Stone Aleman 2 Brothers Dayman
Tasting: April 5, 2013
Beer #: 453
I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed the level of craft beer hysteria like I experienced this past week with the arrival of Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS). Jonathan from Gary’s Wine in Wayne told me that one woman stood in the store for three hours waiting for the delivery truck to arrive just so she could have a single twelve ounce bottle. He also told me how he was subjected to the anger from a number of customers that missed out. At the Wine & Beverage Depot in Totowa, the usually friendly staff distanced themselves from the lone case in owner’s office as if it was covered in maggots. It’s disappointing to see that a great beer brings such a terrible backlash on those just trying to do a job.
Amid this hysteria was the release of another limited release beer that quietly arrived on the same beer trucks as KBS. This is another collaboration installment headed up by Stone Brewing. This time they’ve teamed up with a trio of Chicago pals that plan to open a brew pub in the windy city — called “Aleman”. The friends won a brewing contest in Chicago that was judged by none other than Stone’s Greg Koch. As usual, Stone brings in a brewer that specializes in the key ingredient — this time it’s Two Brothers Brewing to lend a hand with the coffee element. Also worthy of note, this one’s title is purportedly an homage to the cult TV classic — “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. A recurring musical element in the show is a song titled “Dayman” which is a takeoff on “Green Man”.
Enough of the rambling and onto the Stone Aleman 2 Brothers Dayman. Amazing coffee aroma in a bronze colored pour. My first sip and that strong roasted coffee flavor shines through. I thought I might find strong malt and citric backbone to match up with the coffee – but at least the citrus flavor isn’t there. The malt lends a nice balance and creamy mouthfeel. This is a totally unique use of coffee. Not much in the way on hop bitterness. A little research confirms the IBU at only 42 (low bitterness). While I’m there — 8.7% ABV. I’ll put this one at 90 points. I had two iced teas with dinner and I’m finishing this coffee IPA at about 10:00 PM – I guess I shouldn’t expect to fall right to sleep tonight.
Speaking of limited release beer with a TV show connection, New York’s Ommegang released a tribute beer called “Game of Thrones”. As if the KBS hysteria wasn’t bad enough, I hear that this one has caused additional headaches for my favorite beer store employees. I toast them and hope we will see a day when the supply meets the demand.