badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and brandy. Thick creamy palate. Rich dark chocolate taste, smooth brandy notes, rich vanilla and oak tastes to the finish and a long lingering alcoholic warmth. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 On tap at Stone’s World Bistro early 01/08. Pours deep amber – brown with near infra red edges and tan head. The aroma is a bit on the light side with a mixture of brandy, wood and chocolate malts. The taste begins with a dessert like beer sweet tastiness. YUM!!!! Upon further investigation I get chocolate malts, sweet brandy, a hint of brandy dryness, barrel woodenness then it moves toward roasted malts with a splash of burnt malts. Really nice balance achieved here between the brandy, wood and rich maltiness. The smokiness is somewhat left way in the background much like the base beer. It is only just noticeable. Wow, I loved this beer. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 On Draft at Stone’s Winter Storm event. Aroma was great with the normal smoked porter smell, accented with oak, sugar and a hint of fruit. Flavor was outstanding. Smooth and complex. Aging it in the barrel really mellowed the flavor, and added a rich oak/bourbon flavor. A mellow brown sugar flavor also was present. My favorite beer sampled at the event. (RERATE from Night of the Barrels; lowered my rating from a 4.6. Don’t really disagree with what I wrote previously, I just overrated it a bit). bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft. Blackish beer with a low off-white head. Nice brandy aroma with sweet malt. Flavor adds some oak, vanilla, and just backing smoke. LIngering sweet malt and brandy, Medium body. Very drinkable. Good beer. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
I had this on draft at Stone’s World Bistro during Winter Storm 2006. This is a brandy barrel aged version of their Smoked Porter.
The flavor and nose hit you with lots of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. It’s far less roasty than their regular smoked porter. Definitely very tasty.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
EBF NOTB. A little smoke / toasted malt and sweet brandy in the aroma. The burnt flavor wasn’t as good as I remember it being, but the brandy was a nicely done compliment. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
This is what the standard Smoked Porter should actually taste like, and I think it used to. Maybe. A very satisfying but a bit too subtle brandy barrel flavor. Brings out the smokiness and coffee quite nicely. I think it should be aged more - how does one soak a beer in a brandy barrel and not have the ABV go up at all? Commit!! egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
Poured a hazy dark brown / red color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was fruity (from the brandy), vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and cocoa, with a bit of smoke as well. Taste was vanilla, brandy, roasted malts, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, but somewhat thin. Thanks John! hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
Thank you egajdzis for sharring this one! Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of butter cream, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and brandy. Tastes of vanilla, fruity, lighter wood, and chocolate. Body on the thinner side. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 22, 2008
Much thanks to egajdzis for landing this flip top filled at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a bunch of amber notes and a medium bubbly/creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of vanilla, candied almonds, brandy, light smoke, chocolate and caramel. Flavor of raisins, brandy, vanilla, almonds, light smoke, wood, chocolate, smooth and creamy.