daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, tan head. Nose is roast, roast and a little more roast. Expectedly the body is very roasty with licorice conotations. Alcohol is prevalent and finishes with a subtle hoppiness that is barely discernible over the bitter roastiness. The roastiness comes with a touch of mint that is quite welcome. Although I doubt this is very much a porter, I did love the roastiness, I could feel it in my mouth for the next few beers.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ ruby hue. Beige head. Light smoked malt aroma w/ some roastiness & a whack of hops. Full-bodied. Again a lightly smoked, roasty flavour w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & coffee. Quite a lot of earthy hops (perhaps too much).
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, 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?
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and earthy, faded hops. Smooth feel in the mouth with a fair amount of classic porter roast toward the finish. Some minimal dark fruit among the roasted character. Drinking exceptionally well considering the eight years on the beer.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer. There are so many elements.
Awesome aroma and flavor. Serious alcohol content
but you cant tell. Excellent.
Andrew196 (1438) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark. Aroma was very roasty and smokey, subtle hops as well. This beer could be called an imperial smoked porter for the hops and alcohol that came along with the full bodied taste. A very complex beer, to be expected from Stone, definitely in a class of its own. There was a slight twang in the acidic finish of this beer that kept me from rating it higher.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, snifter. Deep roasty chocolate is the first aroma I encounter. Smoke, spicey hops and the protypical porter "tang" come across next. Molasses, caramel, toffee, whisky aromas all play a smaller role. Deep cola black-brown body with hints of ruby is topped by a moderately sized, frothy tan head. Flavor starts moderately sweet with a slight bitterness. The taste experience rounds out with a gianty dry tang, light sweetness, light acidity, and moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, oily texture and slightly below average carbonation. The bottom line is: Flavor doesn’t have the complexity of the aroma, but this is still a solid offering...perhaps more out right drinkability than the regular smoked porter. Thanks Whaleman!!!
chucklemation (1424) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter, burnt roast and chocolate. Flavor is similar. Has some carbonation, some bitterness, and a smooth body. Good.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 this beer is difficult for me to rate. very attractive - almost black with reddish hints. however it seemed over hopped and a little strong for a porter. don't get me wrong, though, I thought it tasted quite good, just not what I expected
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2002. Small light-brown frothy head. Dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma... sweet whiskey, light smoke at the start, burnt grain, with some sweet fruit (maybe grape0 and brown sugar. Taste has burnt charcoal followed by a fruity (grape) bitterness (grapefruit) and sweet with brown sugar. Some alcohol burn after a while, but it has a nice smooth and almost creamy/sticky feel. Very good beer.