort created unfermentable sugar that just doesn't quite do it for me. It is worth a try but not something I would seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 year old bottle. Fairly effervescent. Nice bronze color. Smell is dark fruits. Sweet. Flavor follows the same profile. Dates, raisin, fig, caramel. Zero signs of oxidation. Thin bodied. This was a great beer that aged fantastically. Probably peaking at this point. I'd drink it now if you can, or just send it my way :)

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poure an amber brown in color with burgundy highlights and a nice finger of fluffy head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge caramel aroma upfront with plenty of dark fruit character such as figs, raisins and dates but also sniffed burnt sugars semi booze and a touch of brown sugar.

T: the caramel character was just as potent on the palate like the nose suggested alongside toffee, brown sugar, dates, raisins, fig fruit, but with a little sweet burnt sugar, well balanced booze and a touch of underlying cherry flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slightly boozy, dark fruity and sticky finish,

O. Really was digging this beer which kind of reminded me of a belgian Quad.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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