drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old Review from 2010 - El Camino pours a lot like a stout. It’s almost pitch black. A two finger tan head pours and leaves a line of lacing around the glass.
The issue with this beer for me at least is that nothing really stands out. I had to put my nose into the beer a few times to really pick something up. What I did pick up was roasted malt, slight aroma of coffee and chocolate, and some spice kick. It stated on the bottle that the brew was made with peppercorn and fennel. So that would explain that.
The taste is just more of the same. Not bad at all but just not fantastic. Once again nothing really stands out here. Up front the spices come in and are washed away by the roasted malt. I also picked up some dark fruits. Some figs mixed in with licorice. In the end your left with the taste of some alcohol and spice.
The mouthfeel is dry, smooth, and medium bodied.
Nik925 (768) - USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly burnt, a bit harsh. The malt dominates, but some spice, oak, cherry come through with a bit of smoke and fig. The fig is noteworthy, the rest of the additions are smashed behind the malt flavor. Dense and a bit thick on the palate. Surprisingly nice carbonation considering the density. Worth a try.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark plum/mahogany color with tan head. Soft nose of figs, dates, and caramel. Taste is more of the same with added baker’s chocolate, molasses, coffee, and nuts. Medium-thick body with good carbonation. Musty, somewhat hot finish. Very complex. Nice.
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a good tan head. The nose is really nice and brings forward some citrus and tropical hops as well as a bit of pine. Roasted malt with a bit of chocolate in there, and faint hints of pepper. Nice mouthfeel with a bit of spice. Nice roast and bitter characteristics playing off one another. Quite drinkable; a very nice collaboration that wasn’t taken too far in any one direction.
77ships (4545) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft@Stone vs. Moeder: black with a thick mocha head, smell is lots of grapefruit and pine hops, taste is sweet with lots of fruity American hops mixed with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramelised coffee and pepper
Koelschtrinker (11393) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vollmundiger schokolasiger Antrunk, sehr cremig. Weiterhin äußerst vollmundig, gleichzeitig stark süffig. Bis zum Ende nur minimal alkoholisch. Harmonisch, deutliche Kafeenoten aber nur wenig Röstigkeit. Super! 13/14/13/12//13
Geokkjer (6155) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma roasted malt, caramel, spice,caramel, molasses and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malt with some roasted malt and spice. Medium body, average carbonation. Really nice beer.
DutchDrebus (4421) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Moeder Lambic during the Stone vs Moeder Lambic event. Pitch black with a light brown head. Smells hoppy, chocolate and coffee. Tastes hops and chocolate.. amazingly well balanced. Full body, great carbo.
Benzai (9340) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Creamy light brown head, opaque black color. Smell hops, fruits, dark fruits and lightly bitter. Taste is a little less good than the smell, but still nice hoppy and some fruityness. Very nice mouthfeel and a medium to full body.
JoePeesie (897) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A deep dark earthy ASA. Pours a deep dark brown with a nose of dry hops and malts. This was a great beer fresh and I’m hoping that the one I saved will be even better (a touch less hot and more balanced) with a year or 2 on it.