kramer (4568) - 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 Iíd 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 didnít 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 didnít disappoint.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong orange-pine hop nose with noticable roasted malts and doughy sweet malts. Opaque brown with fine-bubbled cover and ring of tan head. Chocolate and roasty malt flavours balance nicely with the assertive hop character. Very dry and well-attenuated medium body with moderate carbonation that tickles the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I donít have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I donít know why this isnít still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Similar to the Smoked Porter but I found more hops in the nose. Little head and near opaque body. Hoppy flavour for a smoked. Good.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light smoky aroma and a nice color, though headless. Amazing how well this porter maintains its great flavor. What a great guy Joe is to bring this beer out at no charge to his fellow beer tasting enthusiasts. A perfect finish to the evening.
JohnnyJ (4041) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled Sep 12, 2003
This is a pitch black beer with notes of deep brown. It pours with a dark brown head which is dense, creamy and pretty persistent. The aroma is one of malt, roasted malt with a bit of smoke and perhaps a hint of alcohol in the nose. There is a nice thick mouthfeel to this one, and it gently coats your entire mouth. The finish has a hint of alcohol. There is lots of smoky malt flavor in this beer as well. The roasted notes remind me of coffee. A bit of sweetness becomes evident as it warms up. This beer feels thick, almost oily on my tongue, the smoke only reinforces this perception. This 22 oz bottle is a meal unto itself. Overall a fairly solid beer, I like it.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut red. Mild smoky aroma, with chocolate and roasted flavors. Vinous, swirling in the glass reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. A hoppy bitter finish, warming on a cold winterís night....
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Partaken with sneagrams3, thegreenrooster & Beerdrenched - big thanks to Beerdrenched for supplying this rarity. Pours close to black with a good sized rocky dark tan head - quite impressive head for having four years of age on it. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, cream, rich caramel and some alcohol warmth. Medium body that is somewhat slick with very little carbonation. Taste starts with chocolate malt and a ton of charred roasted malts. The finish has a trace of smoke and a further heaping of dark char that is quite bitter. Excellent brew Iím glad I had the opportunity to experience.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave!