Your Father Smelt of Elderberries

California
United States
Your Father Smelt of Elderberries Stone Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Hearken, ye merry craft-ale imbibers, as we present thee an ale inspired by medieval England. This re-creation of a medieval English ale is a brew the Knights of the Round Table would have heartily enjoyed. A strong beer, it has intense bready malt character accompanied by herbal, earthy hop notes and mild smokiness. The addition of elderberries imparts subtle blueberry-like flavor, while flaked oats and pale, amber and smoked malts mirror grains used by English brewers hundreds of years ago. It’s a beer inspired by the Middle Ages, but perfect for enjoying in the 21st century.

Profile

ABV: 
10.3%
IBUs: 
50
Hops: 
English Goldings,Target
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Amberm Mild Ale, Peated Oats, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The only information that I was given about this beer was that it was a "medieval fruit beer" brewed with elderberries. The aroma started off with a malty sweetness with no hop presence in the nose. This beer was gorgeous, with a very nice, clear, reddish glow and was quite carbonated and effervescent in the glass. The first sip featured an intense alcohol blast followed by a nice malty sweetness, well-balanced bittering hops and slight roasted caramel notes. Despite elderberries being mentioned in this beer's name, I didn't pick up any aromas or flavors featuring the fruit. Although interesting, this beer suffers from solvent flavors (fusel alcohols) that often occur when beers of this caliber have way too much of an alcohol character. Although attractive and intriguing, this Experimental Beer was a bit too harsh, finishing with a slight burning sensation at the back of the throat.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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