j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Finally one that wasn’t a dead IPA. The porter held up excellently. Pours a deep black with a thick thin white head. Gorgeous aromas of smoke, leather, tobacco, plum, prunes, chocolate. Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a touch of smoke and roast. This was great.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours a dark brune body with a tan lacing. Smoke, liquid smoke, woody character with char, hints of chocolate, and toffee. Burnt malt and ash. Good brew.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber for a little celebration. Poured coppery deeper brown with only a dusting of beige. The aroma was rich with darker chocolate and molasses supporting ashy smoke and darker, earthy spices.. aged oak and alcohol warmth on the back. The flavor opened with lightly sour smoke and oaky notes rolling into well-roasted dark chocolate, molasses, and light soy on the middle.. smoke had a wet ash character around.. bitterness was light and coffee-inspired.. decadent flourless cake-like chocolate and smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied with little carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm, with ideal influence from the smoke and the oak.. aged very, very gracefully!
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to the great people at the Bruery tasting. Pours with a dark brown body with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, tar, figs, caramel, dates, chocolate, oak and nuts. Taste of nuts, yeast, chocolate, and oak. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The finale at the back room tasting hosted at TFD Boise - Thanks Ken! Dark brown, near black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty, dark fruit, and a little faded hops. A touch of graham crackers and sweetness. Tastes of coffee, bittersweet cocoa, and roasty. Nice creamy mouthful. Still maintains some light hoppiness. Props to Stone, this aged like a champ.
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Sean and Ryan’s tasting in May; thanks Sean for throwing this rarity in! Black color with lighter edges, still some carbonation present and a hint of beige lacing. Aroma is mostly chocolate malt, smoke and some ashy plastic. The flavor is quite smooth, with more chocolate, burnt wood and some coffee grounds. Finishes with a light tang and lasting bitterness. It might be a bit past it’s prime, but a real treat to try.
dalekliz (911) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Sean and Ryan’s tasting party. Poured a deep dark reddish-brown. Huge aroma of malt and oak, and a bit of smoke. Taste starts sweet and then shifts into a big smokiness, with a bit of an alcohol bite. Lingering smokiness. Very tasty porter.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got to try this. Sean contributed this to his own tasting and hot damn I was psyched to try it. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is smokey malty with a tiny bit of band aid. Taste is quite smoky with chocolate and malty characteristics. Very very nice, quite good.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was cleaning out the cellar and ran across this gem,it was dark and thick with a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with some lingering smoke flavor,ABV is well hidden and flavor is smooth as silk.CHEERS!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Super dark brown, almost black color. Very little carbonation. Thick, rich, creamy beer. Flavor is strong on the coffee and chocolate. Very good. Stone should really consider bringing this back.