golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF NOTB. A little smoke / toasted malt and sweet brandy in the aroma. The burnt flavor wasn’t as good as I remember it being, but the brandy was a nicely done compliment.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 On tap at Stone’s World Bistro early 01/08. Pours deep amber – brown with near infra red edges and tan head. The aroma is a bit on the light side with a mixture of brandy, wood and chocolate malts. The taste begins with a dessert like beer sweet tastiness. YUM!!!! Upon further investigation I get chocolate malts, sweet brandy, a hint of brandy dryness, barrel woodenness then it moves toward roasted malts with a splash of burnt malts. Really nice balance achieved here between the brandy, wood and rich maltiness. The smokiness is somewhat left way in the background much like the base beer. It is only just noticeable. Wow, I loved this beer.
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a low off-white head. Nice brandy aroma with sweet malt. Flavor adds some oak, vanilla, and just backing smoke. LIngering sweet malt and brandy, Medium body. Very drinkable. Good beer.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and brandy. Thick creamy palate. Rich dark chocolate taste, smooth brandy notes, rich vanilla and oak tastes to the finish and a long lingering alcoholic warmth.
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 On Draft at Stone’s Winter Storm event. Aroma was great with the normal smoked porter smell, accented with oak, sugar and a hint of fruit. Flavor was outstanding. Smooth and complex. Aging it in the barrel really mellowed the flavor, and added a rich oak/bourbon flavor. A mellow brown sugar flavor also was present. My favorite beer sampled at the event. (RERATE from Night of the Barrels; lowered my rating from a 4.6. Don’t really disagree with what I wrote previously, I just overrated it a bit).
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on draft at Stone’s World Bistro during Winter Storm 2006. This is a brandy barrel aged version of their Smoked Porter.
The flavor and nose hit you with lots of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. It’s far less roasty than their regular smoked porter. Definitely very tasty.