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Stone Of Destiny - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fitting name for this Imperial Black and Tan! The actual "Stone of Destiny" is a simple slab of sandstone used as the coronation stone of the Scottish monarchs since time immemorial. The stone, shrouded in legend and mystery, is now safely ensconced within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Aged in whiskey barrels, "Stone of Destiny" is big and bold with hints of vanilla and a slight alcohol burn.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Beeraphernalia, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

tobelerone, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

hefferee, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

ElijahRivera, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Janeinma, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Davepoolesque, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

BMart, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

FutureOBrew, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Smoke
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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?

Smoke, Jan 25, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

LtCracker20, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

billybrew21, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Durge, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

sailorastro, May 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Mebuzzard, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sulldaddy, Jan 24, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HopsHopenstein, Jan 19, 2012
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Stone Of Destiny from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.