FlacoAlto (4125) - 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.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, thick beer from the bottle. Creamy tan head that reduced to an oil slick that left nice lace. This is a delicious beer, two years later. Complex nose of burnt brown sugar, ripe plums, figs, molassess and wood. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very subtle smoke, almost like the whisps of a dying fire. Very malty, with dark fruit, dark sugar and oak barrell flavors. Very big interpretation of a porter, and a very nice beer. Thanks to marc for this bottle. Where can I get more?
Nuffield (3953) - 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....
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from the table at DL day - Thanks to whoever brought this now hard to find beer. The aroma was of strong roasted malt with a touch of smoke. The flavor was of heavy roasted malts with an intense hops balance. The finish was dry and in my opinion a bit off. Unfortunately I think this one is past its prime. Itís good, but I bet a year or two ago it was great.
thegreenrooster (3820) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a very dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is woody, smoky and a stong dose of alcohol. Flavor has lots going for it. Lots of caramal and chocolate malts with some toffee and a nice strong amount of hops. Very tasty and warming. Thanks Beerdrenched!
Aubrey (3508) - 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!
Terminus (3487) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber-Well, i finally decided to crack this puppy open the other night. I cracked it open and the aroma was huge-i could smell it 5 feet away! it poured with a light beige head with large bubbles in the head-dissapeared fast-Very dark for a porter. Robust palate full of chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, vanilla, molassis, and a hint of smoke(very little)-think and rich. alcohol was detected, especially when the brew was colder, but it did not diminish the palate of the brew. hops are subtle, maybe due to the year old bottle. awesome finish-long lasting! Can we say Imperial porter? This is the best porter i have had to date!
(while drinking this brew, i was watching VH1 classic and they played 2 classic Genesis videos-"Thats all" and "Mama"-so bad ass!!!)
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours dark brown.black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is terrific nice rich smokey coffee and dark pitted fruit. Very strong smoked flavor with extra hops as Stoneís deScription states. The higher ABV is noticeable as well as the coffee flavors and charcoal. Quite bitter actually. Feel is very rich and smooth, thanks to the extra malt. Finish is a bitter charcoal taste that lingers a long time.
aracauna (3402) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black but not opaque. Nice tan head laces nicely. This one isnít as smokey as their smoked porter (a good thing) but it is still noticeably smoky. Dark malts (predominately chocolate) are dominated by the citrus peel hops a bit. Not too overbalanced though.
SpringsLicker (3374) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MRomero548 for this one.
Opaque black pour with a deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with some roast and a bit of chocolate.
The palate is smooth, delivering a well balanced flavor that has some roasty bitterness, sweet malt and maybe s touch of smoke. This is probably at itís peak, age wise, but certainly not done yet.