Beer Review: STONE 12TH ANNIVERSARY AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS

Beer Review: STONE 12TH ANNIVERSARY AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens events have long been hailed as a haven for beer enthusiasts seeking exclusive brews that never venture beyond the brewery walls. Among the gems unveiled at events like Pour it Black and Oakquinox, the Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels stands out. Having initially captivated palates in 2007, this brew has evolved with time, and at last year’s Oakquinox, locals were treated to a tasting of this aged elixir.

Appearance:

The pour reveals a seemingly dense dark brown concoction, devoid of any substantial head.

Aroma:

Delving into the olfactory experience, notes of chocolate, soy sauce, vanilla, and dark fruit emerge, creating a sensory medley.

Taste:

The flavor profile presents a symphony of chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and char, each note vying for attention on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel:

Striking a chord on the thinner side of medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation, the mouthfeel offers a texture that may not align with expectations.

Overall:

While my admiration for the beer was unwavering in its youth and even with 3-4 years of maturation, the present evaluation paints a different picture. The perceived reduction in body compared to its original iteration left a mark on my palate. However, the emergence of woody undertones did manage to salvage some of the drinking experience.