zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: ’06 version. Very sweet, fruity peaches, toasty, bready malts, toffee malts. Intense oakiness, throat tingly peppery. Tasty with a bit of oxidation.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. tepid tan pour, no sign of a head. Nose of Cardboard, Flavor of severe oxidation, sickly pale bourbon barely surviving through the hot, Cardboard finish. Very oxidized compared to 06 brandy, not as Much barrel surviving, though the heat Is there.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dispensed a hazed, darkish copper-amber body with a thin, very short-lived head.
Smell: An emphatically sweet-smelling nose, with all these candyish notes of caramel, treacle, cooked raisins and Honey Crisp cereal seizing control of the aroma, leaving little room for the bourbon. Still, some tenuous hints of bourbon and vanilla are present.
Taste: First and foremost, it’s sugary, with an unabating sweetness. It’s a pot stirred up with clover honey, light caramel sauce, and simple syrup. Secondary to the incessant sweetness are the bourbon hints of vanilla and toasty, tannic oak wood. Fruity touch of macerated golden raisins. Hop flavor and bitterness seems to have since exited the brew. Heated alcohol cuts through prior to the slow, sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: The heavy sweetness is a hurdle for me, slowing my progress to a safe crawl and impeding on the overall drinkability. It has a fairly subtle bourbon barrel character, though, overall, a pleasing taste suited to smaller, potentially fireside samples.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I believe this was the 06. Tap at Small Bar Fullteron. Pours hazy amber with minimal head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, sweet malt, caramel. Good mix of the bourbon flavor, I thought it was well done.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
small bar at fullerton. pours slightly hazy amber with small off white head. aroma of vanilla, oak, aged/oxidized caramel notes. flavors are mostly oak and vanilla with charred barrel tobacco character. nice aged bw but not much bourbon 8/4/8/4/16
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft (2006). Pours amber with an off white head. Bourbony sweet aroma with some sweet caramel malty sweetness. The flavor has some bourbony and woody notes with some toffee like malty notes. Tasty.
tastybeer (1842) - Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours dark gold with an off-white head. Flavors of butterscotch, caramel, light booze, bourbon, very smooth beer.
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at R & H. 2006 version. Pours a deep caramel with no head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, candied malts and light alcohol. Taste is much the same as the aroma.
Slipstream (2192) - USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the terrific, and very popular, Rattle’n’Hum 2010 Stone event. Tangy aroma. Smooth, nicely balanced flavors - sweetness and bourbon. Very good.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone old guardian aged in bourbon barrels. Tap at smallbar
Fullerton for Stone takes over the taps.... Pours a mostly opaque reddish caramel brown with a thin
soapy white head... Aroma of sticky dark fruits and caramel maltiness
with a smaller subtle bourbon feel and more of a vanilla presence on the backend. bourbon is subtely felt. Flavors followed suit to a tee with a predominance of sticky
dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla. Just a hint of bourbon with a semi-bitter
finish. A little spicy heat on the backend. Pretty subdued barrel
presence. Nice but. Body has held up nicely overall.