Stone Of Destiny | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Stone Of DestinyStone Of Destiny

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by LtCracker20:
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Robtobfest
4.39/5  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.

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Photo of CTaleMan
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
4.14/5  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.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Durge
4.51/5  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!

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Stone Of Destiny from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 42 ratings