Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
On draft at Rattle n Hum for Stone event back in late 2010. Pours a dark, almost black, brown colour. Very rich looking, like a liquer. Power bourbon aroma with caramel, dark fruits, malt. Flavour of butterscotch/caramel, bourbon, dark fruits. Very smooth and palatable. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours black / dark brown with some brown head. Strong bourbon aroma, sweet malt, caramel, booze, dark fruit, some roasted malt. Taste is light malt sweetness up front that gives way to the bourbon and an alcoholic bite that leaves your tongue tingling, finishes warm with a light bitterness and some chocolate. Very flavorful and complex, quite a treat. daleharshman (1072) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 7, 2011
2008 vintage on draft at Downtown Johnny Brown’s during the second annual San Diego Beer Week (November 2010). Served in a Delirium Tremens glass with pink elephants, interestingly. Pours pitch black with a whisper of mocha brown head. Aroma is grainy roasted malts, smoky bourbon, some chocolate. There is also an aroma of medical alcohol pad and the boozy smell is a little distracting. Flavor also has some alcohol taste and burn along with lightly smoky malts and bits of chocolate and coffee. Good, but in the end, the alcohol is too much in this...I prefer the smoothness of the regular IRS. (207, 495) mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tap at Pracna for their Stone launch party. It was the 2008 vintage. Black in color with a small khaki head. Sweet vanilla, oak, chocolate, molasses fill the aroma. Pretty solid aroma. Flavor is way to sweet for me. Lots of chocolate and bourbon with some oak towards the finish. My friend said she thought it was very coconut like in the flavor. The oak in the finish gave a strange dry finish to me. Medium heavy body. Slightly boozy but not overpowering. Overall this was a little bit of a let down. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
2008 on tap at Pracna in Minneapolis. Dark black pour, lasting creamy head and a good aroma of chocolate/booze. Flavor is heavy on the sweet bourbon, thick and creamy coffee and chocolate malt base and finishes with a slightly warming boozy aftertaste. Not a huge fan of the regular version, but this was really enjoyable.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2004 IRS, IRS 10th Anniversary Blend, IRS 10th Anniversary GK’s Mad Man Mix, and IRS Aged In Bourbon Barrels all tasted side by side at Churchkey last night.
Beer is black with a nice head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.
This beer only has a hint of bourbon to it and the rest is mostly sweetness.
Beer is nice, creamy, minimally bourbon but its still really good. The bourbon elevates the base beer well, I think the base is a 2008, its easy drinking and has this great sweetness to it on the front end. I would definitely have this again.
Serving type: on-tap
Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
The aroma is not so much vanilla as a kind of bowl of warm oatmeal with honey and lavender, along with some chocolate. Surprising alcohol in the flavor; at one sip it was too much, but mostly it was fine. Tingle on the palate that isn’t entirely alcohol related. The smoothness of the best Imperials isn’t there, but the bourbon is brilliant. Very nice; not legendary in the category. On tap at the Happy Gnome as part of the Stone release events. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Draft. On tap at Stub & Herbs Stone Tap Take Over night to celebrate Stone entering the MN market. 2008 vintage. Poured into a tall tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a dark reddish tinged mahagony brown head that left thick sticky lace all over the glass. The first whiff yields a strong dark chocolate aroma that fills my nose. Along with the chocolate, notes of molassess, vanilla, and slight bourbon are also evident. Medium velvety mouthfeel with ever so slight carbonation. Cocoa and chocolate are the dominant flavors along with the vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is slight and doesn’t overpower this beer. The alcohol is evident only by the warming effect it has as I drink this down. Nice, drinks way easier than it should. BVery (11222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Black pour with a brownish head. Nice bourbon wood nose. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, and bourbon on taste. Alcohol is present. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer is black with a medium tan head, good retention, but bad lacing.
The aroma is super sweet with with lots of syrup, vanilla and bourbon.
The taste is also pretty sweet with lots of vanilla and a bourbon finish.
The feel is heavy and warm.
Stone is one of my favorite stouts and this is a nice place on a good one.