daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Growler fill from brewery. NOTE: The tag on the growler has this at 11.9% (though currently listed here as 9%). Pours black with three fingers of light brown head. Nice complex aroma of charred wood, thick molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, campfire-roasted marshmallows, vanilla, boozy barrel, roasted nuts, and a hint of maple syrup. Flavor has lots of bourbon up front followed by fudgy dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla extract, some astringent smokiness, and some dark coffee. Not overly sweet or smoky, but quite a boozy flavor and finish. I was surprised to see a BA version of this beer as I understand it was brewed only once and apparently not a whole lot of it. I liked the original and the extra six months or so in the bourbon barrel have only improved it. (5, 744) JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Growler fill from stone. Murky dark brown pour, small tan head. Smooth milk chocolate, sweet cocoa and vanilla, bourbon, light smoke, and a touch of dried fruit. The alcohol is completely hidden, no booze. A nice smooth, easy drinking bourbon BA beer if there is such a thing. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice bourbon and vanilla scents, taste is similar but a tad lighter and smooth. Sledutah (7495) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
GABF 2012 douglas88 (9064) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head
Aroma of roasted malts, smokey, coffee and chocolate
Taste of roasted malts, grainy and roast coffee
Very nice, smooth.
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a nearly total black color with a small tan head. A big sweet nose of bourbon and malt. The flavor tastes like Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla and wood, a bit of heat. Not overly smoky or bourbon filled. Smooth. Good.
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
P: Black with redhilights and a khaki head. A: bourbon, wood, vanilla and brown sugar. T: Dark chocolate upfront, with bourbon following through, some figs and black licorce and smoke come afterwards. M: light mouthfeel and creamy. O: a good beer beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
At the L.A. Beer Week opening day at Stone-Pasadena. Pours a dark black. Lots of bourbon on the nose but the taste is more a balance. Not much smokiness here but very smooth with a bit of vanilla taste to me. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 On tap at stone Pasadena pre opening. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is slight smoke and bourbon. Taste is initially boozy but finishes with a touch of smoke on the back of the pallet. Medium carbonation. Overall, pretty damn tasty.