chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
On tap at Small Bar... Dark brown body, a bit of a late gusher, light tan head, good ret and lacing... Really weak nose shows off a bit of smoke and chocolate, no barrel notes at all but a sweetness to the chocolate, disappointed... The taste is also very weak and disappointing, wonderful velvety mouthfeel but the bourbon basically destroys all flavor, light smoke and roast, more feel than taste, a little spicy finish...this isn’t bad, just a bit underwhelming Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Black pour, tan head. Lovely sweet aroma of smoke, coffee, vanilla and a little boozey bourbon. Has a moderate body and a flavor which begins with roasty char and becomes sweet vanilla and chocolate. Subtle smokiness and bourbon throughout. Nice for how the barrel flavors are in balance with the rest of the beer. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Tasted on 6/4/11 on draft at Owen & Engine. Pours opaque dark brown with an average creamy beige head. At first, the nose doesn’t give much away, but as it warms, there are aromas of vanilla, maple, milk chocolate, dark roast, and just a light hint of smoke. The flavor is more vanilla than anything else with the dark malt, chocolate, maple bourbon, and smoke all underlying. The body is medium and slick with average carbonation and a long vanilla and then the smoke really hits late into the finish. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2011
draft. nearly no head. soft nose of roast / chocolate malt with moderate levels of vanilla extract and mild smoke. the relatively strong vanilla note and the lack of actual bourbon flavor had me convinced this was the vanilla bean smoked porter and that the taps were mixed but it wasn’t the case. as it warms there’s actually a minute amount of bourbon flavor at play, but mostly the barreling comes across as vanilla and maple syrup. chewy, frothy, a little slick; almost completely different texture and body compared to the vanilla bean smoked porter. honestly quite good, given the quiet treatment and low alcohol. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
draft at jake melnick’s, chicago. dark dark pour, chocoalte notes, wisp of smoke, bourbon in aroma. Medium mouthfeel, Heavy bourbon upfront, followed by some chocolate & medium roasted malts. Bourbon seems to dominate a lot of the great aspects of this beer. Still quite flavorful
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Tasted 4/21/11. The Soulard iTap Stone Total Tap Takeover. Sampler draft. Pours opaque with a brown hue, like the original. Similar creamy head. Faint aromas of smoke and wood. Full bodied with a dry and woody palate. The malts are nice and roasted, but bitter at the same time. Bone dry with a tingling effervescence. Nice sticky finish. The barrel aging adds a smooth character to round out the bitterness. Well done, but I still preferred the Vanilla Smoked Porter. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap a Stone’s Oakquinox. Pours with a deep brown body and a big tan head. Aromas of smoke, cigarettes, ash, bacon, campfire oak and liquid smoke. Flavors are smokey, leather, light oak and chocolate. Very short duration, medium carbonation. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2011
On draft at The Foundry in KC for the Stone MO kickoff. Barrel aging is fairly apparent in the nose, with oak, bourbon and vanilla overlaying the smoky, sweet base beer, also showing notes of dark roast, chocolate and a certain dark, dried fruitiness, perhaps this even goes a bit towards the floral end of the spectrum. Opaque dark brown-black color, head is fine, uneven and lasting. Flavor very readily reflects the barrel aging process as well, with plenty of bourbon and wood, but not totally overwhelming the dark, sweet maltiness and faint woody smoke, even has a touch of hop showing up here and there, with herbal spice, earthiness and light bitterness on the finish. No alcohol presence to speak of, but this is certainly not a drawback. Fine, prickly carbonation, body is medium. Pretty tasty. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
A: This one pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a creamy tan head.
S: The roast and charred oak come through quite strongly. A little bit of vanilla to it and a mild bourbon aroma. Some ash and smoke, though the smoke is not as pronounced as expected.
T: There’s sort of a funky flavor to this, which seems to come from the combination of smoke, vanilla, and bourbon. Charred oak and malt with some bitter dark chocolate flavor in there, too.
M: Somewhat light in body, though it would be fair to say medium, with a medium level of carbonation.
O: My least favorite of the spirit barrel aged Stone beers at this point. Didn’t really do much for me. vyvvy (6733) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
At iTap Chesterfield. Thanksfully some was left after the Stone night last night. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a tan head. The aroma has more smoke than the normal version, vanilla, light bourbon and some chocolate. The flavor start with lots of vanilla traits with the actually bourbon traits taking a backseat, but still there. There is smooth roasty malt, light sourness and a hint of spice. It has a medium / light body with light lively carbonation. As the beer warms there are some dark fruit notes that come out as well as some licorice. The finish has some spicy hops and nice crispness. Interesting beer I’m glad I had an opportunity to try.