Stone Beer (2009-2011) | Stone & Wood

9 Ratings

Brewed by:
Stone & Wood

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brendan13 on 11-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very malty, like a bock, with caramel and what seems to be melanoidin malt. Little else, just some soft alcohol.
Flavours are similarly malty, with more creamy caramel and melanoidin malt, finishing with a weak bitterness.
Carbonation is very powerful, but at least it goes someway to dry out the finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spicelab
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany with a large sudsy off-white head. Falls slowly leaving decent lace trails and a raised ring.

Toffee and bready malts, bark and generic cereal grain. Mild sweet citrus hop character, mainly tangerine.

Pretty similar, but with no appearance from the hops. Becomes a bit one-dimensional. Essentially a grainy, wooded toffee combo.

Pretty silky with some carbonation vibrancy and a slightly bitter dry finish.

Nothing offensive in this, but also nothing in particular compelling you to drink it, which for a lager is hard to ignore.

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Photo of Macca
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear dark amber with a generous beige head that hangs around.

Aromas are toffee and caramel and something yeasty.

Some nice malty flavours with the caramel coming through strongly.

High carbonation. Nice bitterness at the end.

An interesting beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an earthy red colour with minimal beige head, fairly cloudy with trails of lace, clear body. Not much to report, really, but looks OK.

Smell is uneventful. Kind of organic, almost savoury, with some grainy notes and an odd sour-mash-whiskey kind of note, like roast but without any burnt bitterness to it. Bit underwhelmed by this, nothing offensive though.

Taste is quite grainy, starts with an earthiness that is kind of reminiscent of clay, develops into malty mid-palate with English toffee malt and a fair bit of fresh grass. Touch of coffee really and a hint of spice on the back with pepper and some ground cumin character. Dry, almost aniseedy touch to the back. Very decent palate, balanced and enjoyable if nothing outstanding.

Kind of ginger-ale-esque in its feel, in the way it kind of pulls the mouth back with more than just carbonation. Bit thin, but not bad.

Not an exciting brew for all its hype, kind of a slightly more interesting English style palate, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 release, again brewed with superheated stones. Picked up a couple of bottles at Camperdown Cellars on Parramatta Rd, Camperdown.

Pours a deep burnished mahogany colour, bright but clear. Head requires a little encouragement to form, and then settles to a rather cracked film of large bubbles. Lacing is good. Not a bad look, but a little uninspiring.

Nose is lovely and grainy, with good toasted bread charaters and a lilting hint of slightly grassy, perhaps European hops. Quite a savoury nose, all up, and one that excites the hunger pangs.

Taste is also good, with roasted grain characters coming through with a touch of the char to them, but staying very light and clean throughout. Fragrant hints of honey and a light melon hint peek around at the very end of the palate. Smooth and malty, but with a crispness and very light clean finish. Feel is a little too weak as a result, but it aids the drinkability.

Very nice brew, and one brewed with true craft. I'm still waiting for S&W to really challenge me (surely you can do something a bit more wacky and out-there with a yearly release), but maybe it's good they stick to brewing solid, drinkable beers.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew comes in a 500ml brown bottle with a brown label and on the side gives a spiel about how this brew is made and one part of it states"we add wood fired stones to the kettle to rouse the boil and caramelise the brew" obviously hence the name anyway it pours a deep copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and some little lacing here and there,the smell is very malty and bready with also a touch of toffee and some hops,if this is sposed to be a dunkel the mouthfeel is not up to standard as it is way too thin for the style but netherless very sessionable and has tastes of caramel,toffee and a tinge of hop bitterness right at the end,overall ive had worse but i have had better too and compared to the first drop i tried from this brewery i do think they are slowly heading in the right direction and will be interested to see what they bring out next.

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear copper colour with 3cm of off white head that falls fairly fast.
S - Toffee is the first componant followed by some bready and vauge earthy, herbal notes.
T - Toffee and bready malt flavours dominate the taste.
M - Lowish carbonation with a medium body.
D - A tasty enough beer even if may a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a big, thick, fluffy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Bready, malty aroma with some fruity notes. A touch earthy. Very much a Munich Dunkel.

Malty and slightly toasted. Hints of roast. Earthy. There's also a hint of something fruity in the background. Very nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

I really like this and it is an improvement over the tap version I had 18 months ago. The flavours are crisp and strong with the slight roast and some hop character been very good.

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Stone Beer (2009-2011) from Stone & Wood
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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