MartinT (8550) - 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 Pťchť 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 (976) - 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 Stoneís 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 itís 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 (2960) - 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 itís 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.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer I had was actually a cask of V@S aged in bourbon oak chips at Churchills, so not sure if this needs a new entry. Dark black pour, creamy tan head. Dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon, oak, and dried fruit notes. Creamy smooth mouthfeel as it was cask conditioned. Very tasty and complex, but also very sweet, so if you donít like sweet beers, you probably wonít like this.
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2010 A: The pour is just about black as night with a fingerís worth of mocha colored foam on top.
S: The vanilla aroma is even more pronounced and intense than the regular version (I didnít realize that was possible). Though the coffee is a bit subdued, the bourbon, oak, roast, and chocolate notes really give this a great nose.
T: Once again, the vanilla is incredibly intense and really defines this beer. The bourbon, oak, and subdued coffee are nice compliments to it and there is a sweet chocolately flavor as well. The bourbon really comes through as this one warms up.
M: A very full bodied beer with a soft, smooth, and creamy carbonation.
D: I suppose my only complaint about this beer is that the coffee has died out a bit too much for me. I only say this because itís one of the things that defines Victory at Sea. That said, I wouldnít turn down a taste of this.
TimE (4120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much smoother and less sweet than the regular version. Bourbon is only moderately present. Not cloying like the original, but doesnít loose any of the depth or complexity. Hands down prefer this to the original and rating should reflect this.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at TJís: Sweet aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malts, vanilla, oak, light caramel, and slight alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, tan head around the edges only. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, Bourbon, oak, light caramel, vanilla, and light malts. Full body. Lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Bourbon, chocolate, and malt finish is sweet and slightly dry.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On nitro at Linda Vistaís Beer Meets Wood event. Labeled as 2008 single barrel Old Fitzgerald. Pours black with a thin, creamy, tan head that leaves sheet lace. Smells of light roasted malts and just a hint of wood, slightly sour and boozy. Tastes of coffee grounds and musty, sour malt. Thereís only a faint hint of wood, or sweetness, or any barrel character really. Fullish body, velvety carbonation.