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

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 10-13-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

t0rin0, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

largadeer, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
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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.

drabmuh, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

MarkyMOD, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

drewone, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
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.

yourefragile, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

dmorgan310, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
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

JohnGalt1, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

eawolff99, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

sweemzander, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
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!

FosterJM, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

smartassboiler, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jspriest, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ADTaber, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jsanford, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JohnK17, Oct 24, 2012
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Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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