Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise

Stochasticity Project Master of Disguise

Some illusions and misnomers lead to life’s most delightful surprises. Case in point—this beer, the yang to the yin that is the black India pale ale. Once revolutionary for its onyx appearance, it is now an accepted and beloved member of the India pale ale family. Thus we took the spirit of a dark beer—the time-honored stout—and applied a similar science of thought, brewing it to be golden-hued. Cocoa and coffee beans impart roastiness sans darkening to this brew, while flaked oats provide an enveloping mouthfeel. The result is a stout that looks more like a blonde, but is a raven beauty at heart.

November 17, 2014
Imperial Golden Stout
9.7%
22oz Bottles & Draft
55
Liberty & Nugget

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours deep gold, with a light tan head.
Aroma
Coffee aromatics dominate. Roasted notes and cocoa play in the background until the beer warms in the glass, and then they are pleasantly apparent, along with fruity esters from the yeast and hints of vanilla.
Taste
At first, the flavor is mostly coffee and fruity esters from the fermentation. As the flavor progresses, more cocoa comes out, along with a balanced bitterness.
Palate
Full-bodied and smooth
Overall
After we brewed Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, a black IPA, someone on the brewing team joked that our next beer should be a golden stout. We then used that joke for an April Fool’s gag one year, and I’ve been wondering if we could pull it off ever since. The resulting beer here is a rich strong ale with prevalent coffee and cocoa notes.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr" Bill Sysak
,
Craft Brew Ambassador
Appetizers
Bacon-wrapped dates, coconut shrimp, blue cheese-stuffed mushrooms, spiced pumpkin seeds
Soups
French onion, beef stew, lentil, chili con carne
Entrees
Lamp chops, coffee-rubbed venison, mushroom risotto, red lentil curry
Cheeses
Aged Cheddar, Maytag Blue, Grana Padano, Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue
Desserts
Brownies, vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, tiramisu
Cigars
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro, Liga Privada No. 9 by Drew Estate, Illusione MJ12 Maduro, Arturo Fuente Opus X