JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled the 2008 vintage at the "Stoned for Six Days" event in Houston, TX. Smells of sticky sweet raisin and coffee, leaving the suggestion of oils in the nostril. Tastes dark, thick and oily, though much softer and rounded in flavor than the non-bourbon aged í08 IRS vintage. Hints of hops on the finish and a long lingering aftertaste of malt and bourbon make this a delight. Awesome.
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampler during Stone Week (April 3) at Finneganís, Plainfield. 2008 vintage. Canít you tell this was what I was drinking at closing time? Black body with a thick ring of foam. Smell of strawberries soaked in bourbon. Dare i say, more heady, impressive and intoxicating than my beloved Bourbon County Stout? Maybe. Alcoholic but not "hot," and with no "burnt" pieces like many stouts. Just some nutty roast malts paired with a fruit and bourbon smell. A great, creamy finish.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 On-tap at the Twisted Spoke for the Stone Chicago Release. Poured into a beautiful plastic cup!
A - Pours black, thin mocha-colored head, very viscous and oily.
S - Chocolate, bourbon, slight oak, sweet dark fruit.
T - Just like if you added bourbon to the RIS. Yeah, I know, not very exciting, but it sure is damn good. Chocolate, bourbon, some oak. A bitter sweet dark chocolate finish.
M - Full bodied, rich and smooth, almost zero carbonation, creamy finish.
D - I had one pour plus a drink or two out of Masterskiís as well. This was an awesome BA RIS that was probably my favorite Stone beer of the night.
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at RBSG. Pours dark brown/ black with a tan head. Nose is roast, hops, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, barrel, earth, and some coffee bitterness. Flavor is similar with the bourbon complimenting the dark fruit elements of the stout very well. The hops still come through the barrel, but much less aggressive than the nonbarreled version. Medium to full bodied and very nice sipper overall.
beernbourbon (1370) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Twisted Spoke. Pour is black with a thinck brown head. Aroma is rich coconut, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, and light coffee. Flavor is is a touch lighter than expected with a large vanilla component and a notable roasted malt flavor. Lightly woody with hints of bourbon in the finish. Palate was a touch thinner than expected however still a great beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tat at Flying Saucer, Houston.
When itís done right... Pours a pitch black with a bourbon, oak, and marshmallow nose. Flavor is bourbon, coconut, chocolate wood, caramel, and pipe tobacco. Thick and lingering on the tongue. Borderline sexual.
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Finneganís (2008 vintage) Black pour with brown head that went down. Aroma of soft bourbon and vanilla. Taste was smooth, intense taste-bourbon, vanilla. Left a great lacing. The beer stuck to the side of the glass.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz massive draft at Twisted Spoke event (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a good dark brown head that dies to a thicker film, laces pretty well. Aromas are warming vanilla tannins and roasted malts, a touch of sweeter cocoa, coffee, caramel malts. A bit sweeter than your average BA stout. Initial is smooth and silky, fairly sweet with cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Fairly full bodied on the palate. Moving into wet wood and tannins, warming bourbon, a truly easy going barrel aged imperial stout, warm roasty and a bit sweet. Goes down too easy, leaves a sweet and roasty finish, mellower on the palate than other BA Imp Stouts.. An honor to try.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours black with dark brown head. Nose is strongly raisiny & prunes. Distant cocoa and big vanilla notes from the barrel. Molasses and a touch of soy as well. On taste, much of the same. Lots of dried dark fruit and some savory slightly smoked notes. Not particularly focused and I prefer the un-bourboned version. Meh.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Twisted Spoke. Pretty solid overall. Perhaps Stoneís best offering. Feels srtonger than its ABV. Creamy body with a smooth silky mouth feel. Full bodied. One of the best heads on a Barrel Aged Stout. Aroma wasnt as great as taste. One of those that surprise you by the taste not the aroma. Taste is of vanilla, chocolate, smoke, roasted malts, and bourbon finsh, smooth.