Stone Imperial Irish Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels (10.8%)

Served in a 12oz snifter at the brewery tap in Escondido, California.

Well, there's no denying that Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido is a splendid place. Situated less than an hour north-east of San Diego, this massive operation consists of the brewery, three bars and restaurants, plus what seems like acres of gardens, rock formations, waterfalls, firepits and ponds complete with Koi fish. This is about indoor and outdoor seating on a lavish level. Even walking to enter into Stone consists of passing through a mini-forest with an overhanging bush canopy.

And I'm still trying to work out why after living in San Diego for six-months, this was our first visit to the Stone HQ. But anyway, the stage was set for an evening of tastings, beginning with a leftover from St. Patrick's Day: The Imperial Irish Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels.

There was no mistaking the nose which was entirely of bourbon. On the palate, the body was smooth and creamy with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, whiskey and a dash of sucrose. Strong liquorice notes were also evident with a smidgeon of molasses and coffee, plus a reprise of dark chocolate and bourbon in the finish.

A delightful beer, all the more so after discovering that this was an on tap-only beer with 2016 being the first year Stone had aged their Imperial Irish Stout in bourbon barrels. As Del Boy would say, "Luvly Jubly".
www.stonebrewing.com

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