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Stone x Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez x Abnormal Neapolitan Dynamite

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. x Paul Bischeri & Patrick Martinez x Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout brewed w/ chocolate, vanilla, strawberries and coffee. 2017 Stone collaborations

Brewer Description: (from bottle) An Imperial Stout scooped from the freezer into your glass. At Stone Brewing we are proud to partner with the American Homebrewers Association to host a chapter member rally and homebrew competition in the commons at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Every year for the last 8 years, San Diego region AHA members have submitted their homebrews to be judged by their peers, and a team of Stone folk (that always includes Steve and Greg, natch). The prize? A chance to strut their stuff in front of craft beer fans on the national stage. You hold in your hands the most recent winner. Finding inspiration in that humble box of striped ice cream from our childhoods. Neapolitan Dynamite is an intense Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla, strawberries and chocolate, revved up with a shot of coffee to fuel the ultimate dance contest on your palate, gosh! You seem this specialty Imperial Stout is the Rex Kwon Do of Imperial Stouts. It’s got nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills AND bow hunting skills. Pair this dynamite stout with life’s finer things, like quesadillas, tater tots and freestyle dancing. This also answers the eternal question: Can you pair a stout with a liger? Hell yes you can. We just did.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a bottled on date of 25th August 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a nice one finger brown head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Coffee with light melted and mixed Neapolitan ice cream.
Taste: Lightly sweet beginning as coffee dominates followed closely by vanilla and roasty malts. The strawberry and chocolate are lurking around in the background before a finish that is lightly bitter from the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was quite nice but not quite Neapolitan enough for me as only the coffee and vanilla dominates the aroma and flavours while the strawberry and chocolate were not strong enough. I’m a big fan of mixing melted Neapolitan ice cream, so that was what I was hoping for. Body was also thinner than I hoped for, but not too much of a problem. I may seem a bit overly critical here, but it really is quite good and enjoyable.

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Threes x Alefarm Misnomer

Brewery: Threes Brewing x Alefarm Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8.2%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: Not much information available, but from what I can gather: “Hop Dust, Coconut Tropical Extract, Superfruit, Cornucopia, Soft. Collaboration with Alefarm.”

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 18th October 2017 and printed “make it right”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy mango orange colour with a one and a half finger fluffy white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Nice fruity grapefruit, pineapple and mango.
Taste: Lightly bitter grapefruit and lightly sweet pineapple and mango along with some grass, pine and a hint of coconut on the backend.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: My first Threes Brewing (although not Alefarm) beer and it’s nice, juicy and highly drinkable. Can’t wait to try more.

Finback x Barrier Currency

Brewery: Finback Brewery x Barrier Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.6%
Style: Rye Beer
Other Notes: Hops – Denali, Apollo, Ekuanot and 007

Brewer Description: (from can) Rye IPA dry hopped with Denali, Apollo, Ekuanot and 007. Brewed with our buddies Barrier Brewing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date printed on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy bright golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Orange, grapefruit, pomelo flesh and pineapple with a hint of mango.
Taste: Pineapple, lemon zest, pine, herbal tea and lightly spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good, but heavier than expected.

Finback x Fuerst Wiacek All Caps

Brewery: Finback Brewery x Fuerst Wiacek
Country: USA
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Melba, Citra and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from can) IPA dry hopped with Melba, Citra and Mosaic. Brewed in collaboration with our friend Fuerst Wiacek.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date printed on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy and tropical mango, peach, apricot, pineapple and lemon zest.
Taste: Not what I was expecting given the aroma. Just pineapple from the tropical side along with citrus lemon and lime with perhaps some grassy, herbal and floral notes. Finish is lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great tropical aromas which didn’t translate in the taste, although still quite nice and definitely refreshing. Just not as ‘juicy’ as I had hoped for given the wonderful aroma.

Finback x Alefarm Whale Farm

Brewery: Finback Brewery x Alefarm Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Citra, Mosaic and Enigma

Brewer Description: (from can) Double IPA dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Enigma. Brewed with our friends Alefarm Brewing.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date printed on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy bright golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some lacing.
Aroma: Very tropical beginning and citrusy finish with lots of mango, peach, apricot, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Mango, peach, apricot, sweet mandarin orange, citrus pith and light pine with a touch of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Very nice juiciness in both the aroma and taste. It would have been even better if it could completely hide the slight booze I got in the taste every now and then. But otherwise, it was great DIPA.