DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 This intense flavor bomb pretty much blows away Stone's excellent Smoked Porter, and in fact could rival most Imperial Stouts on the Flav-O-Meter; The robust and very muscular dark roasted maltiness is accompanied by an equally strong smokiness and hops bitterness, both of which simply kick ass in the finish, which is like licking an ashtray; Nose is more balanced and less sweet than their smoked porter; Dark tan head is slightly darker than their smoked porter, and is similarly constructed, with the creamy topping covering the bubbly head; Very good head retention and lacing; A very impressive effort from the good folks at Stone
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 1 Aug 2004
Two years later, it's still great. Smokey, chocolatey, and some bitterness. Beautifully complex
Simply Beautiful. Explosions of coffee, chocolate & malt flavor. Smooth on the tongue, w/ a nice balance of malt & hops.
aracauna (2985) - 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 isn’t 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.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor had was much of the same with some faint vanilla hidden in there. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Still a very good beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
YIPPIE, finally Beer #5000 Life time: If I may wax nostalgic, and take a line or two from Lewis Carrol’s ’Through the Looking Glass’ ’The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ’to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.’ Since I sampled my first sip of ’Beer’ some 50 plus years ago, as a ’Wee Lad At My Daddy’s Knee’ and as I will be 57 a week from today. Memories become much more important than you can imagine, so if I may preach a bit. ’Live each day as if It will be your last’ Take the time to be with your parents, your brothers and sisters, your wife, your friends, but most especially your children, ’Love them, nourish them, be with them’, as one day you wake up and realize that ’Life’ has moved on’ and lost opportunities are seldom regained. I’d like to thank the Arrogant Bastard himself for this magnificent beer and the signed bottle that’s going into my new cabinet.<P> The Beer pours as dark as midnight, the head is large, frothy, the lace in thick sheets that clings to the glass till the very end. Nose is Malt, caramel, toasted grains, hints of hops I also find present. Front is sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, lightly acidic, hop bitter, and the abv also adds to the long lasting ’Bitter Aftertaste’. Strong, robust, nicely hopped, high abv, can’t ask for more than this. Thanks to all of ratebeer for your encouragement and support, God Bless You All. Ranks #9 on my current 1000 beer master list. Damn, forgot to mention that I’m celebrating with a ’Lady Godiva’ cigar, 3/4’ by 8’ long, 3 year old aged Dominican Tobacco, soaked in 30 year old French Cognac!, I’m going to be dizzy after this session’
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colored with a red gleam, foamy light brown head. Chocolaty and creamy aroma, mostly sweet but mellow from the age. Roasted flavor, notes of malt and chocolate and some coffee. Somewhat dusty and dry, probably because it’s a bit over the top. Still drinkable, I bet it would have been awesome fresh!
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.23.04 Bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Black beer with dark head. Aromas roasty and grainy, some smoke, some coffee, some burnt/caramelized sugars. The flavors mimic the aromas with the addition of oak notes. The palate is creamy and thick like chocolatey coffee that’s been left on the burner all day. Thanks Santa!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 8/10/02: well, take the regular smoked porter...add gollups of alcohol..throw tons and tons and..tons of hops..and tango with some roastedness and coffee flavors.. wahlah!...
A super hopped to hell...alcohol induced smoked porter which is pretty damn good.
compared to the regular smoked porter..the 6th aniversary porter is a hopped up, alcohol induced porter from hell..I bought a case at the 6th aniversary party..who wants some????
Re-Rate 8/22/02: uppin the points..aroma was like a roasted IPA..I actually discern more smokiness in the flavor than the first time..I’m drinking it at prolly 55º or 60º..More roasts too but still super super hopped out of it’s mind! I love it
Re-Rate 8/23/02: As I drink myself through my case I keep adding points because the more I drink of this the more I realize that this a really special brew!
Plus, I keep tasting peachy notes in there
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enticing aroma with roasted malt, wood, leather, chocolate and a lightly floral, almost cologne-like component. Very dark reddish brown, almost black color with an uneven, fine-bubbled head and some delicate lacing. Flavor has some lightly toffeeish, treacly, sweet, roasty, lightly smoked malt mingling with sprucey, piney, floral, lightly citric hops, which become more apparent throughout the finish and aftertaste. Body is fairly thick, with an oily, effervescent palate. Good stuff.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Great interpretation of a porter! Strong sweet complex nose dominated by roasted malt, with hints of raisins and even coffee. Jet black color and a foamy tan head with lace. Huge chocolately taste with an espresso finish. Hop character is very present and makes for a long finish. Heavy body, though thinner than I expected. There is a little alcohol in the swallow that washes all the wonderful tastes down. This is like a piece of chocolate cake and a espresso rolled into a beer. Great with (or for?) dessert. Thank you SOOooo much, jcalabre!