BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Stone.
Appearance is a dense and murky orange-to-amber hue, thin layer of creamy foam sustains, moderate lacing.
Smell is crisp bread malts with an underlying presence of dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.
Taste is a mix of subtle malts, oak wood tones, light whiskey, cherries, vanilla, I am not sure how loquats taste but I guess they are in the fruit profile here, some bittering hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery-to-creamy texture, prickly carbonation.
Drinkability is high, this is a great variation on the Pale Ale, the oak and bourbon serve to accent the malts and avoid dominating the taste profile, alcohol is well-masked, definitely a must try for anyone going to the brewery in the near future.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Stone Bistro. Not a big beer for barrel aging, but it was still interesting. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Nice citrus taste, and nice bourbon flavor. Was glad I was able to taste this beer my first trip out to Stone.
DenverLogan (860) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with small head. Not a big beer, but the addition of bourbon barrel aging adds some interesting complexity, as does the addition of "estate grown loquats," a fruit similar to apples. On tap at Stone World Bistro.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone. Golden copper with fizzy white head. Complex aroma: bourbon, vanilla, oak, and tobacco. Initial taste of sweet vanilla and bourbon, crisp citrus taste, and an oaky dry finish.