Before we begin, this beer needs some background information. Here is the official description of Stochasticity Project Graniac from Stone Brewing Co.:
This hoppy, deep amber-hued beer was created to shine a light on rare, unexplored grains seldom used in the brewing world. In addition to barley, wheat, rye and triticale, we added malted millet and malted buckwheat to bring the total unique grain count to nine. The earthy, nutty notes of granola found in this experimental multigrain malt bomb are complemented by the citrusy, piney flavors of four classic American hops. We dry-hopped the beer with Cascade and Centennial hops at the end, adding more citrus notes and rounding out the grain bill’s rich, bready character.
This beer had its share of controversy inside Stone. If you’re wondering about its unusual label, the whole story is on The Stone Blog.
OK, now on to what we thought of this beer. Stochasticity Project Graniac, as Stone explained, is amber in color with an off-white head that stays sitting atop the beer. What surprised us the most about the first sip was the complexity of the flavors and the layers they create during the tasting experience.
There is obviously a lot of malt and bread flavors but the addition of the granola added a nice nutty overtone and then, of course, Stone did make this beer, so there are hops. Stone used hops that give off both citrus and pine flavors which combine with the sweet malts to produce one of their most complex beer ever. Each sip teases your tongue with a different dominant flavor that quickly switches to the supporting tastes.
For some of you humans, this beer might be too “busy” with too many layers, but we urge you to at least experience this beer as this is truly unique. We salute the brewing staff at Stone for their efforts on Stochasticity Project Graniac.
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