IndianaRed (2589) - 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 Stone’s 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.
pivo (2585) - 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!
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a really deep dark red w/ a nice tan very well laced head. Smells of a smoky roasty burnt malt and bitter chocolate. Big creamy palate well coating. Flavor is pretty mild for a smoked beer but still maintains the burnt malt characteristic w/ a tiny touch of oaky weak vanilla a bit dry hints of coffee. A well done beer but not a style I like all that much.
Poured from an 03 thanks to Blake for sharing.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I enjoyed this on a camping trip in the redwoods. Black with a lush foamy brown head. Wonderfully robust roasted bitter chocolate flavor. A long smooth roasted aftertaste. Re-Rate 11/24/02: Black with a light brown (almost purple) creamy and laced head. The aroma has lots of smoke, wood, and at the height of the inhale the lushes sweet fruits come alive. The flavor has rich roasted malts on a creamy smooth body. It leaves a smokey aftertaste.
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small light tan head, creamy, good retention and a groovy lace. Almost pitch black in color withsome red around the edges. Chocolatey, faint smokiness and some pineyness in the nose. Full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Large malt and hops combo. The hops up front, in the middle and in the end work well with the roastiness, chocolate and maybe some patent acidity? Finish is dry, resiny, lingering, with citrusy notes. Very nice! I,m assuming this beer to be two years old? If so, all i can say is WOW! Really held up well. Thank you whaleman!
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Pours with unimpressive foam retention atop a deep ruby color. It is insanely difficult getting past this massively hopped aroma. Cola, round hops that boast raspberry, soft breadiness, slightly phenolic, yeast, tangerine dipped chocolate, maple, wet socks, chock full of pineapple, and only an underlying hint of espresso. Notably complex flavors of orange rind, medicine, tar, chocolate truffle, and a whisper of mocha. Finishes extremely saltly bitter and slightly chalky with lingering tangerine and grapefruit. Medium body with a quality velvety feel. Afternotes of almonds, hint of peated malt, assorted tropical fruit, and charcoal. Aged in oak? Not long enough. What in the world do I rate this? An IPA/Imperial Porter hybrid? It is over the top and tastes good; that is all that matters, right?
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle via trade with Whaleman - Thanks Dave!!! - Pours black with a nice mocha head that settles back to about 1/4 inch and laces pretty well. Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and some smoke. Flavor is coffee, a bit of chocolate but not sweet at all. Some definite smoke, roasted malts, and some plums. Interesting palate heavy, but somewhat watery is finished quite dry. Quite silky smooth though. Pretty tasty for a 5 year old brew! I enjoyed this much!
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love it, love it love, love it. Yummie mocca, caramel and chocolate (like Choco Nibbs from Scharfenberger) nose. Also alcohol. Nice ozzy black color with a big hazelnutbrown frothy long lasting head. After a while nice brussels laces on the glass - here San Marco laces :-) First you get a chocolate mocca mixture taste, that pricks your tongue, rolls back and explodes with a hopp flower right in you whole mouth. Bang! Tanks so much jcalabre for this brew! It was also quite cool to imagine Larry brewing this stuff - thanks Larry - it was like your spirits are with us while we drunk this beer!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is alcohol, smoke, vanilla, coffee...taste is coffee and alcohol...rich mouthfeel...cocoa came out as it warmed...much tastier than the regular porter...Thanks Tchrome!!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick tan lasting head with good lacing on the glass. Slightly smokey malt aroma with sweet chocolaty notes and a slight bitterness. Smokey malt flavor with bitter sweet notes and a touch of chocolate. the finish is bitter and smokey. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.