Stochasticity. Noun. – the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan, not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals, an attribute of stochastic systems; generally, a system that tends in probability to a limiting form that is independent of the initial conditions.
And so describes the next chapter in Stone Brewing Co.’s eclectic series called The Stochasticity Project: Your Father Smelt Of Elderberries. Described by Stone as a medieval-style ale brewed with elderberries. With previous release names like Hibiscusicity, Hifi+Lofi Mixtape, Vanna Necroplis, Grapefruit Slam IPA and Quadrotriticale, this one is sure to follow the interesting and wild mixed up beers that have been produced in this series.
First pour of this one reveals a deep mahogany color with a thin, off-white, slightly pinkish head and non-existent lacing. Head rapidly exits and temporarily leaves a thin light coating on top. And then. It’s gone.
Aromas of overripe cherries, blackberry, caramel, raw sugar and yeasty malt fight for dominance, with neither of them actually winning the battle.
There is of cherries, dark fruits, black pepper, spice, biting hops, yeast and some light smoke. As for the mouthfeel, it is coating, yet very dry and tannic, like a bold red wine, yet still allowing a bit of the berry flavor and sweetness to peek through at the end. Carbonation is light, but seems appropriate for the style. As the beer warms, the alcohol makes itself a little more known, as it was well hidden during the early stages of consumption.