brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a DARK brown with a light chocolate head and good retention. Aromas were a mild chocolate, some earthy oak, and subtle coffee notes. Flavors were consistent with the aroma, bitter chocolate, some vanilla as well. Carbonation was mild with some alcohol flavors in the finish. Not bad ... but not blown away. I think (hope) this will improve with age.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex. Iíve given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. Iím super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know Iíll never have it again.
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap sept.17th
A nice dark color with a nice tan head. The aroma is of dark malts,wood,vanilla,chocolate, and hints of fruit. It has a really smooth taste, dark malt,wood,chocolate, and some spice. overall a really enjoyable beer.
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! ~
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black. Medium, light tan head. Smells rich and malty with caramel, fruit, and roasted overtones. Tastes of roasted coffee and caramel, followed by just a hint of fruitiness. Finishes with a earthy nut flavor and a resonance of hops. Thick creamy texture. Incredible.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I loved this beer. Nice micro-foam head and a beautiful molasses color. The spice notes on the beer make it a really enjoyable experience.
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beers I have had. Yes a bold chocolate / vanilla flavor that compliments each other soo well. exceptionally well balanced.
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Frugal MacDoogalís in Nashville. Pours black with a brown head that stays for the length of the drink. Chocolaty aroma. Okay, the taste is something else. From what I can tell, Iíll say that it was a complex porter. A lot of coffee and chocolate tastes, but like a hint of... banana? Anyways, it was good, and Iím going to buy another bottle to age.
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really impressed my the layers of flavor in this fine Stone brew. Although the label says that they aimed for the flavors being reminiscent of artisinal chocolates with citrus accents, there were nice flavors of oak and vanilla that played a considerable role in the complexity of the beer.
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great one from Stone. Spicy and dark chocolate maltiness. Dark bubbly appearance. The 10.10.10 and 09.09.09 are amazing variations. Canít wait to try the other years.