Stone Of Destiny - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch, fizzy, light tan head that dissipates steady and rocky, popping all the way and leaving no lacing. Pours solid black and leaves shortlasting arches of lacing.
Smell: Chocolate (like the chocolate in Mounds / Almond Joy), with some oak and bourbon. Brownies. Caramel comes out shortly after pouring. Slight dark fruit, with some booziness. Smells great; I agree with the reviewer below, the smell is the best part (and it's a very good part).
Taste: Chocolate with a little oak. Caramel finish that doesn't last very long. Building chest warmth from the alcohol from a few sips in onward. Aftertaste remains too short and clean for these flavors.
Decent oak/vanilla flavors, but the rest of the beer isn't bold enough for them to be "highlights" or "accents," and they're not dominating enough to be the main attractions themselves (like Goose Island Dominique, which is like "bourbon barrel flavored beer"). Some generic coffee, brownies, and graham cracker flavors. Ten Penny-like crisp maltiness way in the background.
This tastes good... but it's not high impact or rich or deep or complex enough to answer the question, "Why is this 12% ABV? Why would I pay so much for this?" I'm not saying I'm lowering the score because my expectations are higher than it delivers, I'm saying that these flavors *want* to be bold, and the point of fermenting so much malt is to get lots of flavor.
The taste is solid, and definitely enjoyable, but it lacks that extra push over the top. It's like watching someone playing chess and repeatedly missing mating attacks, or an unguarded forward with the ball gradually letting the shot clock wind down with his team behind--whatever simile works for you. The smell makes a big promise, the taste starts to deliver on it, and then... not quite.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Some creaminess, but watery enough to give an impression of a thin mouthfeel that doesn't work with these flavors. Carbonation is just right. Finish is crisp and kind of enjoyable, but sort of highlights the lack of a long deep aftertaste. Definite chest warmth, but very little solvent in the taste or mouthfeel.
Overall: Tough beer to grade. It's enjoyable, but it just doesn't quite get there. The brownies and graham crackers with mild vanilla oak is *really* nice, a notably good flavor... but all told, it's not enough.
This beer is an above average strong ale with a lot going for it, but I'd have trouble recommending buying it at $10/500ml. I think a good comparison (or more precisely, a good contrasting example) is North Coast's barrel aged Old Stock Cellar Reserve, which costs an outrageous $22~25 per 500ml bottle. That beer is excellent, just utterly exceptional... but so expensive. This beer, it's like, "Yeah it's good... but is it really worth $10?"
The point is, you want Old Stock Cellar Reserve *not* to be worth $25 because you don't want to pay that much. You want this beer to a couple levels better than it is, because you did pay so much.
I don't regret my purchase, but Highland Wild is the star of Olde Burnside's recent 2 barrel aged releases.
11-12-2011 01:01:29 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
swing top bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
A- a hazy brownish black, the color resembles a trappist quad almost. Fizzy off white head disperses quickly, with slight lacing.
S- The aroma is a mix of a big vanilla fragrance, chocolate, coffee and some hints of alcohol.
T- Im picking up vanilla chocolate and small subtle hints of oak. Its a descent taste not bad but not really what Im looking for. To me its a little like drinking a cream soda. Just to sweet for me.
M- Light bodied beer with a Chimay like fizzy carbonation.
O- I went into this beer expecting something a bit bigger bodied. Like i said before a little sweet tasting for me and the price tag is just to much. Its not a bad beer but for $12.99 it wont be in my fridge again. This is a one and done for me.
01-19-2012 23:43:13 | More by HopsHopenstein
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
from a 16.9 oz blue swingtop bottle into a chalice. Imperial black and tan aged in whiskey barrels.
A-This fine barrel aged Imperial black and Tan pours a silimar color to Chimay Blue with a 1 inch bone white head. Leaves some moderate lacing as I sip.
S- Smell is the best part of this great brew from Olde Burnside! Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and whiskey play so well together in this. The whiskey is there but does not dominate at all. It just adds a subtle something that takes this beers nose from great to exceptional! I'd be happy just smelling this and not drinking it! Ok, maybe went to far there, bu tthe nose is really really good on this.
T- Taste is ore choclate and oaky vanilla goodness, backed up by a whiskey side car at the end, just great. If did not know this was 12% ABV I'd guess 8-9%, really goes down too easy.
M- the weakest part of this brew. It's a bit thin for a 12% whiskey aged deal. That being said it is not bad ,in fact its good just not the best part of the deal.
