Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

13 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 13
Hads: 76
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 10-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Smoked Porter aged in bourbon barrels. A tribute for Danny Williams.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 13 | Hads: 76
Reviews by Phelps:
Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip at Flanny's. Poured into a tulip.

Deep black, moderately thick. The thin tan head becomes a little ring. Some reaching strands.

Mostly bourbon in the nose. Lots of brown sugar, lots of ethanol. A little oak, hints of vanilla and smoke.

Again, more bourbon than anything else. Maple, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Tons of booze. There should be more smoke.

Medium body, mild tingly carbonation. Big tongue-numbing alcohol.

Too much booze. Wish there was more of the base beer.

 495 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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

 611 characters

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 1,951 characters

Photo of Hobbit
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jgluck
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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!!


 901 characters

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of andysc83
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of alpenglocken
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SDStoneEnthusiast
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Piddmeista
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ACB
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.