SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
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.
fuzzcro (153) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressive porter! Quite flavorful, beautiful appearance...subtle smoke with very clear lively character. I will try to grab another to save for comparison with 7th anniversary... if I can keep from popping it before then.
umich03jm (3275) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweetened coffee with mild chocolate and roast. Tastes like huge charred wood, moderate coffee, light sweetness up front, and a big bitter finish. Mild chocolate and pine too. Thin body but the bigger carb gives it a fuller mouthfeel. Very good porter.
ABUSEDGOAT (2471) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is roasted coffee, light chocolate, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. I don’t get any barrel notes here. Good concept and executed well but by today’s standards I don’t view this as a 4+/5 porter.
abcfan (874) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. Pours black with a small tan head. Campfire aroma. Taste is smoke, some cherry and chocolate. Dry, roasted, biting hop finish.
Patrickctenchi (5675) - Cox’s 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.
MadIndian (2716) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from craft. One of the best porters I’ve ever tasted. The deScription is spot on. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cherries and wood. I need this again.
Concealer (1094) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear reddish brown with a creamy, beige head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted and burnt malts, smokey, coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, wood, pine, black cherry and vanilla. Flavor is mostly roasted malts and smokey notes, behind it is chocolate, wood, black cherry, pine, vanilla, grapefruit, and toffee. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, roasty end.
Darwenus (778) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great God, this thing is a beast. This and the recent re-release of the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout really take Stone’s malt game to a new level. This beer pours jet back with little head, and the aroma is very strong, bitter malt and more very strong, bitter malt. The flavor adds a little bit of dark chocolate and boozy notes, but this thing never gets sweet and never even implies sweetness. Just sledgehammer roasted malt character that never wears out or backs down.
skmikeg (1614) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a two finger khaki head with outstanding lacing. Aroma is of smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark roast coffee, berries,vanilla, pine, molasses, sweet malts, toffee,and cherries. Taste is similar to the aroma with a lot of nice smoked malts, chocolate, and full city coffee notes. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, slightly dry, long, lingering, smoked finish. Overall, a outstanding imperial porter that is very complex with a nice combination f smoke, chocolate, and coffee notes.
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, smoke, roast, oak, and a hint of cherry. It pours a dark brown that has some mahogany transparency when held to the light. It has a large beige head that has very good retention before settling to a thick film. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and lighter caramel. There is some light-moderate smoke in the middle. The finish has moderate roasted coffee, burnt notes, citrus hops, and a hint of vanilla. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.