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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Our blend of barrel aged Imperial Stout, Old Inventory Barley Wine and our standard Black Cat Foreign Stout.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blomster (251) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2011
Rating from notes, on tap at SF Beer Week 2010 Opening Gala. Pours dark, dark brown, tiny brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, barrel, burnt oak barrel, chocolate, vanilla. Full bodied, quite sweet, lots of flavor, alcohol heat, chili pepper, burnt wood in the finish. A truly great blend!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
From Bistro BA Fest 2009. Aroma is roasty, light chocolate alcohol, bourbon. Taste is roasty chocolate with bourbon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour certainly lives up to the name of the beer. Dark as night with a thin brown head. S: A (dare I say?) decadent mix of sweet goodness fills the nose; chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla all make for one hell of an aroma. Bourbon, oak, and a touch of alcohol round things out. T: Though conceivably quite difficult, the flavor might just be a touch better than the nose. Rich chocolate and caramel works magic with the roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Just about perfect. M: The body is full and creamy, almost chewy. The carbonation is minimal. D: This was one of the best beers of the day. I’m pleased to have been able to try this one and hope for an opportunity to do so again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (884) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Sampled at Stone’s first Oakquinox in April 2010. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is booze, wood, dark malts, and vanilla. Flavor also boozy with dark malts and a little chocolate. Surprisingly light mouthfeel with a boozy finish with some lingering roasty bitterness. (24, 297)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (952) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Deep mocha black with a beige head that did not last long. Great dried prune on the aroma. Great full flavor of mocha, roasted bourbon and raisin. Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Oaquinox. Black color. Small amount of roastiness. Easy to drink. Mellowed. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4256) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
On draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Dark brown pour, creamy tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, light oaky bourbon, vanilla, and raisins. Very nice! Thick and silky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2010
Draught @ Toronado...Pours thick and dk dk brown with amedium tan head...aroma is full of cocoa malt and roast, vanilla and some cherry?...flavour is similar, never deviated from a very fruity Imperial Stout, coffee, cocoa, dk pit fruits, creamy malt and burnt woody bitterness...carob and molassas add sweetness to the thick bitter body...pretty delicious...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 On draft at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens for Oakquinox (Escondido, CA): Pours deep brown, thin tan head, which reduces to resilient lacing. Solid nose of roasted malts, chocolate, toasty vanilla, charred oak, caramel, and some bourbon. Delicious flavor, full of milk chocolate, vanilla, soft bourbon, burnt malt, and some vinous characters. Lightly dry, smooth lasting finish, charred malts, but overall, amazingly balanced. And thick. Drinkability: Multi-dimensional, simply delicious. Pairing: A half dozen of North America’s Finest Oysters. Rebuy: Yes. #412 on 19042010, DG.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
Draft. Blackish beter with a tan head. Chocolate and barrel notes in the aroma. Barrel and chocolate flavor with light roast and toffee. Fuller bodied. Barrel and chocolate lingers with light roast and light vanilla.


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