BVery (4249) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 Tap. Black pour with a brownish head. Nice bourbon wood nose. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, and bourbon on taste. Alcohol is present.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is black with a medium tan head, good retention, but bad lacing.
The aroma is super sweet with with lots of syrup, vanilla and bourbon.
The taste is also pretty sweet with lots of vanilla and a bourbon finish.
The feel is heavy and warm.
Stone is one of my favorite stouts and this is a nice place on a good one.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger - deep black pour, arouma of prunes, dates, raisins. Smokey black malts, sweet, raisins. Bitter chocolate, plenty of vanilla and oak. Pepper and woody with plenty of peaty earth. A little hot at the finish, for my tastes.
kenwall17 (226) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at blind tiger in nyc. Beautiful coloring ---> beautiful flavoring. Banana, bourbon, mild smoky. Excellent combo with bourbon!
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ the brewery. Pours a viscous deep brown / black with a frothy tan head. Nice nose of oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and bittersweet chocolate. Heavy on the palate.....creamy smooth in the finish.
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.
S-the nose bings loads of roasted malts and some notes of dark chocolate. bourbon and wood play lightly underneath.
T-a touch of dark fruits add some additional balance to the beer, roasty malts are the focus with a bit of bitter dark chocolate. vanilla and oak make a nice presence with a pleasant bourbon finish and touch of heat.
M-full bodied and chewy wit a creamy syrupy texture and soft carbonated finish.
D-pretty well balanced beer with a nice barrel presence adding a fair bit of complexity amongst the roasty stout with light sweetness intermixed.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The bourbon smells are amzing I had the 2008 vintage at Winter Storm. I lined up the IRS, BA IRS, and 12th Anniversary bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and could easily smell which was which. All were so distinct in aroma. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak was strong on the BA IRS and I loved it. The taste was what youíd expect. It was chocolate malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak. it was medium bodied and had more carbonation than i thought but it was delicious.
JohnnyJ (3531) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone Winter Storm 2010, I believe it was 2008 vintage. Viscous dark black, with small tan head. Tons of sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, and lightly roasty. This lacks much of the dark fruits that usually go along with aged Stone IRS. Mouth feel is slightly thin, for what I would like with this beer. Excellent desert beer, sweet and delicious.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Take the amazing IRS thin itís viscous body out a bit and add a good left hook of bouron and subtle oak. The IRS is damn near perfect , so unfortunately while i enjoyed this, I keep thinking how good the original really is. Lots of booze and the chocolate and roast do find their way to the top. I guess Iím just not a bourbon barrel aging kind of guy. Excellent - but you canít improve on (near) perfection!
Butters (3320) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at brewvival. Black pour with no head. Lots of abv heat in the finish. Vanilla in the aroma. Chewy body. Really delicious stuff.