hapjydeuce (1004) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 10, 2017
Bottled, release No.1. Poured into a snifter, appearance is stellar. Reddish brown foam caps off a charred blackness of a beer. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoked oak wood, vanilla, dark fruit, raisins, figs, caramelized brown sugar. Bit of acidity/astringent tone hanging in the back of the nose. Flavor is sweet, warming and intense. Massive vanilla, boozy bourbon and chocolate takes the stage. Licorice and fruity ester hangs around on the end. The barrel kind of seemed to really overwhelm this one, plus I'm not really sure what's up with the estery astringent finish. I don't recall 12th anniversary showing the same, so hopefully this isn't early stage oxidation. Palate is thick and satisfying leaving a mildly oily residue. Overall it can be enjoyed in small quantities but perhaps this classic was best left out of the barrel. ChrisOfstad (358) - Hamar, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2017 Taster at Stone Company Store on Kettner. Almost Black with little brown head. Bourbon aroma and taste. Could have been smoother! Hermod (8415) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2017
65cl bottle, as 20th anniversary bitter. Piotrek4 (315) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 9, 2017
Poured near black color with a thin white brown head.
Dark chocolate, roastedness, soy notes, molasses.
Sweet, syrupy flavor, molasses, roastedness.
Jest tu niby wszystko co miało być. Olej kokosowy, wanilia, czekolada i pralinki. Ale to wszystko na niezbyt wysokim poziomie intensywności. Poza tym trochę brakuje ciała, jest delikatnie za bardzo nasycone i trochę alkoholowe. Może nawet fuzle? Smaczny RIS, choć niezbyt intensywny, no i z małymi wadami. dorain (691) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-09 getrunken. Ein feines Imperial Stout nur kommen hier kaum Aromen durch das BA und den Hafereinsatz durch. Die 12th Anniversary Version gefählt mir deutlich besser.
90 (879) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2017 Bought @ De Caigny. 50cl. brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Aroma is boozy and bitter. Taste is bourbon, bitter chocolate, a tad too much wood, I'd dare to say a tad smokey. Palate is oily and creamy at the same time. Aftertaste is bourbon and bitter chocolate.
On tap @ Strong Ale Fest 2016. Pretty much black in color with a tan head. Was really looking forward to this beer as the 12th Anniversary was one of my favorite Stone beers. Unfortunately, found this one to be a let down, but I guess I sort of expected that based on other Stone barrel aged beers. It’s kind of just astringent and woody without the richness of the original beer. Get some booze, bitter roasted malt, and cocoa. At least has some good chocolate character. Maybe a little bit of molasses. bubbleflubber (2241) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Pours into the glass a thick oily black, with a soapy, diminutive dark chocolate head that leaves no lace of which to speak. The nose immediately hits with dark chocolates, bitter chocolate and a hint of woody oak. Flavors immerse in mixed chocolates, predominantly baker’s, bitter, bittersweet and semi-sweet strains. There is also vanilla, oak, some phenols; very well-integrated, providing a substantial, complex palate. The finish is of semi-sweet chocolates with a vanilla kiss. The full body and superb silky mouthfeel work in tandem with flavors and the aforementioned palate complexity make for a perfect aperitif, or nightcap. A great brew here from Stone, and one that I would accept anytime... with delight! Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Deep black with a quickly retiring tan foam. Aroma leans heavily on bourbon sweetness, dry chocolate, and old oak sensations of wet leather and work boot. There’s a flash of vinous ester character that comes across as dried fig, or berry fruit leather. Oxidation seems to be settling in quickly. The flavor has more charred meat and pepper, but is much the same; vanilla, chocolate, and toffee inflected bourbon flavors petering out under the neutralizing influence of old oak barrels. Earth, damp wood, old books. The palate reflects this issue as well; though the expected unbearably sweetness is absent, in its place is a deadened earthiness and a palpably worn-out texture. At times, due to this overwhelming old-wood quality, this can even seem refined somewhat, connecting to the appealing flavors of old Rioja or the like. It doesn’t quite work overall. Really not sure what is happening here, as all this oxidative stuff can’t definitively be blamed on the bourbon barrel aging. johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle from Greg and Jane’s
Solid black color with a huge frothy tan head that persists. Chocolate roast and sweet bourbon with bits of oak vanilla and tart cherry. Lots of alcohol warming and bits of tart cherry lactic starting to come out. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Pretty tasty but this one does seem to be turning assuming it was clean when it was bottled.