Odeed (1799) - 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.
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Deep chestnut body, like Coke, somewhat opaque, but light gets through the edges. Tall foamy tan head.
Aroma: Mild aroma of dark chocolate and char, light hops showing through, smells light pine. Very mild aroma.
Taste: Some smoke and char, light chocolate, hints of sweetness, finish is dry and of espresso beans.
Palate: Medium bodied, creamy foamy carb.
Overall: Just okay, I dunno, doesn’t do much for me.
skmikeg (1787) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a two finger khaki head with outstanding lacing. Aroma is of smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark roast coffee, berries,vanilla, pine, molasses, sweet malts, toffee,and cherries. Taste is similar to the aroma with a lot of nice smoked malts, chocolate, and full city coffee notes. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, slightly dry, long, lingering, smoked finish. Overall, a outstanding imperial porter that is very complex with a nice combination f smoke, chocolate, and coffee notes.
monk191 (1777) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer overall. Pours a beautiful deep ball with a white head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate and mint. Taste is thick and smooth, with vanilla, followed by chocolate and mint, and a hoppy finish. Had on tap at Bailey's Taproom.
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. Flavors are roasted malt, hops, chocolate, coffee, and some fruit. Body is medium, and the aftertaste is a little bitter. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.
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!!
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 An essentially black body with a short-lived tan head. Dry charcoal-y aroma with a dark sweet presence right underneath it, smells like blueberry and apricot. Rose petals at the end of the aroma. Big malty flavor and that same dry charcoal wraps up with grapefruit tartness. Dark apricot notes in the malty start. The finish has more charcoal dust combined with porterish tartness. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I found the smoked element to be distracting.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A five star for number 500. As hard as it is to believe that I have finally enjoyed my 500th different type of beer, it is harder for me to believe just how damn good this beer was. Stone does it like no other. I am a big fan of the porter style. Powerful, dark, malty,, I absolutely love it. And then they go and hop it up. A great beer for a great occasion. I also enjoyed the informative, inspirational and slightly amusing story on the back of the bottle.
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a near black with a khaki head. Chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, smoke, dark fruit and oak aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, oak, dark fruit, resinous hop, licorice and smoke flavors. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Chocolate, smoke and roasted malt finish.
DocJitsu (1715) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a one-finger, rich, khaki colored head. Roasted malt nose. A bit nutty. Rich and bold, particularly for the style. Relatively, quite thick. Sweet up front, but burnt ends savoriness quickly dominates and lingers.