Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brownish with off white head. Aroma of sweet maltiness, toffee and a whiff of hops. The taste is dominated by a couple layer of malt: sweet, roasty, biscuit like and maple syrup. A certain fruitiness and hop bitterness rounded out the flavor for me.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Interesting beer. Pours with a long lasting, off-white head covering a hazy brown body. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, some wood and a touch of hops. Taste is oxidation, wood, caramel and chocolate malts. Had no idea that this was supose to be a beefed up mild, but it makes sense. Creamy mouthfeel with lively bubbles.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Definite oxidized aroma with cardboard and mint. Bready aspects follow. Milk chocolate in the flavor with bread toast and mint. Interesting.
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Foolish_Mortal! This one truly aged like a champ. Pours thick grainy dark brown. Dense moussy tan head that falls quickly away to a slim rim of foam, but it’s amazing after three and a half years that it popped up as forcefully as it did. Rich, sherry-like oxidation notes on the nose, without too much for company, but they smell so good it doesn’t matter a bit. Thick and creamy body. Mid-palate is soft and velvety. Rich raisins, dates, and sherry mark the quaff. Some nice resiny bitterness dancing across the mid-palate and into the finish. Not overpopulated with different flavor notes, but it still has complexity and subtlety within that spare palate. Fantastic stuff that’s drinking beautifully right now.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an excellent shade of deep ruby with a ring of beige head. Aroma really drew me in... deep dark fruits (prunes and cherries), smoke, oak, chocolate, and some faint roastiness were all in there. Flavor picked up toasted oak chips throughout, with baker’s chocolate, caramel, smoke, and English hoppy bitterness. Barleywine-style sweetness provided a solid base. Became heavier and more taxing on the palate as it warmed. Bitter and fruity on the finish. I really enjoyed this one.
PorterPounder (7335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Picked this up in Anchorage at Yukon Spirits. Dark copper appearance, light fluffy, mocha colored head. Fruity, doughy aroma with some faint alcohol accents. Flavor has some Christmas spiciness to it in the back end with a plum and date maltiness up front. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy; chewy. Also detect a bit of chocolate. Very good. Alcohol hidden well.
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Consumed 11/14/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. Tinge of sweet herb, touch of nuts. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation.
Note: I will rate it a *notch* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing due in part to the age of the beer.
Ernest (7323) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is light brown. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of cask wood, smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A bit unbalanced (too starkly bitter in the finish), but this is a decent enough beer and not one I would expect Stone to make. The hop aroma is somewhat resinous/green, but it’s in the background so it doesn’t offend too much. Typical small/dying Stone head. Ordinary mouthfeel.
blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear dark ruby with a small diminishing off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma of caramel and roasted malts, brown sugar, hops and alcohol was kind of Barley Wine-like and it smelled fantastic. Flavour follows the aroma and tastes delicious. Medium to full bodied and well balanced. This is great, as usual Stone doesn’t dissapoint.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, dark ruby colour with small white crown on top. Soft, subtle but hop accented aroma that is followed by sweet malts, dried plums and cherry. Quiet interesting combination. Very nice soft , medium bodied ale . Dominant hops character shown on front , malts and alcohol follows the act Pleasant and warming as you drink. Maybe a bit simplistic but works well.