Last May, Pretty Things owners Dan and Martha Paquette struck out on the road, driving across the country from Boston to San Diego for the annual Craft Brewers Conference. Along the way, they made a pit stop in Kansas City, where they teamed up with Boulevard’s Steven Pauwels to brew a stingo, a rather rare, 17th-century English style of beer akin to an English old ale. (According to the bottle, the style gets its name from the “sting” the beer gives the palate.)
The resulting 8.5%-ABV brew (called Collaboration No. 3 Stingo) hits the nose with complex tobacco, raisin, plums and hints of sharp roasted malts. On the tongue, toasted malts blend easily with more plum and raisin, making it a fantastic sipping beer that’s ready to drink today—but, given a year or two in the cellar, the beer should develop a richer, fruitier sweetness that just might put Stingo up against one of our favorite beers of all time.
Are you aging Stingo? Any cellaring tips for old ales? Let us know!