BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head over a near black body. Aromas of cocoa, light wood, musty and very light fusel alcohol. Flavors are cereal, caramel, alcohol, fruits (dark) and raisins. Kind of basic and a bit bland. Creamy mouthfeel with some higher alcohols.
slowrunner77 (9221) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"iím calling this an old ale only because thatís what the brewer is calling it...itís actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer Iíve ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (thatís right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in itís complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!"
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour with some nice ruddy mahogany highlights. The nose is distinctly woody and earthy with loads of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Soft and toasty with a lingering vanilla/caramel flavour on the finish. There is a wisp of smokiness that creeps up as the beer starts to warm up then itís gone again toward the finish Ė quite odd how that works. Thereís a whole lot going on, but it still doesnít really come together for me.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at VIP stone 14th anniversary. Reddish brown beige pour. Aroma was coconut and sweet sugar. Mild bourbon was present in the taste along with some brown sugar. This was just ok but nothing special for me.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone 14th VIP
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy cap.
Aroma: A very faint roasted malt nose.
Taste: Roasty malt, a touch of smoke and wood, burnt sugar, spicy Sierra Nevada hops and a little alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, modest carbonation.
Overall: Good, solid, but not great. I would like to revisit this maybe with some time on it or in a bigger portion.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Stone 14th. Rating# 17. Very dark brown pour with a light tan head. Light chocolate and a bit roasty. Light dryness, bitter chocolate, good stuff. (1364)
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head that fades. Sweet woody vanilla aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, good amount of wood up front, rich sweet malt base, light bitterness barely balances it out, finish is woody. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Solid beer, but just a little too heavy on the wood for my preferences. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3069-20100702] Sample. Woody barrel roast malt aroma has a light floral touch. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Floral red wine and sherry notes in the flavour with tons of wood roast. Full body. Wow, this is big and boozy.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crushed at BSAF 10. Has plenty of scotch ale sweetness with an imperial stoutís bitterness. Didnít get much barrel character. A little disappointed, but still not bad.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with almost no head. Raisin chocolate brown sugar bourbon and oak aroma and taste with a sticky palate.