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

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Smoked Porter aged in bourbon barrels. A tribute for Danny Williams.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 10-13-2012)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

1L growler poured into Lawson's snifter. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for getting this for me! I'll admit this growler was probably filled at least a month ago and had been sitting in my cellar (not typically what I do with my growlers).

A- Pours an opaque jet black with some translucent mahogany along the edges. About a finger of beige head that has nice retention and leaves some light spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Despite being almost a month old there is still nice consistent rising carbonation, although I can tell it has died a tiny bit.

S- Bourbon, oak, some light vanilla, slightly weird char presence hiding in the background, and a hint of chocolate but mostly bourbon/oak. Nice balance with bourbon not dominating too much.

T- Bourbon, woody oak, some light vanilla but woody oak dominates a little bit more, some light chocolate and espresso hiding in the background but doesn't present itself too much. Nice presence of barrel-aging without anything dominating too much.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation without being over-carbonated, easy drinking but can definitely feel it.

O- This was a very good beer from Stone. You can definitely tell that this beer was barrel-aged for awhile (supposedly two years). It had a nice bourbon presence that didn't dominate too much and gave it a nice sweetness without feeling too boozey. If anything it was barrel-aged too long and I would have liked the base beer to present itself a tiny bit more. It held up great even though being filled about a month ago. Overall I definitely recommend checking this beer out.

12-23-2012 00:46:58 | More by jaasen64
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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

11-16-2012 19:47:37 | More by TKEbeerman
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-26-2013 15:47:12 | More by Doppelbockulus
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

10-30-2012 14:33:10 | More by seedsofchaos
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

08-02-2013 01:07:37 | More by Hobbit
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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jgluck

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-19-2012 03:52:13 | More by jgluck
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

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

02-11-2013 03:10:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +19%

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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +19%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-24-2012 17:00:32 | More by JohnK17
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alpenglocken

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-23-2013 22:52:07 | More by alpenglocken
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Piddmeista

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

11-09-2012 04:57:07 | More by CGMLS3
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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