blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, 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 (1853) - 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 (2482) - 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 (2319) - 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.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours a ruby orange with a thin white head. Bourbon - tons of it, malt. Super sweet, very smooth. Delicate balance of barleywine and bourbon. Warm alcohol, smooth caramel and vanilla. Subtle and well done.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2005 vintage. Minimal off-white head with clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, Bourbon, some grapefruit, light burn. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some Bourbon, alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Nice big vanilla-y oak aroma comes on strong. Still a good amount of hops in this, but they have been rounded off beautifully by time and the oaky vanilla barrel influence.
fbm115 (186) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Rattle n Hum. 2006 version
pours a light carmel yellow color. mostly clear with a touch of haze. small head cap.
smell is rich in light carmel and toffee notes. the bourbon flows smoothly with a dry tannic to clean up the malty sweetness. some alcohol to smell
the taste is rich with bourbon vanilla alcohol and carmel malt. some toffee comes though. the woodiness is low overall but the bourbon is rich. overall clean taste.
mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. low carbonation with small bubbles. creamy feel. some alcohol to feel.
overall i would love to have the opportunity to have this one again sometime.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap 2004 ed. at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a hazy, deep amber with a not much head and little lace. Amazing bourbon nose comes through with toasted coconut, vanilla, baked peaches. Taste is outstanding: fireside cordial qualities bring sweet booziness, warming spicy alcohol, subtle bourbon, vanilla, chewy caramel and toffee. All around outstanding.
Body is soft, powerful, lovely.