Favorite and least favorite beer from Stone

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  1. sczaplicki

    sczaplicki Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2009 California

    Favorite: Southern Charred
    Least favorite: Tie between Old Guardian (I've tried fresh and vintages and this particular beer disgusts me) and Go To IPA
  2. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California

    I've always found stone to be "masters" of okay or less than okay specialty/one off beers.So not counting their Crime or punishment or BA barley wines etc… I would say
    Enjoy by / RIS ….Ethier
    Stone porter vanilla bean / Old Guardian…

    Don't really drink enough of their stuff to know Besides Enjoy by and RIS(which I love) I feel I can always get a better beer for the style from others.
  3. APH

    APH Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2013 Ohio

    I've only had 4 of their brews, so I might as well rank them all:

    1. Espresso IRS
    2. Enjoy By
    3. IPA
    4. Oaked Arrogant Bastard

    Honestly, they're all winners. The Espresso IRS might be my favorite beer of all-time. Definitely top-3. The Enjoy By is up there, too. It's one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

    It seems I always pass their stuff up because it's always available to me. I usually end up getting something limited or a seasonal from another brewery instead and end up regretting it. Not anymore. I'm gonna make a concentrated effort to get more of their offerings, especially with all the variety packs they've came out with recently. I haven't been disappointed yet.
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  4. Asics

    Asics Disciple (370) Jul 28, 2012 Washington

    Most favorite was the first batch of Ruination 10th Anniversary or Enjoy By,

    Least favorite was the Suede Imperial Porter collaboration. Tasted like coffee, flowers and perfume.
  5. DemoniChris

    DemoniChris Disciple (346) Jun 4, 2013 Nebraska

    Favorite: Sublimely Self Righteous / Enjoy By

    Worst: Stone Pale Ale
  6. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Favorite is Enjoy By or Sublimely (can't decide)
    Least is Double Bastard
  7. CDBeerDisappear

    CDBeerDisappear Savant (902) Dec 28, 2005 Ohio
    Society Trader

    I LOVE Ruination!

    Haven't had any that I didn't like but I'm pretty sure that if I had tried the stout with anise I would not like it. I HATE that stuff.
  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Society Trader

    I like their special release IPA's a lot, and fresh Ruination, their flagship IPA not so much and is totally forgettable. Don't like Double Bastard, way too sweet, a mess IMO.
  9. 3sheets2wind

    3sheets2wind Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Texas

    Negging stone out now but TBA was awful. I'm one of seven that liked crime though
  10. SourMeTimber

    SourMeTimber Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 Virginia

    Punishment is the worst beer I have ever had.
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  11. IPAdams

    IPAdams Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Illinois

    Favorite: Double Bastard

    Least: Vanilla Porter.
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  12. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,375) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: SSRA
    Least Fav: Double Bastard or Levitatation
  13. fredmugs

    fredmugs Meyvn (1,484) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Favorite: Espresso
    Least: Not going to waste my time figuring which of the gimmicky beers I wasted my time on s the worst.
  14. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    Are you kidding me!? That's a no-brainer! It's gotta be a 1987 Buick Grand National GNX. Least favorite was the Reatta... oh wait, this isn't Buick Advocate!
  15. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire

    Favorite: Sublimely, Arrogant Bastard (and Oaked and Lukcy), Enjoy By
    Least: 17th Anniversary IPA (Gotterdammerung)
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  16. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,386) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Haven't had a bad beer from them, but nothing that 'wowed' me either. I do enjoy the Levitation Ale.
  17. Ericness

    Ericness Initiate (134) Nov 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    Favorites: Sublimely Self Righteous, Enjoy By, Double Bastard, More Brown than Black IPA (sadly a one-off colab)

    Leasts: Vanilla Bean Porter, Crime, Punishment (with Crime and Punishment being undrinkable).
  18. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Fav: IPA
    Least: Arrogant Bastard
  19. AleHunter805

    AleHunter805 Devotee (405) Mar 14, 2014 California

    There's a liquor store around down the street from my work that still has some bottles of More Brown Than Black. I think they were $3.99.
  20. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,686) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Favorite: RIS
    Least Favorite: Go To IPA

    Normally the idea of choosing a huge beer as my fave and a session beer as my least favorite would be absurd. However, their RIS is amazing (maybe even my favorite) and "session" IPA's are a big joke in my opinion. That one in particular is a major offender. Might as well just make a hop tea.
  21. Kjanisch7

    Kjanisch7 Initiate (147) Jun 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Favorite: Coffee IPA, RuinTen, Espresso Imperial Russian Stout and 4/20
    Least: Matt's Burning Rosids
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  22. audioserf

    audioserf Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Favorite: any Stone beer that isn't Belgo-Anise IRS
    Least Favorite (beer, of all time): Belgo-Anise IRS
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  23. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,107) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    Favorite is probably Ruinten, although Ruination is pretty damn good, too. Hell, I also liked this past year's anniversary beer a lot.

