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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Porter


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This beer has quite a funky nose to it; it is so funky it seems almost unintentional. The aroma is lightly tart, yet has caramel and toasted malt notes to it. It has a funky mustiness to it and almost a leather-like quality to it as well. The head has some good staying power and is light brown colored. The body of the beer is a hazy brown color.

The taste is dry, yet it still has quite the brown ale profile; notes of toasted malt, caramel, browned, biscuit like grain and a light burnt soda cracker flavor. This beer in some way is clean compared to other sour beers here today, yet it still has a light tartness and even an underlying funkiness that some of the other sour beers have not had. This has a phenolic note that is almost plastic like and is a bit hot. This is actually a bit unbalanced as the phenolics seem to dominate the flavor profile after a bit. The brown grain character seems to accentuate the phenolics at times too.

This definitely seems unintentionally funky to me; it doesn’t quite work, but was still worth a try. The flavors are interesting (especially the combination of dark malts and funk), though a bit harsh in the end.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap. Bourbon Barrel Stock Porter. Pours with a deep brown body with a large and creamy tan head. Aromas are of brown sugar, dark fruit, vinous, Laffy Taffy, mild diacetyl, mineral, barrel and some acidity. Flavors are tart, tobacco, woody barrel character, brown sugar, soil, and some sort of cocktail or liquor that I cannot place. Almost aperol like. Lively carbonation, dry, a bit creamy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2011
On tap at Hamiltons. Black with a creamy tan head. Roasty grainy aroma. dry citrus slight chocolate taste with a watery palate. Not as much bourbon as I had hoped for, but still not bad.
Earlier Rating: 7/29/2007 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Stone. Very dark brown with no head. Chocolate malt aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt taste with oak notes and a clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Aromas were roasty chocolate with some sour notes. Flavors were classic porter dust. Not very sour actually, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2007
On tap at Stone. Pours blackish w/ minimal lacing. I thought this was aged in a whiskey barrel from the aroma and the flavor. Smells like an old malted whiskey barrel w/ some vegetation. Surprisingly light nectar w/ minimal residual effers. It’s almost flat. Flavors are unusual and as I said before exhibits whiskey overtones. It is quite complex but not real enjoyable. The sour character is defined and so is the oak w/ no detectable sweetness at all.. Other nuances of a floral perfume, vegetation, slight black cherry w/ a mild roast component. The finish has the hallmark souring and leaves the palate a bit confused.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Sampled at the 1st annual Stone Sour Festival 2007. A barrel reserve porter that is sour? Wierd. but not bad. Different for sure.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Draft-14th brew of Stone 1st Annual Sour Festival, July 22nd 2007. Shared this cool day very mellow day with bikesandbeer, wetherel, westsidethreat, padrefan, fordest, denverlogan and many others. Pours dark brown with a half finger tan head. The nose is very sour and very funky and pretty damn weird. The taste is sour and light and really not very porter like in any way except perhaps appearance. Weird.


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