SaveTheAles (5) - Santa Rosa, 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.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a bottle at Winter Storm 2011. I am so glad to actually be able to try this gem. The appearance is a more medium brown black with a micro light brown head. The aromas are rich with a medium dark chocolate, nice oak, and plenty of tasty malts. The flavors had more of that great rich chocolate, with loads of medium to medium full roasted malts, oak grain on the edges, and some oxidation. A touch of smoke in there as well. The mouth is medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated. A real treat that is still drinking great after 8 years. This is one I hope they revisit in the future!!
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and earthy, faded hops. Smooth feel in the mouth with a fair amount of classic porter roast toward the finish. Some minimal dark fruit among the roasted character. Drinking exceptionally well considering the eight years on the beer.
JohnnyJ (4399) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle at Stone Winter Storm 2011. Dark brown pour, small light tan head. Dark dried fruits, raisin, plum, chocolate, licorice, oxidation, light salty smoky pork. Interesting porter, tasty and still tastes excellent after all these years. Very glad to try it.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 6th Anniversary Porter--2002 Release--22 oz. Bottle-8.01% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Porter--Imperial--Rich tight lacy espresso head. Dark opaque black color. Very roasted tangy earthy rich hop front. Rich burnt smoky earthy grainy hot sweet espresso body. Amped Smoked Porter. Mild sediment. Rich hot hop end. Sampled 9/6/2003.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from EDA at the RNH Charity event. THis used to be one of the best Porters, and while it still has held up nicely and drinks fine now, it has passed its peak a couple years ago by now. Pours a nice deep dark charcoal brownish black with a medium foamy head- some lace. Aroma is toffee, nutty big dark chocolates, earth some leather staleness creeping in with some chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Flavor is black forrest cake, chocolate, fruity esters, cherries, slight slaty oxidation, with sherry hints, and meaty- hints of roast and smoke, good dry toast in the end and still a smooth finish. Still real nice, but fading.
malrubius (1765) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Dark brown with ring and lace. Chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Chocolate dark fruit licorice alcohol with medium bitter finish. A little thin on the palate, but still pretty good.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Dark brown. Chocolate, cocoa and light tobacco. Cigar smoke and heavy leathery character. There is a bit of licorice/anise richness with a bit of smokiness on the back. Light peppery cooling finish on the back. Excellent, really.
puzzl (3252) - 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.
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Finally one that wasn’t a dead IPA. The porter held up excellently. Pours a deep black with a thick thin white head. Gorgeous aromas of smoke, leather, tobacco, plum, prunes, chocolate. Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a touch of smoke and roast. This was great.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours a dark brune body with a tan lacing. Smoke, liquid smoke, woody character with char, hints of chocolate, and toffee. Burnt malt and ash. Good brew.