Cletus (6355) - 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!
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour. The head is light brown, quite thin. Rather complex nose, very malty that’s for sure yet with a more than healthy does of hops (orange, grapefruit, burnt wood, ashes, weed). This is all fighting side by side with mildly smoky chocolate malt, anise and wood(roots) reminiscent. Very dry palate, stone-like, the smoke hints from the aroma keep on through a harsh roastiness and dried pineapple still powerful hops. Not quite as good as the aroma fom my point of view. Full bodied, airy palate, probably too dry for what I want my porters to be, but they sure managed what they intended.
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown, with some reddish hues around the edges and a tan head. No real lacing to speak of. Roasted, coffee, some alcohol in the aroma. Some smoke was certainly present, followed by roasted coffee and alcohol as well in the taste. This was super, thanks whaleman!
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whaleman for this one! Pours thick and near black with a deep brown halo. Tall fluffy brown head. Nose is coffee, alcohol, smoked wood, and roasted malt. Possibly a hint of licorice as well. WOW! The smokiness is tastefully done. More roasted malt, a more pronounced licorice, and some hop chracter. Creamy mouthfeel with a bittersweet finish. Wonderful beer especially considering it's a year and a hlaf old.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 100th Porter rate, thought I’d make it a special one.
22 oz bottle, via beerguy101. Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black, under a foamy one finger light brown head. Very good retention and lots of heavy lacing. Aroma is hugely chocolaty with a lighter roast component. Lots of coffee, some licorice, light alcohol, light vanilla, chalk, and some cocoa powder. I didn’t get any oak at all, and only found out about it after reading the commercial deScription. Flavor is a conglometation of roast, burnt malt, alcohol, and very light oxidation. Finishes very dry with alot of chalkiness and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly oily texture and moderate soft fizzy carbonation. The mouthcoating finish really lingers on forever. This beer has really hed up wonderfully for being 4 years old. Well worth trying to seek this holy grail out, it didn’t disappoint.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Dark brown with no head. Strong chocolate and roasty aroma. Wonderful chocolate and drip coffee taste wit a smooth roasty finish
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours a dark brune body with a tan lacing. Smoke, liquid smoke, woody character with char, hints of chocolate, and toffee. Burnt malt and ash. Good brew.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color with not much head or lacing. Aroma is highly roasted with a touch of coffee and slight hops. Flavor is highly bitter and creamy, hops are present, but the malt makes a nice malty front, surprisingly this balances itself. Also notes of vanilla and smoke seep through the flavor. Slight smoky finish, a very nice porter, I like.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black color, medium off white head. A BIG full-bodied porter, almost chewy. Roasted malts, chocolaty. Big chewy hoppiness. WOW whatta porter. Stone is usually over the top with their beers (this is NOT a bad thing) and this beer is no exception. Big and bold flavor with a very pronounced hop bite, yet it has a very smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. No alcohol bite, despite an 8.1% ABV. Etched beer bottle. Look very classy.
JohnnyJ (5198) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle at Stone Winter Storm 2011. Dark brown pour, small light tan head. Dark dried fruits, raisin, plum, chocolate, licorice, oxidation, light salty smoky pork. Interesting porter, tasty and still tastes excellent after all these years. Very glad to try it.