markwise (4664) - 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 (1379) - 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 it’s 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 (1778) - 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 Finnegan’s (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 Stone’s 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.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sticky but frigging delish. Thick almost syrup like, with a descent sized off white head. Aroma of bourbon, pitch black chocolate, some caramel and burnt malts. A tad on the burnt side flavorwise but still spectacular.
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Flying Saucer during the Stoned for Six Days. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy white head with decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with cherry, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt chocolate and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Enjoyed this one, a very impressive Imperial Stout from Stone. 800th Rating!
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a rich chocolate black/brown with an inviting beige head. Bourbon malt nose. Nicely carbed. Malts attack but the barrel takes the flavor then the malt chocolate vanilla back it up. Sweet then nicely bitter.Quite delicious.