Tasting Some Beers at Stone Company’s Oceanside Store’s 3rd Anniversary
The Oceanside store of the Stone Company recently celebrated its third anniversary. With a special variety of beers available on-tap, it was worth visiting. On my way back up from San Diego on Friday afternoon, I stopped into the store to try out some great brews.
I had one really tasty flight of five beers. Had I not been continuing to drive, I would have certainly enjoyed a second flight! I started off with the Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels with extra yeast (9.4% ABV). Let me start off by saying that while I like IPAs and I like Belgian beers, I have been consistently disappointed by Stone’s Cali-Belgique IPA. However, this version was significantly better. I enjoyed its lovely yeasty nose, somewhat dry, along with somewhat dry taste. Not a noticeably hoppy beer, but the added yeast certainly was a lovely addition to the regular Cali-Belgique IPA.
Next up, I had the Ruination 2.0 Double Dry Hopped with Amarillo hops (8.5% ABV). Not that I am a particular fan of Amarillo hops, though I found it to be a delightfully dank beer, yet pleasantly light-bodied, as well. This imbalance between the very danky hoppiness and the light-bodiedness of the beer made it quite enjoyable for this beer drinker. I enjoyed it so much I took home a 2 liter growler of it!
Next up, I had both of the w00tstouts on tap. I started with the Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2015) (13% ABV), which I found to be smoothly malty, prominent coffee notes, and great mouthfeel, both smooth and nicely carbonated. A great beer! I then had the Stone w00tstout 2.0 (13.5% ABV), which I also found to be a great beer: big, boozy, and smooth. Coffee notes, but also maybe some oak – great! There were some slight differences between the two w00tstouts, but they were both incredibly enjoyable, although I kind of liked the 2015 w00tstout a little bit better (and took home a 1 liter growler of it).
I then finished up with the Aqua Dog (12.3% ABV), a barleywine blend with cocoa nibs and pink peppercorns, aged in wine barrels, which I found to be malty, boozy, and big. This beer also gives off its barley character quite noticeably. If I had to do it over again, I would not have ended my drinking with this beer, since the w00tstouts were not only big beers, but also a more enjoyable and sweet taste to them than the Aqua Dog. As someone who enjoys barleywines – and the Old Guardian Barleywine is no exception – I should have opted to have had this beer before those.
I’m very glad I happened to be heading back up to Long Beach to stop in the Oceanside Stone Company Store to try out these special releases of Stone brews!