Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 An unbelievable hoppy nose. I like it a whole lot. I didn't let this puppy cool down much after the ride home in my briefcase, yet, I just can't get as much roastiness as I would want, as much fundamental porterness, through the hops. I like hops as much as the next guy, but you can't get the rest of the beer too well compared to Bear Rep. Black Stout, for example, where it is highly hopped but still super stoutlike. Am I making sense?
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was certainly not a smoked porter I would write home to Mom about. Minimal in its smoked flavor, it ranks a distant fourth behind Alaskan Smoked, Schlenkerla Urbock, and Degroens Rauchbock. For an Anniversary Ale from Stone, quite disappointing.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a creamy brown with a super amount of head. A decent amount of hops greets my first taste. In whole this is a suped up Porter with a lot more hops than most porters.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a mild carbonation. Aroma is of sweet soy and raisins. Flavor is of sweet soy, raisins, with a bit of chocolate.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Very dark brown colour. Sweetness, chocolate, malt and light roast in the aroma. Roast, light hops and some cocoacoffee in the flavour. Dry and dusty in the end. This is a little over the top as well as 5.th. anniversary. This must have been one hell of a porter fresh.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Rootbeer tinged dark brown pour with a thin layer of bubbly tan head. Sweetish, fruity malt character thats taken on a bit of an oxidized port dimension at this time, which is able to successfully impart pleasant impressions of dried strawberries and prune flesh. Quite light on the roast, and the fruity malt flavors are quite dominant. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. An interesting dry chocolate fudge starts out on the palate, along with a light vanilla mocha chocolate roast. A nice touch of smoked prune fruitiness accompanies before a bitter hop finale. The amount of hop bitterness left in this is quite remarkable given the age; the hops still have some of the pithy white grapefruit character and alpha acid bitterness left over, and haven’t succumbed to the overly stale or vegetal state like several other beers from this generation. Interesting brew overall, especially how the hop character seems to have aged a bit more gracefully than the malt, although the malt flavors are still solid. Fruity, somewhat oxidized bouquet with a relatively healthy chocolate malt flavor and bitter hop finish.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a little medium black color that was not opaque. Aroma was of chocolate and some smooth and a slight bitterness. Flavor was very tastey and chocolatey. Not really getting any smokiness in this one at all. Maybe a little smoke in the aroma at the end. This showed some oxidation.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. Nice complex porter, but the body has thinned significantly over the years, and I can’t imagine this is even close to its prime anymore. Tobacco and chocolate aroma, mint, vanilla ice cream, with nice complexity. Bittersweet, deep brown flavor, covered by some wet dog and other oxidized notes.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Already very traditional/characteristically landmark of Stone - hopy spruce -juniper aroma. Honestly this brew was not really to the full extend porter like. Not to thick, high oh hops that worked out nicely. Very specific to the West Coast, interesting, different.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same appearance as their smoked porter. Much hoppier aroma, more edgy, not really smoky enough. More on the hop side than the chocolate one. I like the original one much better.