Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with some sparse tan to light brown bubbles. Smells of chocolate, molasses, some underlying smoky hints, a nice balance of bitterness and some dark fruit. Tastes of nuts, dark chocolate, touches of coffee, some nice fruity elements and a nice balance of roastiness with hints of smoke. One of the best porters I have had. I wish this was a regular release or that I at least had another bottle of it!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor had was much of the same with some faint vanilla hidden in there. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Still a very good beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, generously shared by wetherel at the pre-BA Alesmith Release Wait and Taste. Thanks, John! Pours a dark, cola brown color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Dense, nougat and caramel in the aroma; milk chocolate and only mild oxidation; very well stored. Very dense, chewy mouthfeel: smoky / roasted malts and chocolate upfront; soft at first, before the smoke and roasted malts hit, with chewy dark chocolate and an intense chewiness and density; excellent, smoke-infused porter, without too much smoke or too little; lengthy, roasted malts and smoke and dry chocolate finish. Excellent.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Bottle bought at Stone’s secret release at Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks ago, and shared with RB+ gang at Alesmith release. Pretty good for a 5yr old beer. Roasted grains have nicely mellowed. Small bubble carbonation. Black color. Some caramelized malt. Very little oxidation. Nice level of smokiness, not overpowering, but not too mild either.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sample tasted in line @ the ba alesmith release)dark brown with a light brown head.wonderful aroma of brown sugar,molasses,oak,and chocolate.the flavor blends up the aroma with some heavy smoke and some vanilla.i like it but i think the smoke overpowered it a bit.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wish I had been able to taste more of this from its release to now. As I have no comparison, well no comparison. But can say that I really ejoyed it. Subtle and exceptionally easy to quaff. All had mellowed in most favorable manor. Can someone send me another?
nolankowal (936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
C-bus7, bottle shared by Moejuck and spector. Brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malt. Flavors of chocolate, light caramel malt, light smoke and coffee. Medium body with a bitter roastiness throughout...bittersweet finish.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a little medium black color that was not opaque. Aroma was of chocolate and some smooth and a slight bitterness. Flavor was very tastey and chocolatey. Not really getting any smokiness in this one at all. Maybe a little smoke in the aroma at the end. This showed some oxidation.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
C-bus7. Light malt and oxidation in the aroma. Dark brown body with a medium palate. Light chocolate and tons of oxidation on this one. It is definitely past its prime.
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by LBHH, thanks Glenn. Pours a dark soy sauce with little to no head. Aroma was very hoppy for a porter, but well balanced and driven by smokiness, with hints of dark fruit, cordial cherries, and roasted malts, finished off by a good kick of alcohol. The body is thin, but creamy. Flavor is nice, with lots of smoky malt presence and a port like fruit character.