Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light citrus and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish. Tastes like a decent stout, but nothing Belgian or fruity like the bottle says.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
black body with a dark brown head.the aroma is a mix of oatmeal,chocolate,vanilla.with a roasted nutty finish.flavor is a mix of smoke,burnt roasted malts,ash,alcohol,chocolate,and a strange bitter/spicy finish.reminds me of skullsplitter in a way.and i did not care for the beer either.
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Deep dark pour with a thick brown head. Roasted malt aroma along with hints of chocolate, sweet fruits, yeast. Flavor was roasted malt, hints of vanilla, oak, citrus. The flavors came out as the beer warmed in my hand. It was served too cold in my opinion. Good thing for patience.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jim for bringing the bottle. Dark brown with a medium creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate with hints of citrus and coffee. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, mild alcohol, and some light orange on the finish. Mild roasted bitterness and minor warming as it warmed.
drjay44 (3369) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. 8.9% ABV per the bottle.. Pours a thin mocha head, with a bit of lacing over a clear, dark brown (SRM 40) body.....nose is dominated by coffee and chocolate, with a bit of vanilla and wood....taste initially is coffee bitterness, which evolves into mild sweet malt and finishes with further coffee/hop bitterness which lingers.....mouth feel is thick and creamy, and this is aided by the medium carbonation. I understand that this is young and needs some time to mature. I was still somewhat disappointed, because the kilned and heavily roasted malts really dominated more than I expected. It will be interesting to check its maturation. Also this is really on the absolute edge of the Belgian Strong category. How about calling it an Imperial Porter??
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Wow! Does this beer have an identity crisis going on here or what? Itís a Belgian Strong Ale, but no wait, itís a porter, but wait again, itís a stout! Iím a little muddle-headed as to which way Stone wanted to go with this offering? Well, I checked out Stoneís website, and it is best described as a Belgian style Imperial Porter; so I guess Iíll go with that for now.
A strong smokey aroma, almost as if someone snuck a charcoal briquette into my glass when I wasnít looking. Also, I detect hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is absolutely mind-blowing! There is so much going on here that after the first few sips it almost doesnít make sense, so I let the beer sit for a while, and things started coming together.
This beer reminded me a lot of Cazeau Tournay Noire, which just so happens to be a true Belgian Stout - go figure! ~
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I love Stone as much as the next guy, but I did not enjoy this beer and I was so looking forward to it. We were pairing it up with some smores on a trip to a cabin and I thought it would be wonderful. I picked up on the notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of citrus from the peel, but I found it to be chalky and dry. I trust Stone and Iím giving them the benefit of doubt. They say not to drink it until 12-12-2012, so Iíll get another bottle and hold on to it and re-rate it in a few years
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle gave a dark black brown color with a rich mocha colored head. Aromas of Belgian yeast and bread. Kind of closed in actually. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and oak. The tangerine peal is nice. Very smooth on your palate.This beer certainly wonít get worse with a year or two.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma and flavor mirror each other here. Too many flavors clashing with each other....yeast esters, citrus, chocolate, toastiness, oak, clove, molasses...etc. Too much going on, but itís a young beer. They should wait to release beers like this for at least a year. The finish is watery thin and has a slight alcoholic burn. Itís just too young to be "balanced" or "all together". Some time would obviously do it well, but the body is still very thin (probably thanks to very active Belgian yeast). The ingredients in this beer were obviously framed for the "beer nerd" but it falls short for those of us that actually like to drink beer ready on release. I could only purchase 1 bottle and refuse to wait 1-3 years to drink it. Muddled at the moment.
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler fill from brewery. Pours into tulip glass a pitch black. The big frothy light brown head has quite a bit of staying power and also leaves some great lacing -- a really beautiful beer. Smells a lot like a campfire with soot/ash/smoke, roasted marshmallows, cooked hot dogs along with some citrus notes. This may not sound like an appealing aroma, but I actually like it. Flavor is dark malts and dark coffee with some subtle hints of vanilla and fruit. The finish reveals bittersweet chocolate and a very noticeable burnt flavor. This one is rather unique, and to me seems that it should be categorized as a porter rather than a Belgian strong. I actually quite like it, but I think/hope it will get smoother and more complex over time. Hereís hoping that the bottle I also purchased will age well.