Stone Drew & Steve’s Imperial Mutt Brown Ale
Stone Drew & Steve’s Imperial Mutt Brown Ale is an English Brown Ale (sort of), 9% ABV. Released in Spring of 2015, this is a part of the Spotlight Series. And this year’s winners were… you guessed it, Drew & Steve! This Brown Ale is actually a hybrid of an Altbier and a Brown Ale. Drew & Steve used an English yeast strain and mostly German malts, hence the “mutt” in the name Imperial Mutt Brown Ale. (Stone does confirm on the bottle that there are no dogs in the beer)
The pour is a good bit darker than your average brown ale, with a creamy off-white head. I am really digging the aroma on this, getting a little chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fruity dark fruits and some molasses as well. The taste is full and rich, very complex for a Brown Ale. Medium roasted malts, a little bit of that coffee and once again molasses. A little toffee and some dark fruits come out mid-taste. The finish is a little bitter with a sting of alcohol.
Brown Ales, generally speaking, are not my favorite unless there is something really interesting going on. This is one of those times, complex and delicious!