Brewed by Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Serve at 50-55°
Availability: Brewed once.
Enjoyed from a snifter
Ale brewed with pecans, wheat, & rye, with one-quarter aged in bourbon barrels.
A: Pours an effervescent mahogany color with two fingers of bubbly caramel-colored head.
S: This is what I expect when my local store limits a beer to one-per-customer-per-visit. Very sweet and rich up front. Huge roasty aroma that allows the chocolate, coffee, and cocoa to stand out. Burnt toast, caramel, subtle rye notes linger along with dark fruits before the bourbon presence becomes obvious. Light vanilla and rich molasses round it off. Very complex.
T: Huge flavor – this is what makes reviewing beer so much fun. As anticipated, the sweetness is pronounced. Dark chocolate, caramel, biscuity, burnt toast, molasses, spicy rye notes are sharp in contrast to the sweetness. Dark fruits, plums, figs, oak, vanilla, anise and mild hints of those charred barrels. The alcohol burn starts in the back of my throat and drifts all the way up to my sinuses. The nuttiness of the pecans really adds that southern punch and works well with the bourbon.
M: Medium-bodied, dry, but velvety and creamy as well. The slow alcohol burn is nothing short of perfect.
O: Stone broke the mold after this excellent collaboration. This is my favorite bourbon-centered brew so far. I managed to get myself four bottles, and these last two are going in the cellar.