JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
small draught sample at Bruery Provisions. Dark and black with thin tan head. Aroma was bourbon alcohol, oak, vanilla. Taste was very similar with much alcohol present and tons of vanilla, more so than the regular version. This stuff was very good but I still prefer regular VAS.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bruery Provisions. Pours with a near black body and a small tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, wood, tobacco, rich chocolate, molasses and maple. Flavors of rich cocoa, madagascar vanilla bean, cream soda, oak, light tobacco and cola. Medium bubbles with a sticky finish.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2010.The appearance is a rich velvety black with a fading foam brown head. The aromas are loads of bourbon, nice coffee and vanilla too. The flavors are very forward with the Bourbon but not as overpowering as some of Ballast Point’s BA beers. The coffee additions are nice with light amount of vanilla and toasted barrel. The mouth is pretty warm still. Really nice flavor combination.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro at Ballast Point Linda Vista
Appearance: Pours a jet black with a modest sized creamy cap of tan.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker and wood.
Taste: Woody bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tannins. Finishes boozy and roasty.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick.
Overall: An amazing treat. The beer without the barrel aging is pretty phenomenal, the bourbon barrel takes it to new heights.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho.
first had on cask and it was terrible, then had it again on nitro at ballast and it was 100x better. Silky, nice bourbon character, fruity, thin in body, but helped the very layered beer wash through completely.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This creamy cake of a Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter offers generous portions of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate in a fluffy mouthfeel redolent of airy icing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick cappuccino-like foam bobs atop the utter darkness.
-Although perhaps not as complex, this is as decadent a dessert as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Péché Mortel.
-The finish is tad too boozy for my liking, but at the same time the alcohol helps to cut through the sweetness.
-The nose screams dessert and the tastebuds thus immediately demand a diabetic orgasm.
-This is one of those rare beers which works wonderfully when served on nitro.
On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.
daleharshman (827) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love V@S and was very happy to try this at Stone’s first annual Oakquinox festival in April 2010. Pours dark black with no head. Aroma is fantastic with the normal great coffee smell but the vanilla is simply out of this world and intoxicating (I really like vanilla and it’s perfect here). The vanilla is also stronger in the flavor than the normal V@S which is okay, but the rich coffee flavor is weaker than in the normal version which is unfortunate as the coffee is a high point in this beer. Definitely one of the stand-outs of the day. (12, 295)
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours black with a creamy beige head that left some nice lacing. Big nose bursting with coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of booze. I think this might be even better than the regular version.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens for Oakquinox (Escondido, CA): Pours blackest black and topped with mocha foam. Enticing aroma of creamed coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor was wayy better, and usually it’s the other way around, so I was delighted by the surprise. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon, oak, caramel, and bitters. Sweet, full-bodied, smooth. Drinkability: Memorable, enjoyable, and dangerously drinkable. A recommended dark ale I can rely on. Pairing: Smoked sausage platter. Rebuy: Yes. #408 on 19042010, DG.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at oakquinox. Pours black with no head. Aroma is an amazing excess of vanilla and coffee wih some Bourbon and dark chocolate. Flavor is all of the same goodness. Bitterness might be a bit much, and coffee is more muted, but...wow. full bodied with light carbonation.