Stone Brewing Co.’s latest Stochasticity Project beer is Stochasticity Project: Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries. As described by Stone Brewing:
Bready malt and herbal hop flavors get along merrily with the pinch of tartness from the beer’s berry character. It’s a modern, 10.3% alcohol-by-volume take on a historic English ale the Knights of the Round Table would have heartily enjoyed.
Style: Ancient Ale
We analyzed this beer from a bottle for our review. Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries pours a dark reddish color with subtle purple highlights. Your nose is immediately hit with a smoky aroma mixed with dark fruits, bread and little bit of alcohol.
Now despite the fact that we only recently crash landed on this planet, we have been here long enough to have experienced the wonders of Monty Python and we totally love the name of this beer because of that. That being said, we had hopes of stronger elderberry flavor when we took our first sip. The elderberry flavor is there, but it is kind of overpowered by the malts. We understand that the malts were used to attempt to recreate the grains used in England hundreds of years ago, but we just wish that Stone had decided to up the elderberry a bit more. The hops in this beer play a strong role in the flavor but not so much as to be “too hoppy” if you are not a hoppy beer fan. All together, the complex flavors work well and create yet another successful addition to the Stone Stachasticity Project.
As the Stone Stachasticity Project continues, we are always excited to see what odd wonders Stone presents and we look forward to the next installment.
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