elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, accompanied by a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely prominent--the smell of alcohol is predominant, mingled with orange and chocolate. There is also some tannin present, a faint aroma of wine and grape. The taste is dense and complex, but opens up as you work through the beer and as it warms up. Alcohol dominates, but chocolate malts are discernible. Fruit and some spice is present and becomes more so. There is a roasted flavor in the aftertaste, but it gradually diminishes. Make no mistake, this is a strong ale, not a stout. But stout and porter lovers will find much to appreciate here. Mouthfeel is kind of average in comparison to the aroma and flavor. Slightly thick, and with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Doesít detract from the experience, but doesnít add much. In sum, an excellent beer that lives up to the desciption. Orange and chocolate are the leading flavors, and lovers of fine liquor or red wine will find much to like, too.
CardsFan25 (88) - - DEC 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great way to finish my first session at the "World of Beer." Dark with a smooth aftertaste...i canít wait until next yearís shopping trip!
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate color, but the taste is much crisper than itís appearance. There is a coffee & chocolate carried taste that also has a vanilla tone.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black that light canít penetrate. Smells of caramel, hops, and sadness. Very complex taste of all of the above. Good beer.
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color of tar, opaque, with fluffy head-laces the glass. I smell nuts. I smell stir fry, possibly a hit of sesame seed oil. Battle of different flavors stays on the palate for a looong time. Bottle at Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL.
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Starts with a nice foamy tan head with a pitch black body and a roasty aroma. the taste is dominated by a boozy highly carbonated with chocolate notes.
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.
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.
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! ~