dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whiskey, vanilla, woody aroma. Straight up black in color. Caramel and irsh cream notes over the vanilla/woody/whiskey tinged stout. Seriously well, balanced...one of the most rounded beers Ive had.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern. Seriously, one of the top 10 beers I’ve ever had. Pours a deep brown almost black with a big tan head. Tons of bourbon, chocolate and toffee on the nose. Flavor held bourbon with some coffee and chocolate.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Hamilton’s. Very dark black beer with a thick creamy tan/brown head. Aroma is really great. Loads of rich dark chocolate and malted milk character. Sweet vanilla and a light bourbony character. Some light caramel and a bit of spicy woody tannins. Very full-bodied and chewy. Sweet milk chocolate, malted milk, and a soft herbal bitterness. Very restrained with excellent integration between the sweet vanilla/caramel bourbony flavour and the deep dark chocolate. Very rich, silken, and unctuous mouthfeel. One of the better barrel-aged impys I’ve had in a long time.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. This is some fine, fine work by Green Flash. Nice smooth aroma of dark chocolate and subtle hop and whiskey. The flavor is like a wadded up coffee browney with bourbon sauce - really unified, almost sharpened to an edge. Reminded me exceedingly of RB Chi’s Redline and if this is what the bourbon version of that tastes like I totally get why it was a Top 50. Flash! Aaa-aaahhh...
wchesser (1845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a standout for me from GABF a few years ago and I sought it out in ’10 to see if it was still as good as I remember....it delivered. Bourbon barrel stout is almost cliched these days but this one is still one of the best in my book. Terrific opaque full bodied plush stout big enough to stand up to the bourbon. Strong bourbon notes without overwhelming or watering down the stout...not something everybody pulls off. This beer is a partnership of the two with neither taking the lead.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got to try 3 BA imperial stouts today. GF, CBC, and BA Yeti. They are all different and good in their own way. The GF was mellowed, black. Thick tan head. Some buttery oak smell. Very nice super easy to drink. My highest rated of the three.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Pours jet black with a large brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee/vanilla, followed by an explosion of the bourbon/oak flavors at the end. It’s sublimely smooth and easily drinkable for what it is. Bravo.....bravo.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours jet black with a short, thick, lasting brown head of tiny little bubbles. Whiskey and smoked malt hit you first, but give way to leather, tobacco, chocolate malt, and roasted coffee. Loved sipping this one. Chocolate, oak, and coffee up front that eases into the warmth of the bourbon. Roasy malt and a bit of smoke throughout. Only mistake was starting my night with this; all others paled.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Had this after Winter Storm and it easily rivaled any of Stone’s offerings. Pours black with a ruby sheen and a faint brown head. Brimming with the flavors of bourbon and vanilla. Putting this to your lips is like biting into a chocolate ganache. Great stuff.
daleharshman (1030) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried at Stone’s first Oakquinox in April 2010. Pours a dark black with surprisingly big mocha head considering the four-ounce sample. Aroma of very dark roasted malts and ash. Flavor of dirty dark roasted malts and rich and earthy coffee. Very smooth with some great carbonation. Next to Pizza Port’s Farley, this was the best of the day. (27, 296)