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 MacDoogal’s 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, I’ll 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 I’m 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. Can’t wait to try the other years.
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle on 12/13/12 and enjoyed while decorating Christmas tree. Bold chocolate, malt, vanilla and oak flavors pair smoothly with Belgian yeast. Carbonation remains consistent throughout. What a beer!
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although a fan of the Stone ’stable’, this one came up a little short for me; alas, I am a Belgian Abbey/Duble/Triple/Strong Ale fanatic. The appearance was fine - nice bottle conditioned, tight-bubble structure with thick, foamy head. The aroma showcased coffee, chocolate, toast, orange, vanilla and the standard yeast produced banana notes. As taken in the nostrils repeated on the tongue. This brew had all the right makings to be ’da bomb’; however, as a whole, it came up short in the areas of balance and finish. Perhaps this will get better in the bottle as time goes by? That reminds me - I better go buy another to store away for a future rating....
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
chocolate, coffee, roasty, citrus, banana, vanilla, black, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation,
amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Damn good; another knock-out from a very trusted brewer. I believe they classified this as a Belgian Porter. I’m not knowledgeable enough of styles to tell, but it tasted like a sweet chocolate stout to me. My only complaint is the price. At $6.79 per 22oz bottle, it was worth it to try once, but I won’t pay that twice.