Stony Joe | Stony Creek Brewery

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Stony Creek Brewery
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stony Joe is a Golden Mocha Stout. It is designed like a traditional Milk Stout but without using the typical roasted dark malts. Instead we use a boat load of rich, decadent golden colored English barley, flaked barley, flaked oats, and flaked wheat to give it lush body and smooth sweetness. We then ferment it on Cocoa Nibs and add fresh locally roasted Guatemalan Coffee, directly to the fermenter. We are excited to partner with Redding Roasters Coffee Company of Bethel, CT on this mind bending beer.

Added by WillieThreebiers on 02-04-2016

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by jkeefe1800:
Photo of jkeefe1800
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Onemoresolo
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sample bottle from sales rep,:

Golden, clear body. It smells and tastes like beer that's been run through a coffee pot full of Folgers. I'm surprised that I'm the first negative review here; I just don't get what you guys are getting here that I'm not.

The coffee is not integrated at all. The beer tastes like budget pre-ground coffee, and comes across as a harsh single note against the PBR-esque base beer. Incredibly underwhelming.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty bright copper color. No head to speak of.
Coffee aroma, a little bit of cocoa, a little bit of grain.
Strong coffee taste. Could even say overwhelming coffee taste, because that is all I got.
Light to medium-bodied.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into the mug at the brewery yesterday afternoon, Stony Joe comes out a shade darker than the Cranky my friend ordered. Amber with copper hues, decent head falls down to a ring.

Smell is coffee husk, grainy, bitter, with some underlying malt notes. Taste is actually really solid, starts out sweet with those oats and malts, nice creaminess to it, some fruit notes, finishes bitter and earthy with a nice coffee flavor here, but not super in your face. Very balanced approach using the coffee and sweetness, I actually like this one a lot and it's a solid offering.

Body can be a bit heavy so some points off there. This is a bit of a style bending beer, it's not the traditional dark stout, but more of a blonde ale with oats and wheat. Can a beer still be called a stout without the use of roasted malt? I personally don't think so.

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Photo of bottmfeedr
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Soccerski54
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I give this beer extra points for its fluid appearance which is a golden tint as opposed to the dark opaque brown usually associated with stouts. The lack of head and minimal lace are disappointing. There is no distinctive smell. The feel is like - well - regular beer: nothing special. This beer would be so much better if it had a creamy head. The taste - it has a distinctive light roast coffee flavor similar to the Mexican Chiapas coffee beans. Overall, it is like a light stout. Very interesting - unique - one of a kind - great mellow flavor.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a golden bronze color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Sly rings of white semi-foamy lace. The aroma had a very nice blend of sweet mocha, coffee and, milk chocolate, roasted nuts and toast. The flavor blended the roast to the sweet very nicely. Light dry toastiness leads in the aftertaste and then shows in a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about light to medium on the body. Some grittiness seems to grip my tongue but the misleading feature in all of this is the cloying feel along my tongue. Overall, aromas and flavor are very on par and above, but the feel, ah, damn, if only the feel, I really thought Stony Creek nailed an exceptional one but alas.

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Photo of Gmann
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep honey golden color with a creamy off white head that settled into a ring.

The aroma is fresh ground coffee. Very inviting. Perhaps some cocoa scents.

The taste is of ground coffee and cocoa. While the malt is prevelent it is neutral letting the coffee shine.

The feel is full with semi prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a light coffee like bitterness in the finish.

Very good coffee forward beer. A bit one note but good none the less.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 18, 2017.

It pours an unfiltered or hazy looking golden yellow underneath a large, lasting frothy white head. Sediments floating about.

The aroma has a cocoa and coffee character with an orange fruitiness behind that and some corn.

The body is about medium and creamy.

I get a creamy, coffee taste with a hint of cocoa and ending with a mildly bitter finish. The sweetness is there for the entire experience.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is a dark golden with a thin white head.

Lots of coffee on the aroma maybe a little lactose sugar at the end.

Taste is a sometimes discordant balance of golden ale and coffee milk with each shining through at odd times.

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Photo of Tbone2131
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peter1977
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Home Plate in Norton, MA.

This one pours a light golden clear color, with a small head and no lacing.

Smells like oatmeal cookies, chocolatey coffee, sugar cookie, and toffee.

This comes pretty close to approximating a stout. The coffee flavor is very nice, roasty, chocolate and caramel flavors abound. The oats actually provide flavor, this reminds me of an oatmeal cookie dipped in coffee with lots of creamer. There's no roastiness to remind me of a stout, but the flavors are nonetheless really nice.

This is light bodied but not thin, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

This style is usually pretty wacky but I dug it a lot.

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Photo of Ymeunier
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color of the beer was a surprise to me.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peemoney
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A delicious brew from Stony Creek. I haven't found anything on their line up that I have enjoy until now. So nice. Looks are so deceiving with this one. I drank 5 between snowboard runs and wasn't too full to enjoy the slopes!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/15/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong coffee, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong smoky roasted coffee bean flavor followed by a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel come into the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Stony Joe from Stony Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 97 ratings