Stone Spotlight: Imperial Mutt Brown Ale

Stone Spotlight: Imperial Mutt Brown Ale

Brown Ale
9%
45
Drew Neldon, Brewing Supervisor, Stone Brewing Co.
Steve Via, Brewer, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone brewers Drew Neldon and Steve Via won this year’s annual in-house Stone Spotlight Series brewing competition with this hefty brown ale—an impressive result considering that one of them had never encountered a brown ale he liked before tasting this one. Given layers of flavor from Vienna, Victory and Chocolate Wheat malts, and warming, refined sweetness from Honey Malt and turbinado sugar, it’s a rich and soothing beer brewed with respect to traditional English methods and New World innovation. The British-American bulldog of the craft beer world? Perhaps. Best in Show? Absolutely.

April 13, 2015
22oz Bottles & Draft
87
Magnum & East Kent Golding

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Deep brown with a tan-colored head.
Aroma
Light coffee notes plus a strong bready and fruity presence from the English yeast, as well as hints of vanilla and anise.
Taste
Light-roasted malt and coffee flavors, followed by toffee malt notes, hints of molasses and a yeasty fruitiness. The beer is medium to full bodied, a little sweet and very smooth with a mildly dry finish.
Overall
When we tasted this beer during the judging session, several of us were impressed by how “English” this beer tasted. It reminded us of the fantastic yeast aromas one gets when walking into an historic Victorian English brewery. Now that we’ve brewed it on our big system, that yeast character shines, and so does the interesting blend of malts. The “Mutt” name comes from Drew and Steve’s attempt to combine the best of an altbier with a classic brown ale recipe. As such, the beer uses an English yeast strain but is brewed primarily with German malts: Vienna as the base malt with chocolate wheat malt and some Honey malt. The malts combine with turbinado sugar to create a pleasant molasses-tinged sweetness.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Merguez sausages, lamb kabobs, Maytag blue cheese-stuffed figs, candied pecans
Soups
Creamy wild rice and mushroom soup; carrot, ginger and coconut soup; carbonnade à la Flamande (Flemish beef stew); pork and ancho chili stew
Entrées
Prime rib, vegetarian shepherd’s pie, coffee-rubbed pork loin, mushroom ragout, green curry
Cheeses
Montgomery Aged Cheddar, Point Reyes Blue, Hook’s Blue Paradise, Ewephoria Sheep Milk Gouda
Desserts
Treacle pudding, chocolate chip cookies, tiramisu, pecan pie
Cigars
Crowned Head Jericho Hill, Padrón 1964 Anniversary, Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9