Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Nice nosy aroma, with the alcohol readily apparent. Coloring is a nice dark amber, appearing almost purple in the right light. Alcohol is nicely masked in the flavor, and the burnt/bitter feel gives it a nice sour mash feel. I don’t think Stone has disappointed me yet. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 24, 2006
From a bomber dated August 2004. Man, the past few days have been crappy, so I popped the cap on this to give me a lift. Stone, as usual, does not dissappoint. Pours a deep, dark, hazy amber with a light tan head. Complex nose - cetainly malt, plus chocolate and a nice roastiness, all on top of a light hop. Overall, there is an earthiness to this aroma, almost wood or bark. I have seen other raters use peat in their reviews, maybe this is what they meant. Flavor is also complex, malty, earthy. The borbon influence is apparent, and so is the alcohol to some extent, but it all just goes together; it works. Finish is a roasty, bitter chocolate, hangs a bit in the mouth, leaving a bitterness that reminds you of the experience you just had. I opened this to lift me, and lift me it has, into a calm, warm familiar place. Simply lovely. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bomber. Pours a carmel-red color with a very light tan head. Sour aroma gives way to a smokey, roasty, malty flavor, with carmel and sugared fruit notes. Mild hoppiness on the finish makes this one damn warm and smooth offering. If I were running stone, I’d unretire this one. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2006
A brownish/amber pour with almost no head. An aroma of roasted malt is dominate. A flavor of sweet maltiness and a warmth that surprises me from the 7.8%. A pleasant bitter finish. When I opened it and poured it the aroma reminded me of a Barley wine but the look didn’t. I’ve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I don’t remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Had this for awhile, finally decided on opening it. Nice brown color. Foamy head tight bubbles no lacing. Strong nutty malt aroma with some sweet corn syrup or brown sugar notes. Dry bitter nutty flavordefinitely some bittersweet chocolate in there and the oak chips added to give that vanilla bourbon flavor are very apparent, solid brew here. Love it. Finsihes a dry bitter nutty flavor solid warmth from the alcohol engulfs your torso. Umm good.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a very dark ruby brown with almost no head to see. Nose is caramel, pine tar, and nutty. Flavor is still there, though the alcohol seems to be peeking out quite a bit. Nuts at the start and as an aftertaste as well. It really hits stronger after a few seconds longer. Most lasting palate experience that I can remember off of just one sip. Feel is thick, almost syrupy. Drinkable for sure. Masterfully crafted and seems to still have life left. Never had it fresh, but this seems pretty good without knowing the difference. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Cloudy brown with no head. Aroma roasty, chocolate, and citrus. Taste of choclate and orange, brown sugar, mild banana, roasty taste, and a crisp finish. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Had fresh from the cask at the Stone open house. It was amazing! Coffee, toffee, woodsmoke, and the trademarked Stone hop bite at the end. I’m grabbing a case of this stuff. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Red-brown body with a thick, tan head. Decent lacing.Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Nicely balanced aroma. Roast and malt with an interesting hop aroma. Maybe smelling the wood chips too.
Lots of malt in the flavor. Lingering hop bitterness.
Big mouthfeel. Thick but not too sweet.
Appearance is a reddish brown with a moderate beige head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, grapes, and nutmeg. The flavor is a heavy malt AND hop assult. An awesome mixture of sour fruit, coffee, nuts, and pine. This one is a slow sipper that would be excellent to have this fall. Im impressed and very shocked to find this one in my neck of the woods. Another good one from Stone!