Tasting: August 21, 2016
Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
Beer #: 996
This is a repeat of Stone’s 12th anniversary oatmeal stout. This time, it’s in a cork and cage presentation 500 milliliter bottle and it’s further aged in bourbon barrels. Nice. Had to use a corkscrew as I messed up the champagne cork. Not nice.
Out of the gate, amazing because it’s a complex bombardment of all the advertised flavors. From bitter chocolate, bourbon barrel influenced vanilla and heavy mossy oak to notes of tart cherry. Also, I’ll note a funky sour flavor. Possibly because of that tart cherry. I can’t really tell. They advertise coconut flavors yet, I don’t get that at all.
The name brings back some childhood memories. Probably because my older sister said oakmeal. Of course, it was oatmeal. It confused me. Yet, to this day, she still calls it oakmeal. Maybe it’s just more the way my father made it than how she said it.
Definitely boozy and that definitely has a negative impact. Lipids from oats lend to a somewhat rich mouthfeel. I’ll note this was $18 per bottle and was on shelves. I mean not held in the back like much of the limited release beer these days. I think I need another bottle to age. That booziness and rawness should subside over time.
In conclusion, I’ll put this version at 89 points.