Stone & Wood The Gatherer

Total Score: 6/10 mint1Watermelon1Cucumber1Nonicpint1

Yes, yes, for those of you who recall my The Forager review – I remarked that the next in this series of limited release “foraged ingredient” beers by Stone & Wood would have to be pretty damn interesting for me to review… i.e. The Forager was a bit of a disappointment. However this The Gatherer has watermelon, my favouritested of all fruits! And cucumber/mint – also pretty good. So here goes, can Stone & Wood make a comeback with this thus far lame duck of a brew series? Or will they cock (as in rooster) it up? Continue reading this review for the possibility of more animal puns… [corgi I’m looking forward to it!]

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Whale what have we got here: cloudy pale straw yellow body with a nice white 1 centimetre cappuccino foam head that slowly dissolves into a thin foamy blanket. Looks decent, good colour, nice cloudy yeastiness going on. Doc approves. 8/10.

S: Mint straight up – like some sort of beer Mojito, a beermito if you will. Background hints of cucumber, watermelon and a green/floral/herbal hop touch. It’s all very muted and chillaxed brah, as much to be expected from S&W. I would be lion if I didn’t want a bit more of an aroma hit, oh well. 5/10.

T: Odd melange this watermelon/mint/cucumber combo – it comes through as per the label yet it doesn’t feel right for some reason… bear with me on this – the mint is probably the most out of place ingredient, it’s a bit on the sharp side, and it’s got a mouthwashy overtone (not good in a beer unless you’re the “beer for breaky” kinda person). Watermelon is good, though a tad subtle, and the cucumber works well with the style (we know this because Mikkeller made a Cucumber Witbier and it was rad!). The rest of it is thin, and maybe it’s because of the mint but it has an artificial sweetener taste about it. 6/10.

M: The mouthfeel is mid to light and seems to have more of a porpoise with a thin but lively carbonation. 7/10.

D: Swing and a miss, strike two for S&W’s “foraged ingredient” beer series, too bad for S&W – like some sort of beer-review-bear I will go into hibernation on the S&W brews until they’ve made next year’s Stone Beer… at least Stone Beer has always been good. This brew was a panda-monium of ingredients that didn’t really work together – they just crashed! And mint? I’m yet to have a beer with mint in it that hasn’t been ruined by having mint in it. 6/10.

Food match: Lamb souvlaki with a feta salad, natch.

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