Stone Of Destiny - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16oz swingtop bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. This was one of my contributions to the CdC tasting table. Style tick #101.
A: Clear russet body with a solid cap of tan froth. Good retention and lacing. Attractive.
S: Nice. Vanilla, butterscotch, coconut, whiskey, plums, and general barrel-aged goodness. Excellent.
T: Sweet; coconut, whiskey, oak, dark fruit, and some bitterness on the finish. Hints of marshmallow, and some booze. Tasty.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little weak, but not bad at all.
O: Very barrel-forward and extremely tasty - by far the best Burnside beer I've had. I'm not sure I'd by another at the hefty price tag ($12 + $1.50 deposit), but I'm definitely glad I gave it a shot.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2011 00:00:05 | More by woosterbill
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2011 05:46:57 | More by PicoPapa
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2011 01:01:29 | More by Pahn
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2011 01:52:04 | More by Robtobfest
Stone Of Destiny from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.