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

Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%


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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by yourefragile, I love a good Stone tick. Beer is dark brown with almost no head, clear at the corners, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with just bourbon in there.

Beer tastes like watered down bourbon, not much else breaking through, pretty heavy beer overall. It is decent but not great, I'd try it again if it were on draft but I don't think that will happen. Oh well.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2012 02:05:50 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/17/12 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one; never heard of it but always interested in a new Stone beer. Poured into a mini-snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with a bew dark tan bubbles and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of bourbon, some chocolate, some roasted malts,, light coffee, and burnt malts, Bourbon is strong but I like it.

t - Tastes of strong bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and something kind of weird/off. Sweet and alcohol-y, a big step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Some definite alcohol heat.

o - Overall a decent BA porter, though it is very strong and the bourbon dominates. Taste seemed a little weird, but I liked the nose. Interesting and glad to try it, though probably wouldn't look for it again.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2012 16:26:59 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer appears a cola brown color with virtually no head or lacing. Perhaps the growler format contributed to this? The aroma offers bourbon, roast, malt (slightly charred), smoke, oak. The aroma is superior to the flavor. A bit thin and even perhaps watery, with roast and smoke. Bourbon and barrel character is prominent throughout. Overall, this was decent.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2012 00:41:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: growler

02-11-2013 03:10:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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HopHead84

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

10/12/2012

On tap at Stone.

A: Near black with a frothy beige cap. Scattered lacing. A swirl of the glass reveals an alcohol collar.

S: Stunning blend of caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, soy, coconut, nutty toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. The barrel profile is stellar. Smoke is light but well integrated and not overshadowed.

T: Cocoa, milk chocolate, and caramel with a generous helping of vanilla and a firm bourbon profile. Smoke is almost an afterthought but it's present throughout the flavor. There's a low level of bitterness. Booze is pretty strong in the finish and will probably be off putting to some.

M: The barrel aging thinned out the mouthfeel a little but not to the point of detriment. Upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Aside from the mouthfeel, I think barrel aging really improved upon an already good base beer. The barrel profile is really nice, with loads of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. I can't believe this is this good. Not that it's the best thing ever, but I haven't been stoked on Stone's bottled barrel aged offerings. As I typed that I realized that this is from a keg and not a bottle and that I've really liked Stone's barrel aged beers I've had on draft in the past. What do they do to beers they plan to bottle that diminishes their vitality? Lots of backblending? I'll never know.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 20:55:36 | More by HopHead84
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FosterJM

California

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!

Serving type: growler

12-03-2012 23:07:23 | More by FosterJM
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly light tan head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, light oak, smoke and roast. Flavor of cherry, plum, bourbon, marshmallow, caramel, and oak; barrel aging dominates most traces of the porter other than the ashy and smoky finish. Slightly thin body for style, moderate carbonation. An enjoyable boozy and hot bourbon sipper.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2012 19:21:59 | More by yourefragile
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Phelps

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 04:32:30 | More by Phelps
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HAF, maybe the last beer I could drink on a fresh palate

A: A moderately fluffy creme colored head with an almost perfectly black body.

N: Intense bourbon on the nose. Caramel, honey, and vanilla. Some chocolate and smoke, but it's mostly barrel and oak.

T: Smoke, peat, and bourbon. Vanilla, and honey. A pleasant espresso through the middle to balance the sweetness. Dark chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of stomach-sinking. Noticeable alcohol. Could use some improvement here.

O: Suitable for cave aging indeed. I believe the program said this was a 2011 vintage, and it was probably neck and neck with the other best beers I had at the festival. (Though aged Abyss is hard to beat.) I would love bottles of this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 16:50:25 | More by writerLJBerg
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TKEbeerman

Florida

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a good inch of tan, tight, foam that has some impressive staying power. Smells like the vanilla, molasses, bourbon bomb from hell...in a good way. Decadent, savory, vanilla, chocolate, surprisingly sweet(me likey) the smoke plays the background perfectly, and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Nice thick mouthfeel one would expect from Stone. Quite impressed by this bad boy. Great job Stone. Big Thank You to Flannys for the opportunity to try this, you guys rock!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 02:07:31 | More by FriarTuckInLuck
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