Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Smoked Porter aged in bourbon barrels. A tribute for Danny Williams.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 10-13-2012)
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Reviews by FosterJM:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1638th Review on BA
Growler to Goblet
2l

Thanks to Crystal for sharing, Shared with Steve and Mike and Brian

App- More along the lines of a small black color. A bit brown around the edges and fairly dense. A bit see through around the edges. The head was a nice bit of light tan and fairly bubbly. Small cling and lace. Looked good.

Smell- A bit grainular with a rough bit of booze. Once it warmed a bit more, it became a bit nicer with a lot of the base malts coming out with some sugars and some dark chocolates as well. The barrel come out a little bit more with a bit of char, oak and grain behind it.

Taste- This was a nice porter with some very good barrel character. A bit grainy for me with a slightly off earthiness and nuttiess. Semi- balanced but still better than most BA Porters. (Shipwreck excluded). A nice bit of chocolate and malts as well.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium dense carbonation. Fairly rich and decadent with a solidness behind it. The residual flavors are that of chocolate and a little booze behind it.

Drink- A nice BA porter. Stone needs to bottle this. Like soon!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a sniftner, this brew pours a dark brown with a reddish tint
Not much of a head, but a nice tan ring around the ridge.
S: the aroma had lift notes of bourbon dominated by toasty bready mault and caramel maults. A slight brown sugar is present.
T: the flavor is amazingly well balanced making this brew a pleasure to drink. The bourbon is a nice addtion to sweet mault. Notes of mollases (light) and some chocolate on the back of the pallet.
Mf: mouth feel is almost perfect for a barrel aged beer. Not thin and well carbonated.
Overall a great brew by Stone.
Sampled at the Mansion. Melbourne Fl

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was able to have a couple of snifters of this BBA Porter on-tap during a Stone Tap Takeover event at Hangar 9 in Carbondale, Illinois. In reviewing this beer, I have a bit of trouble solidly assigning numbers as information concerning what this beer is "supposed to be" are a bit vague. In talking with one of the brewers from Stone at the event I was told that this beer was an American Porter aged in bourbon barrels for two years and that the ABV was somewhere in the 8-9% range. A big Porter, such as this, kind of borders on stout for me and then throw it in bourbon barrels for two years and the subtleties die out even more. What I was left with was an impression of a pretty yummy sipper with its strengths heavily weighted in simplicity.

Suitable is an inky black abyss that hits you in the nose with all oak and bourbon. A light skimming in the corner of khaki froth aside, there is no real discernible head. Suitable, reminiscent of BCBS, comes in all sweet dark malt and bourbon and doesn't leave you with much else. It's enjoyable in the same way that sipping a small batch of whiskey around a fireplace would be. One would do best to check any ideas of American Porter at the door as this comes through more as a heavily bourbon aged stout with no hop flavor profile and low bitterness. Across the board, I've decided to somewhat hastily give Suitable 4.0s except in the arena of mouthfeel. If you look like a BBA stout, smell like a BBA stout and taste like a BBA stout then I kind of expect you to play and feel like a BBA stout. Maybe I'm in the wrong here, but this does come off a little light and watery when I let my expectations get the best of me.

All in all, I'll say it again. This is a yummy BBA treat. One would do well do sip one with a friend and share a deep intellectual conversation, stories of heroic deeds of past ages or create epic tales in bard style. Suitable is definitely worth a tasting at the very least.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a chub fill at Brewforia Eagle for a pretty reasonable $11.... Poured into my HotD goblet... A tannish head rises up and leaves nice lacing despite a sorta flimsy cap... the brew is dark dark brown.

Nose shows plenty of vanilla notes... minor cocoa... only light "smoked" presence.. A bunch of bourbon blooms with warmth.

Tons of bourbon presence on the palate... again some cocoa, but it appears as more of a milk chocolate element.. slight roasty malt and some background char.. big boned and well meshed... I honestly think the heavy bourbon presence helps round things out and accentuates the malts and sorta sweetens it up a bit. The smoke is there, but in the background and never interferes with the porter base or the barrel aging.

Medium body for such a big beer... Did the whiskey loosen it up?

This is pretty well done... Glad I checked twitter on Friday!!

3.75/4.25/4.25/4/4

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Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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