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Stone Brewing Offers Cigar Friendly Brews

Andrew Nagy
Posted: June 3, 2011

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Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine ($5.99-$6.99, 12 percent alcohol by volume)

Appearance: Reddish copper, half a finger of head

Aroma: Unripe banana, raisins, tang, wheat, slight toffee

Palate: Bananas, toasty, slight rum, overall a very fruity finish.

Stone BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout ($5.99-$6.99, 10.5 percent alcohol by volume)

Appearance: Black, finger of head

Aroma: Licorice, zest of citrus

Palate: Boozy chocalate, nougat, tropical fruit (young pomegranate)

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Comments   5 comment(s)

Christian A June 5, 2011 10:36am ET

I've been pairing the regular Stone Imperial Russian Stout with cigars for years. I've always found that it stands up to smokes and enhances flavors from both. Always pleased to see Stone creating and realizing the pleasure of tastes.

John Law — Philadelphia, PA, USA,  —  June 6, 2011 4:48pm ET

Looks like some mighty tasty beers. Is that date for the next cigar and beer pairing confirmed? It's not up on the Stone site yet and I'd love to be able to go since I'll be in the area that week.


The Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite style of beer. I also really enjoy barley wines. I, however, prefer to pair my cigars with sour or wild ales. But I can't wait to get my hands on this year's Stone Russian Imperial Stout. Please cigar aficionado do more coverage on craft beer!!

Scott Butcher June 15, 2011 10:24pm ET

What about Highway 78(scotch ale) from Stone?

Joe Dyer — Riverside, CA, USA,  —  July 8, 2011 8:53pm ET

Stone is a great brewery. There beers that are brewed with high amounts of malt are perfect for pairing with cigars. You might also want to check out Alaskan's smoked porter. Their malts are smoked in smokehouse right accross the street from the brewery. It is a limited batch and is only released once a year though so get it while you can, and age a few bottles if you can keep yourself from drinking them

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