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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10 Video Beer Review

This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09 Video Beer Review

This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. Rich vanilla beans add a nice counter to the chocolate malt – actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish is smooth, with additional traces of vanilla and toasted characters from French Oak. The goal for this edition of the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series is to be reminiscent of artisanal chocolates accentuated with orange. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08 Video Beer Review

The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer! Read More »

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 128

And yes that is how they spell “lukcy”. Lukcy Basartd is a dry-hopped meeting-of-the-Bastards in a in-the-fermenter-blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale…with a perfect balance of the essence of OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale. All in all, one awesome Bastard. Lukcy Basartd Ale will be released in November and should be available in many of the enlightened locations where the liquid Arrogance is typically found. This is a ‘once only’ special release commemorating the 13 year anniversary of when Arrogant Bastard Ale was first released upon the unsuspecting public. That is, ‘once only’ unless we decide to make it again. Read More »

Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 127

One of the most sought after beers of 2010 this monster of an imperial stout really blew my mind as far as the amount of flavor that can go into a beer. Check out the video below for my full look at this epic beer. Each year at the festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoy hundreds of wood aged beers. Goose Island poured this beer at the 2009 fest, and drinkers loved it so much we decided we had to bottle it. We hope you enjoy it as well. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Kern River Brewing Co. Class V Stout Video Beer Review

“Not for the Timid” There is nothing traditional about Class V Stout. It is a sweet stout that is characterized by its dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aromas and flavors. It has a higher alcohol content of 8%, so don’t let the smooth taste fool you; this beer is “Not for the Timid!” Read More »