mcberko (18422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Aroma is subtle - roasted malt and maybe a slight hint of the barrels. Flavour is quite watered down - light malt, light barrels, with a thin body. Decent, but lacking. I definitely prefer the original. brokensail (16601) - 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. djd07 (15284) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
On tap at proof in talahassee. Pours a dark brown with a small frothy light tan head with sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and raisin. Medium mouthfeel with roast chocolate and smoky finish. Very good amd easy to drink. Tmoney99 (14755) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an aqverage frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt, chocolate and sweet bourbon aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted chocolate and sweet bourbon flavor with a medium bourbon sweet malt finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met.
Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Sample on Day 1 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/12/2011. The beer is brownish black with amber around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates to an outer ring. Aroma of bready malt and bourbon. Medium to full smooth body with an oaky bourbon character backed up with flavors of charred malt and vanilla. The finish is slightly boozy with a smoked malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
phaleslu (10456) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2011
Name: Smoked Porter, Bourbon Barrel
Date: September 10, 2011
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, hint of smoke
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, touch of smoke, light oak, hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Only the third rating for this? Wow. Also should probably be a ’Smoked’ instead of just a ’Porter’. Draft in a sampler at the Stone Total Tap Takeover at iTap-Soulard. Looks just like the other Smoked Porter treatments on the pour- dark, copper-highlighted brown with a tiny beige ring for a head. The aroma is a bit too faint but has decent barrel notes- vanilla, bourbon, oak- leading the way, along with faint smoked malts, butter, and brown sugar. The flavor is also led by the bourbon barrel notes early, followed by smoke late and lingering in the aftertaste. Also some earth, char, and rust, which give it a gritty mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Cool beer. 3fourths (9351) - 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. drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
8/2/11. On tap. Opaque black pour with a nice creamy light brown head that sticks but doesn’t lace much. Somewhat subdued aroma... very light barrel characteristics with some vanilla and coconut paired with fudge and a touch of salty smoke at the end. Rich but somewhat one dimensional flavor with a touch of fudge and vanilla, a bit of salty smoke, and huge tannic husky bitterness. Not impressed. PorterPounder (8171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof - on tap. Dark brown pour, khaki colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Sweet aroma of bourbon and peat. Flavor is dominated by the bourbon, very sweet and leaning to the cloying side of the house. Some licorice notes, a hint of coconut and vanilla. Thinnish mouthfeel for the style. Expected just a tad more from Stone, the bourbon tastes almost as if it was poured in later as an afterthought.