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

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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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Phelps

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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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mdfb79

New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -11%
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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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-18-2012 01:37:42 | More by Etan
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Robdrinx

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-18-2012 00:04:41 | More by Robdrinx
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-16-2012 01:09:26 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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RyanSchwam

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-09-2012 15:26:53 | More by RyanSchwam
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-09-2012 04:57:07 | More by CGMLS3
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-03-2012 03:34:39 | More by tbone1384
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

10-22-2012 18:52:29 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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lenderpants

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-22-2012 02:59:08 | More by lenderpants
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Twal

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-20-2012 15:38:38 | More by Twal
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FriarTuckInLuck

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-19-2012 00:31:28 | More by MarkyMOD
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CoryR

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

10-18-2012 00:04:07 | More by CoryR
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

10-15-2012 19:26:25 | More by bbadger
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HopHead84

California

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Suitable For Cave Aging - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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