slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
the bareling brings this stout up to around 10% abv. Super smooth. Equal parts chocolate, vanilla, cherry and rye whiskey. So stinking smooth. I really enjoyed the base when this came out and really love it barreled. I think the rye as opposed to straight bourbon was a good call, and can’t wait to have the barreled and unbarreled bottles side by side. Soon :)"
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a 500 mL bottle from Stone Co Store South Park. The appearance is a deep brown black with a small deep brown head. The nose is full of cherry whiskey barrel, molten dark chocolate, vanilla bean, very similar to a port nose with a light dose of heat. The flavors enter with a very forward rye whiskey in both flavor and mouth feel but without a ton of alcohol burn. More sips show the cherry pouring out the beer. Chocolate and vanilla come out a few more sips in. Tasty drunken oak with a nice grit to the tongue. After a bit the intensity of the chocolate and vanilla diminishes slightly. The mouth is full with a drying oak to it with a cherry after taste. One of the best bottle BA brews from Stone to date.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A HUGE thanks to amtran87 for the share! Nearly a black pour, nice brown head. Aroma has some whiskey soaked cherries, bitter chocolate, light charred oak, nice rye spice. Flavor is like a chocolate covered cherry with some nice rye whiskey notes. The base beer, when I had it, was very metallic and tart. That seems to have been taken away with the barrel aging. Nice!
JohnnyJ (5070) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, bubbly brown head which quickly diminishes. Huge rich dark chocolate, deep red cherries, rye spiciness, mollasses, and all soaked in dry boozy whiskey. Like strong chocolate covered cherries, the barrel is definitely spicy rye wisky (no bourbon - vanilla notes). Boozy, but a good sipper.
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is vanilla, rye, alcohol, chocolate, and leather. Great on the palate, huge whiskey notes, creamy vanilla, wood, roasted malts, light chocolate.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a quickly subsided head.
Aroma: Cherry children’s medicine, chocolate covered cherry cordials.
Taste: Whiksey, sweet cherry, chocolate. Woody finish. Yummy. While the whiskey was present, it didn’t come across as overly boozy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft creamy carbonation.
Overall: A decadent treat that got better with some time in a rye whiskey barrel. One of my favorites in the 500 ml series.
snoworsummer (3729) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Liberty Station. Pours very dark brown with a thin, fizzy beige head. Tastes like fermenting cherries, boozy, woody, light cherry sweetness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like fermenting cherries, alcohol, woody, with a light cherry juice sweetness.
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a froth of dark tan foam. Aroma is dominated by dry, rye whiskey with light vanilla and alcohol but underneath there is roast, chocolate, and light cherry. Taste is heavy whiskey up front with the base beer peaking out and showing chocolate, dry roast, a bit of cherry although it gets lost in the whiskey and a heavy dose of whiskey through the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the heavy whiskey influence but it’s clean and not imbalanced. Interesting riff on the original but having enjoyed a pint of the base beer a week ago I can say with confidence that I preferred that as much of what made the base beer interesting and tasty is drowned out by the whiskey. Worth a try.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with some reddish notes and a tan head. Aroma is of lighter cherry notes, oak, vanilla, spicy rye notes, whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel and some light alcohol. The flavor follows the nose more subtle notes of cherry, oak, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt, light alcohol, dark caramel and some of those rye like spicy notes. The body is on the lighter side of full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a good BA Imperial Stout.
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle - shared at the BBF13 after party. pours intense black with a nice medium beige head. Aroma is intensely chocolaty, some sour notes as well (more blackcurrant than cherries). Palate is a bit watery compared to the intensity of the nose, but overall an excellent beer.