peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 [Southern Charred] Tap @ Stone O’Side. Murky caramel brown pour with a quickly fading froth of light tan foam. Wow - huge chewy vanilla, coconut, and vanilla bourbon on the nose with dense, sweet malt underneath and slight pine/bitterness. Heaviest barrel influence yet I’ve had on a Stone beer. Taste is semi-hot bourbon with thick, chewy vanilla, dense raisin and toffee, spicy alcohol, and pine with complimentary hop bitterness. Coating mouthfeel. Bit of a beast but good - laying a bottle down for a year+ should bring good results. Nice work Stone.
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2012 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Murky brownish pour with a froth of tan foam that lingers down to a slick. Aroma is heavy whiskey with underlying caramel, toffee, and even some lingering hops. Taste is dominated by clean whiskey with vanilla notes, slight alcohol heat, and a realtively mellow and pleasant base beer consisting of toffee, sweet malt, and light bitterness. The whiskey plays well off the double bastard and the beer has clean mouthfeel. I like it.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery, pours orange low head, aroma is sweet whiskey, taste is very bourbon with a burn, tasty
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch one release. Pours a murky copper. Big burnt wood, and bourbon on the nose, and a hint of subtle chocolate. Big malt and a hint of smoke, and burnt oak on the palate. Quite good and will only improve with Age.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared bottle with friends. It was just a bit off. Could taste a little bit of the barrel aging, but the hops really threw it off. Maybe we just had a bad bottle....
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timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Nick. Let me just cut to the chase... This beer sucks. The whiskey barrel aging makes the hops taste like dank foot odor, and the beer just falls apart being aged. Fuck this...
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker amber color, moderate head, good lace/retention for the alcohol. Aroma is strong oak/vanilla with notes of caramel, light citrus, somewhat fruity. Medium to full body, alcohol hidden very well, very drinkable, barrel flavor dominates but there’s enough here to keep me interested. Nice
after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500, corked and baled. Thanks, J! Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts. Lots of spicy oak and some bourbon notes on the nose, along with caramel and dry leaves. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Sweet spicy barrel character, mostly oak, on the mid palate, blended with toasty caramel and dark brown bread. Long malty, bread-crusty finish.
haddon90 (1565) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hollingshead in Orange, CA. Pours a foggy copper color with a very thin head. Strong, bourbon aroma with a nice hint of hops. Strong bourbon presence in the flavor. Smokey malt as well. Amazing balance and quite a strong ale. I hope Stone offers this more often.
5000 (6400) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Mashed up Bourbon nose, with muted hops.   Double bastard is soft.   Barrel aging isn’t all that sweet, not as much caramel as I would have thought.   Moderately sweet, some coconut and caramel, slight bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, but it seems unfinished.   Maybe too much time in the barrel?   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   A little astringent on the finish.   Hides the ABV well, but its not as rich, smooth, or clean as other barrel aged examples of similar nature.   Factor in cost... and yeah, mediocre example.
popway (109) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy Stone offerings, including the Double Bastrad, their Enjoy By IPAs, and their Imperial Russian Stout, but this was not one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I got tngled in the enjoyment of this hybrid. Does everything have to be barrel aged? I think the nose is the best sense here for me, sweet and upfront booziness, but the taste does not run concurrent to my expectations. It has a bit of bite in the tail, but is like a tug of war for me, and there is no clear winner.