Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my last taste at alcfron’s and I can hardly read my notes. Creamy chocolate feel with hops present right from the first sniff. What a hoppy porter!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hoppy alcoholic and choclate aroma, dark with a nice khaki head, strong alcohol sweetness into smoky choclate that finishes with roastiness then berry sweetness and lingering grapefruit hoppiness
jaymobrown (1843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, chocolate, smoked nose with a chocolate colored head. Roasted dark malt and chocolate flavors at first and then amazingly turns into a nice smoke flavor. Slight bitterness. Really long finish that sticks to the mouth. Vanilla sweetness in the nose. Excellently crafted.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2002. Small light-brown frothy head. Dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma... sweet whiskey, light smoke at the start, burnt grain, with some sweet fruit (maybe grape0 and brown sugar. Taste has burnt charcoal followed by a fruity (grape) bitterness (grapefruit) and sweet with brown sugar. Some alcohol burn after a while, but it has a nice smooth and almost creamy/sticky feel. Very good beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks out to Willblake for this absolute gem. Deep brown, tan head. Nice roasty, slight smoke aroma, but you really have to search for the smoke, especially after Fred. Malty smokey smooth carmel flavor with a hop bitterness finish. Really smooth and complex. Nice!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just when I was starting to think that Stone was an overrated brewery... This is some really good stuff, I was expecting it to be one-dimensional like many West Coast brews are (hops, nothing but hops), and the hops are here, but there are a lot of other flavors at play here too. Thanks to herbjones for the brew.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. Given a blind tasting of it I would have misteken it for an imoerial stout. This is a big beer especially for a porter. Aroma is of esters, acid (hops?), and roasted malt when cold. As it warms the alcohol and chocolate really start to come out. The flavor starts somewhat sweet with highlights of malt and chocolate and coffee. It finishes bitter which feels like it could be coming from either the hops or the malts - good balance. Another winner by the Stone Brewing dudes.
SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit too unbalanced for my tastes as it is now, but should get better with aging. Had a cloying sweetness in the nose and finish, with a subtle smoke aroma. Not enough hop aroma and bitterness to counteract the rich, viscous body and sweet, malty flavors. Also had strong alcoholic aroma and flavor, which became more pronounced as it warmed. The alcohol overpowers other elements, namely the roastiness and smokiness. I’d prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If you’re gonna boost the malt over-the -top, make sure to boost the hops accordingly!
Re-rate 12/23/02: Different bottle from a different batch. This was much more balanced. Smokiness much more apparent, alcohol much more subdued, better attenuated (drier), and more noticeable bitterness. This bottle and others I’ve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like they’ve been aged/conditioned longer.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Oh how I wish this was the smoked porter that stone always makes. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head with aromas of roasted malts, and brown sugar. Flavors are really smokey with loads of chocolate flavors to match. A slight bitterness makes this brew and over all treat..
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, 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.