Stone/Bruery/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado

Wow, is that a mouthful. Anyway, as one might have guessed, this is yet another collaboration beer under Stone’s banner, this time with the Bruery and Elysian. At this point, who HASN’T Stone collaborated with – that is the question!

These Stone collaborations often like to fly the freak flag with some funky ingredients, and “LCCdC” seems like no exception. We are looking at a dark brown beer, 5% ABV. And get this…’s brewed with:

-toasted fenugreek
-lemon verbena
-birch bark

It is, as they say, a “veritable cornucopia.” The bottle explicitly tells me to “drink fresh, do not age,” so I’m doing just that.

Definitely darker than I expected. It looks, and smells, somewhat roasty. In fact, in the nose, I get the typical American Porter aromas of baking chocolate and dark-roast coffee.

These Stone collaborations often become an exercise in “can the Miami Malt Bomb pick out all these exotic ingredients?” In this case, I have to say that I can’t. I taste no pumpkin, no yams….nay on the toasted fenugreek and birch bark as well. I do get some lemon zest, as well as further citric hop bitterness and roasted character.

You know what this tastes like to me? A hoppy porter, or even a Black IPA. Tasty, but in my opinion not overly unique. I think the hops and lemon verbena flavors, both very typical flavor attributes of craft beer, are overpowering the more exotic ingredients. I think I’d like to taste the hops dialed down several notches – this would allow more flavor from the oddball adjuncts to emerge.

Go ahead and try it if you see it, but I wouldn’t expect a New Taste Sensation. The reviews on this one were mixed, but I fall squarely in the middle, which disappoints me. It’s fun to talk about bold, crazy polarizing flavors, and I’m just not noting much of that.

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