danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a 500 mL bottle from Stone Co Store South Park. The appearance is a deep brown black with a small deep brown head. The nose is full of cherry whiskey barrel, molten dark chocolate, vanilla bean, very similar to a port nose with a light dose of heat. The flavors enter with a very forward rye whiskey in both flavor and mouth feel but without a ton of alcohol burn. More sips show the cherry pouring out the beer. Chocolate and vanilla come out a few more sips in. Tasty drunken oak with a nice grit to the tongue. After a bit the intensity of the chocolate and vanilla diminishes slightly. The mouth is full with a drying oak to it with a cherry after taste. One of the best bottle BA brews from Stone to date.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a quickly subsided head.
Aroma: Cherry children’s medicine, chocolate covered cherry cordials.
Taste: Whiksey, sweet cherry, chocolate. Woody finish. Yummy. While the whiskey was present, it didn’t come across as overly boozy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft creamy carbonation.
Overall: A decadent treat that got better with some time in a rye whiskey barrel. One of my favorites in the 500 ml series.
mar (5358) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is vanilla, rye, alcohol, chocolate, and leather. Great on the palate, huge whiskey notes, creamy vanilla, wood, roasted malts, light chocolate.
JohnnyJ (5495) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, bubbly brown head which quickly diminishes. Huge rich dark chocolate, deep red cherries, rye spiciness, mollasses, and all soaked in dry boozy whiskey. Like strong chocolate covered cherries, the barrel is definitely spicy rye wisky (no bourbon - vanilla notes). Boozy, but a good sipper.
daknole (10926) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A HUGE thanks to amtran87 for the share! Nearly a black pour, nice brown head. Aroma has some whiskey soaked cherries, bitter chocolate, light charred oak, nice rye spice. Flavor is like a chocolate covered cherry with some nice rye whiskey notes. The base beer, when I had it, was very metallic and tart. That seems to have been taken away with the barrel aging. Nice!
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a froth of dark tan foam. Aroma is dominated by dry, rye whiskey with light vanilla and alcohol but underneath there is roast, chocolate, and light cherry. Taste is heavy whiskey up front with the base beer peaking out and showing chocolate, dry roast, a bit of cherry although it gets lost in the whiskey and a heavy dose of whiskey through the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the heavy whiskey influence but it’s clean and not imbalanced. Interesting riff on the original but having enjoyed a pint of the base beer a week ago I can say with confidence that I preferred that as much of what made the base beer interesting and tasty is drowned out by the whiskey. Worth a try.