15th Anniversary - Highland Scotch Whisky Barrel Aged | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 08-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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I had this beer on tap at Local Habit during a recent trip to San Diego. This beer was one of the highlights of a beer-centric vacation! Dark black color, toasted vanilla aroma with hints of brown liquor. Smooth vanilla and butterscotch flavors with a hint of hop bitterness.

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QM series bottle into a snifter. Aged for 40 weeks in Highland Scotch Whisky Barrels.

A: Black as a moonless, starless Escondidian night with an inch of frothy light brown foam. The beer rises up the glass with a few swirls and leaves behind an alcohol collar.

S: Cocoa, oak, roasted grains, and earth with pervasive whisky notes. There's a little peat and wood smoke. I get some leather and tobacco as well. Hop aroma is restrained but I do perceive fading memories of pine and unspoken suggestions of citrus.

T: This essentially tastes like a hoppy stout. Whisky notes marry chocolate, molasses, and caramel. There's some booze heat but it's pleasant rather than detracting. Earthy with cocoa, wood, and a smooth lower moderate bitterness. The roasted malt profile is very smooth and pleasant without acridity or harsh burnt notes.

M: Full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, silky, creamy, and chewy. The beer is warming on the palate.

Overall: I'm pleased with this and glad I picked it up. Ultimately, I think Bourbon would have been a better choice of barrels, but the whisky goes quite well with the Escondidian Imperial Black IPA.

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Appearance – Pours thickly black onto the glass, with a dark brown head which quickly dissipates.

Smell – Aroma is fantastic. Roasted malts with a slight hint of chocolate, alongside the whisky notes.

Taste – Immediate roasted, cocoa like taste, but with moderate hop-profile which . The hop-bitterness compliments the smoothness of the caramel malts. Like the original 15th, but is followed and enhanced by the subtle, but smokier notes of the whisky aged barrel. Alcohol warmth is evident, but it works well with the combination of complex and rich flavors.

Mouthfeel – Very soft, for such a thick and flavorful ale. Almost silky-smooth, with a appreciable amount of carbonation. Very warming and inviting.

Overall – An incredibly smooth and complex union between your already superb 15th Anniversary Black Ale, with the light but exquisite additions that a fine highland scotch can provide. Would very much like to have again.

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