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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2008
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and brandy. Flavor of light smoke, toasted malt, and chocolate with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
Thank you egajdzis for sharring this one! Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of butter cream, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and brandy. Tastes of vanilla, fruity, lighter wood, and chocolate. Body on the thinner side.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 On tap at Stone’s World Bistro early 01/08. Pours deep amber – brown with near infra red edges and tan head. The aroma is a bit on the light side with a mixture of brandy, wood and chocolate malts. The taste begins with a dessert like beer sweet tastiness. YUM!!!! Upon further investigation I get chocolate malts, sweet brandy, a hint of brandy dryness, barrel woodenness then it moves toward roasted malts with a splash of burnt malts. Really nice balance achieved here between the brandy, wood and rich maltiness. The smokiness is somewhat left way in the background much like the base beer. It is only just noticeable. Wow, I loved this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft. Blackish beer with a low off-white head. Nice brandy aroma with sweet malt. Flavor adds some oak, vanilla, and just backing smoke. LIngering sweet malt and brandy, Medium body. Very drinkable. Good beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and brandy. Thick creamy palate. Rich dark chocolate taste, smooth brandy notes, rich vanilla and oak tastes to the finish and a long lingering alcoholic warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Draft at EBF in 08. Pours a brown body with a tan thin lacing. This was not as good as the original and the smoke was subdued by a vinous alcohol and and vanilla. Still good but i rather the bomber.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
Poured a hazy dark brown / red color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was fruity (from the brandy), vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and cocoa, with a bit of smoke as well. Taste was vanilla, brandy, roasted malts, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, but somewhat thin. Thanks John!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
EBF. NOTB 08. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black- head fades though. Aroma is nutty chocoalte, dry toastiness, some light smoke- but diminshed from the original version. Light brandy flavor- sharp caramel malts and sweetness from the brandy- some wine and grapeskin character, and a toasty dry finihs. Body is very weak- the barrel and the brandy both took a lot away from an otherwise good Smoked Porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
Much thanks to egajdzis for landing this flip top filled at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a bunch of amber notes and a medium bubbly/creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of vanilla, candied almonds, brandy, light smoke, chocolate and caramel. Flavor of raisins, brandy, vanilla, almonds, light smoke, wood, chocolate, smooth and creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 On Draft at Stone’s Winter Storm event. Aroma was great with the normal smoked porter smell, accented with oak, sugar and a hint of fruit. Flavor was outstanding. Smooth and complex. Aging it in the barrel really mellowed the flavor, and added a rich oak/bourbon flavor. A mellow brown sugar flavor also was present. My favorite beer sampled at the event. (RERATE from Night of the Barrels; lowered my rating from a 4.6. Don’t really disagree with what I wrote previously, I just overrated it a bit).


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