    Least favorite is easily Crime, as it's the only beer I've ever poured the majority of into a drain.
  24. Masters

    Masters Zealot (553) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Favorite: Any of their IPAS.

    Least: Crime, but it wasn't that bad just not for me
  25. busternuggz

    busternuggz Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Favorite of all time has to be the 12th anniversary bitter chocolate oatmeal stout. Tenth anniversary ruination was damn good too.

    Worst, if we're counting collaboration beers, would be the San Diego county session ale. Othrwise I might just go with the pale ale. Never cared for it.

    I actually liked the infamous belgo-anise IRS.
  26. Martinecu

    Martinecu Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2013 Georgia

    I had Stochasticity Grapefruit IPA last night and loved it. It is one of my top 5 Imperial IPA's.

    1. Lagunita's Maximus
    2. Green Flash West Coast IPA
    3. Cigar City Jai Alai
    4. Green Flash Red Rye IPA
    5. Stone Stochasticity Grapefruit IPA
  27. Fister

    Fister Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Louisiana

    Favorite: Enjoy By, Stochasticity

    Least: Call me crazy but their IPA and Sublimely Self Righteous
  28. ACGypsy

    ACGypsy Initiate (78) Mar 24, 2014 Texas

    Fav...Enjoy By
    Least...Grapefruit Slam
  29. johnInLA

    johnInLA Savant (913) Jun 12, 2005 California
    Society Trader

    At this point in time,

    Favorite: Enjoy By

    Least Favorite: (tie)
    Crime Lucky Bastard with Peppers Aged in Bourbon Barrels,
    Punishment Double Bastard with Peppers Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  30. Sazz9

    Sazz9 Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2012 Texas

    Favorite: Lucky Bastard or Oaked AB
    Least: Vanilla Porter or 16th Anni.
  31. kevanb

    kevanb Poo-Bah (2,447) Apr 4, 2011 Illinois
    Society Trader

    Favorite: Enjoy By (Fresh) or Old Guardian (Aged)

    Least Favorite: Belgo Anise IRS
  32. Badger72

    Badger72 Initiate (70) Mar 8, 2013 Louisiana

    Favorite: Ruinten
    Least favorite: Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA
  33. rather

    rather Aspirant (202) May 31, 2013 California

    fav, ruinten seasonal and year round probably aba or ssr
    least fav probably calibelgique I need to try it again but I recall it not being very good
  34. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Zealot (522) Dec 19, 2006 California

    From their core line-up:
    Favorite: Ruination IPA
    Least Favorite: None

    From their special releases:
    Favorite: Enjoy By
    Least Favorite: Stone Belgo Anise RIS
  35. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Devotee (419) Jul 27, 2013 Georgia

    Favorite: w00tstout and IRS.
    Least: Old gaurdian. Way too hoppy for a barleywine.
  36. tmm313

    tmm313 Devotee (488) Nov 6, 2011 Georgia

    Favorite: Ruination
    Least: Double Bastard
  37. imfromwisconsin

    imfromwisconsin Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2013 Rhode Island

    Favorite: Enjoy By
    Least: Punishment (kitschy); Arrogant Bastard
    Disappointed: Levitation; Stochasticity

    I do need to give Arrogant Bastard another try though as I think I had it too early on in my 'craft beer' life.

    Stochasticity was a disappointment as I wanted it to be cleaner on the palette -- I felt like it muddled/lingered on the back of my palette too bitter and negatively affected the rest of the experi too quickly.

    However in doing this, I realize that I pass over a lot of Stone beers -- likely due to price.
  38. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (460) Jan 2, 2010 California

    best ever: BA Macadamia Coconut Porter and BA RIS
    Worst: Belgo Anise RIS, Crime, Punishment
  39. Scope4Beer

    Scope4Beer Initiate (148) Sep 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: Southern Charred, Enjoy By, Sublimely Self Righteous, Bourbon Barrel Old Guardian. All I love for different reasons, but can't go wrong with any of them.
    Least: Belgo-Anise RIS. Just too much anise flavor for my tastes.
  40. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (293) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My favorite is probably a tie between Enjoy By and RuinTen (love that big boozy hop bomb!). Espresso IRS and Wootstout are up there too.

    Least favorite? I honestly have never had a beer I would consider "bad" from Stone, so I'm just gonna go with Levitation since it's the beer I drink the least from them.

    Edit: Actually that collabo beer they did with DfH and another brewery a few years back, it was brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (can't think of the name right now), that was pretty bad. That's my least favorite.
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