abcfan (883) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. Pours black with a small tan head. Campfire aroma. Taste is smoke, some cherry and chocolate. Dry, roasted, biting hop finish.
bgburdman9 (861) - 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.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 ....And then Stone made a Porter to rival manís existence!!! The aroma is astoundingly strong, and the taste is brimming with coffee flavors. The aftertaste is one of the best i can think of off the top of my head. The color is very dark brown, blackish colour that almost cries "drink me, drink me". Definitely worth 4$ out of your pocket, a beautiful porter.
Re-rate 7/6/05..... Man I am seriously going to miss this beer as this was my last bottle... fairly pitch black, thick, viscous orange/tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, whiskey, and smoke. Flavors are full bodied, thick, roasty, smokey, alcohol and chocolate. Mild carbonation, heavy hop bitterness distinguishing this from ANY other Porter... this is the best Porter in existence in my opinion...and im sad to see it go!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very roasty porter with creamy chocolate hints. Along the lines of Fuller's London Porter, but to put it simply, moreso in every regard. However, strengthening beers does not always make them better and I think something is lost occasionally in the translation. This beer was a dark, dark brown with tinges of ruby amber. Small but substantial head. Flavor was primarily chocolate and raisins (raisinettes?) with tinges of smoke here and there.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
VERY hoppy. The most hop-infused porter Iíve had. The label, as is the case with most Stone brews, is very indicative to the beer itself: An array of seemingly confusing elements that somehow work out with sheer effective elegance. There is a noticeable malt presence, but the roasted barley I am so partial to in porters seems to a bit obscure. The alchohol is blended nicely, although there is a slight cloying of bitterness that leaves me curious as to what is hiding under that strong flavor.
Darwenus (813) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great God, this thing is a beast. This and the recent re-release of the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout really take Stoneís malt game to a new level. This beer pours jet back with little head, and the aroma is very strong, bitter malt and more very strong, bitter malt. The flavor adds a little bit of dark chocolate and boozy notes, but this thing never gets sweet and never even implies sweetness. Just sledgehammer roasted malt character that never wears out or backs down.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours dark black with a thick head and good retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Smoke is way in the back. Full bodied and slightly syrupy. More like an Imperial Stout in my opinion. Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised by the roasty sweet malt. This is one heavy Porter bordering on a Stout. Has a slight bitter and dry finish. Thanks to CaptainCougar for bestowing upon me this wonderful brew.
furthur (762) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, black beer, big cream colored head, amazing lace. Aroma is chocolate, some metal, raisin and fig, dust, and flowers (really, I swear!). Taste is vanilla, coffee, citrus rind, sprucy hops (because this is stone), and bergamot (again?), hint of smoke. Palate is creamy, carbonation almost nitro.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black. Nice dark tan head and lace. Nose of deep roasted malt, waves of coffee, light chocolate, light smoke and hops. Very smooth (even more so as it warms), lots of roast on palate, coffee, cascades beat you up a bit and stay with you for a while, they finish the beer beautifully. Medium bodied. A rich, malty mífin , roasty as hell brew with an above average hop kick with a drying finish is the best way to describe this badboy. I would mention the 8% but dont think I tasted it, after almost 400 brews, 8% doesnt even make me flinch:-) Reminicent of Storm King. Thank you herbjones.
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!