Rastacouere (6174) - 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 thatís 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 (6100) - 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!
Patrickctenchi (6017) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black....with a short tan head.
Light chocolate/cocoa powder scent.
Taste is bitter.....dark chocolate malt, coffee grounds...a lot of ash......no sweetness.....
Strong, dark and bitter elements in this one.
Roasty and a little smoky.
TheBeerGod (6010) - 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.
vyvvy (5855) - 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.
kramer (5826) - 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.
wlajwl (5772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, smoke/oak, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is citrus/fruit, biscuit/dark malts, dark fruit, slight earthiness, smoke/bourbon chocolate and an acidic/tart finish.
jgb9348 (5675) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2016
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rich super deep dark brown body, about 90% opaque with almost no head at all! Aroma of very strong and assertive bread, yeast, malt, nuts and coffee. Medium to Full-bodied; very strong malty and pungent bitterness from the grain, roast and the coffee with a noticeable and not very pleasant alcohol burn showing bread and unfinished yeast as well. Aftertaste is reply bittered as well with earth, grain and that yeast really coming out and not in a good way! Overall, very disappointing with a very bitter flavour throughout and almost nothing pleasant. Iím glad I had this on tap and just 10oz. Another huge letdown from Stone - if you took off the label on the front, this score would drop 30 points! I sampled this 10oz snifter on draught from Whole Foods in Pentagon City, Virginia (Arlington) at the end of my driveway on 07-September-2016 for US$5,00.
dwyerpg (5635) - 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.
dmac (5587) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz bottle from Spirits Jackson. Poured a medium to fuller density with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is chocolatey, super old coffee with creamer, wet toast, hint of sugar. Flavor is better than the aroma loads of dusty chocolate, creamer, coffee, earthy, slight soy and cola.