Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
200th Rating!!! This is quite a fine porter. Smokey and burnt, but not to the point where you’re drinking pure ashes. Lots of chocolate and some nuttyness. Huge brown head, and very smooth for what they were trying to do here. Great balance of hops, combined with appropriate alcohol taste and bitterenss. Stone continues to turn out great beer after great beer.
Thank you Ratebeer! You have opened my eyes and changed my life!!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just when I was starting to think that Stone was an overrated brewery... This is some really good stuff, I was expecting it to be one-dimensional like many West Coast brews are (hops, nothing but hops), and the hops are here, but there are a lot of other flavors at play here too. Thanks to herbjones for the brew.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
a beautiful blaqck color small smell of roasted malts, first sip smooth large dose of chocolate,finnish with a nice smokiness hopp are perfectly balnced perfectlyrepresented
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 1 Aug 2004
Two years later, it's still great. Smokey, chocolatey, and some bitterness. Beautifully complex
Simply Beautiful. Explosions of coffee, chocolate & malt flavor. Smooth on the tongue, w/ a nice balance of malt & hops.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
YIPPIE, finally Beer #5000 Life time: If I may wax nostalgic, and take a line or two from Lewis Carrol’s ’Through the Looking Glass’ ’The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ’to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.’ Since I sampled my first sip of ’Beer’ some 50 plus years ago, as a ’Wee Lad At My Daddy’s Knee’ and as I will be 57 a week from today. Memories become much more important than you can imagine, so if I may preach a bit. ’Live each day as if It will be your last’ Take the time to be with your parents, your brothers and sisters, your wife, your friends, but most especially your children, ’Love them, nourish them, be with them’, as one day you wake up and realize that ’Life’ has moved on’ and lost opportunities are seldom regained. I’d like to thank the Arrogant Bastard himself for this magnificent beer and the signed bottle that’s going into my new cabinet.<P> The Beer pours as dark as midnight, the head is large, frothy, the lace in thick sheets that clings to the glass till the very end. Nose is Malt, caramel, toasted grains, hints of hops I also find present. Front is sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, lightly acidic, hop bitter, and the abv also adds to the long lasting ’Bitter Aftertaste’. Strong, robust, nicely hopped, high abv, can’t ask for more than this. Thanks to all of ratebeer for your encouragement and support, God Bless You All. Ranks #9 on my current 1000 beer master list. Damn, forgot to mention that I’m celebrating with a ’Lady Godiva’ cigar, 3/4’ by 8’ long, 3 year old aged Dominican Tobacco, soaked in 30 year old French Cognac!, I’m going to be dizzy after this session’
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hopped up Porter! Stone hit it with this one. Big palate a hint of smokiness and a huge dose of hops that is balanced out with just enough malt. A must try!
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My second take On Stone and man are they tasting good. I thank DaSilky1 for bringin some of this back to Buffalo here. Porters are my fav. and let me tell ya this is a great one. Especially if ya also love IPA’s which i do. This stuff is definately hopped up and it shows through in the aroma. Nice Dark colors. And at 8.0% the alcohol is a nice warm sensation and not kickin ya in the taste buds. The roasted and smoked flavors are so well balanced with the hop kick its like a party in my mouth.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There’s a hint of roasted sweetness with a distinct hoppy aroma. This pours with
a beautiful light-beige frothy head, brimming with slightly laced edges. It kind
of sticks to the sides like a shake. Mysterious and deep dark brown, you really
have to look pretty hard to peer through the edges to see anything through this
one. Big taste, but not too overpowering. I keep thinking of bittersweet chocolate
with a hint of orange overtones. Quite a good linger. It fades long, but doesn’t
coat your mouth. This definitely steps up to the plate for the category of hopped-up
porters, which I heartily recommend; but be forewarned, if you don’t enjoy porters
with a lean toward the flowers, you may want to stay away, or maybe let it age
a while. I will gladly take it off your hands and dispose of it properly.