O- Overall i am very impressed with this new offering from the boys up in East Hartford CT! I hope they keep making this as i believe it is supposed to be a one-off. Anyway, I highley recommend contacting a CT trader to get your hands on one of these.
11-06-2011 01:52:04 | More by Robtobfest
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
16.9oz swingtop bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with an inch of tan frothy head. Lots ofof lacing. Aroma is boozey with some vanilla, coffee, oak, whiskey and earthiness. A lot going on here. Taste is vanilla and some whiskey and oak up front. Some of the chocolate and earthy flavors towards the end. Vanilla oakiness throughout. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost like its a boozey vanilla and coffee milkshake. Very sweet, but the booze balances it out somewhat. The little card that came with this beer says it is an Imperial Black and Tan, and I am on board with that. At 11.99 plus 1.50 deposit this is a pretty pricey beer. However, the higher abv and the solid taste make it more justifiable. Overall, I wouldn't buy it all the time, but once or so a year would be perfect. Solid beer.
11-14-2011 05:46:57 | More by PicoPapa
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a snifter at room temperature.
The beer pours a dark cocoa brown with creamy beige head of 1 cm that remains as a surface layer throughout the sampling. Aroma is rich with bourbon and vanilla, brown sugar and some dry oak notes.
First sip reveals an average to thick body with mild rolling carbonation. Smooth silky texture.
Flavor is as the nose advertised with bourbon and brown sugar mixing with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Where is the booze? 12% is very well hidden. I also dont really get any hop characteristics.
This is a very drinkable 12% brew that features malt through and through with good complexity.
THe cobalt blue bottle is a cool presentation but the cost is a little high, still worth it in my opinion, I just wouldnt make this my nightly beverage.
01-24-2012 04:56:02 | More by sulldaddy
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
A- Pours a deep brown body with reddish and mahogany hues. Thin 1-finger khaki head sits fow a few seconds, but when it falls, it falls to a nice solid cap. A touch of sticky lace left behind.
S- A liqour aroma at first, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a little milk chocolate. All seems in balance. Very nice, albeit a little muted.
T- Wow. This is damn good. Vanilla, bourbon, a slight brandy-ness to it as well. Nice milk chocolate flavor, too. Just like the aroma, the taste is wonderfully balanced.
MF- Moderate body, but is it every a silky texture. Carbonation level is perfect here.
O- A very fine beer. The bourbon flavor and aroma is there, but in no way overpowering. You'd never know that this is a 12% beer. Another fine job by the guys in Hartford!
01-16-2013 21:31:07 | More by LtCracker20
5/5 rDev +21.4%
If this beer had a XXX, I'd XXXX it. It's really that delicious. They only put it out on special occasions. Haven't seen it in years. I just remember it being the bomb-diggity. If you see it in the packy, I suggest you snag some.
Packy (package store) is CT lingo for a liquor store. Funny, when we go out of state and ask directions for a package store we're always directed to the local post office.
05-31-2014 04:55:12 | More by Beeraphernalia
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Black & Tan? Really? I don;t see that from my meager experiences with Guinness and Bass. This stuff is far supperior I'm happy to report, a whole nother category. A solid dark brown color with a fair light tan head with streaky modest lacing. The aroma brings out big time caramel chocolate, vanilla toffee and sweet prune over nutty peat. Wow - Home Run for the nostrils. The flavor is another heavy hitter bringing out deep dark fruits with a maple-vanilla sweetness and a caramel touch. I get some root beer and fermented licorice. This is a chewy beer in flavor but the body is more of a medium light deal with a bit of a syrupy touch that is nicely cut by an active carbonation. Just a delightful dark brew full of sweet and earthy goodies that will put a smile on your face. Awesome brew!
05-19-2012 03:18:04 | More by Durge
3.44/5 rDev -16.5%
Got this beer from a colleague. It poured out a deep dark brown with a little less head retention than I would have expected. On the other hand, the legs stuck to the sides of the glass more than I thought from the original pour
The first whiff of this beer hits you with vanilla, sweetness, oak and booze. Once in the mouth the aroma is backed up with a smooth and sweet flavor. The barrel aging seems to overpower the beer quite a bit, but with all the components it's hard to believe this beer is 12%. The beer is a little thinner than expected, but with that much alcohol in it, it may just be that this cuts the body.
Overall this was a unique beer and certainly the rum barrel adds vanilla and sweetness that sets it apart from boubon barrel aged beers. The barrel overpowers the beer a bit and it is perhaps a bit boozy, but at 12% what do you expect?
01-25-2013 02:27:18 | More by Smoke
Stone Of Destiny from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.