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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Keg at Stone Liberty Station, SD, 18/04/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework. Nose is bitter roast, dark fruit peel, cocoa powder, brown sugar, liqourice, earthy. Taste comprises dark toffee, light ash, liqourice, more bitter roast, smoke, hint of green pepper, earthy cocoa. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3598) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2014
Wanted the lower alcohol beers on my first flight while visiting the Liberty Station Stone outlet on 17th march 2014: this slotted right into that ’lower alcohol’ bracket. Black in the sunlight, with a tanned foam covering. The nose was all ’over roasted’ maltiness with coffee and bitter dark chocolate esters to the fore. Those two aromas also shaped the taste giving a mocha feel to the flavours. The hops gave a dry bitter bite to the brew with the malts offering little in sweetness to counter them. A pleasant and different beer from Stone to anything I’d had before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Draught at Stone World Bistro Liberty Station, San Diego. Pitch black beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate and cocoa aroma, licorice, cream notes, soot, vanilla, caramel. Roasted chocolate and tar flavor, ash, licorice, caramel, hay, peat notes, dark chocolate, some coffee. Nice heavy porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at brewpub
Choosing just four samples from such a world class list was daunting but once again I went local with this foreign stout. Not your father’s Guinness, this release has an attitude. Somewhere between a sessionable stout and an imperial stout it is one to enjoy with a hearty meal before you begin the serious rating.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated reddish black base radiates a bit of light at the edges. Ebony head graces the top. Roasted coffee, slight spice, and smoke lend their own profile to a well rounded profile.

Flavor / Palate - Smoke, coffee, anise, and residual ash from an old bowling alley fill the palate. The smooth body carries effortlessly to a powerful conclusion with a lingering bitterness. While not exactly a daily drinker this is a beer that is on par with other Stone releases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3151) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On draft at the Stone Tap Room in Passadena. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of tobacco, licorice and old leather. Smoky roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1166) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
A- pours a dark brown with strong fluffy medium tan head with god lacing. S- strong fresh roasted coffee and biter chocolate with great chalk, musty wood, and vegetable notes as well. Roasted malts are pungent. Charcoal, cacao and faint anise. M- oily and smooth palate with a medium body. Good carbonation. T- starts off with a cacao tang and chocolate. Coffee comes in next with wood, leather, hops......Ending is stale coffee, vegetables, hints of citrus, cocoa powder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
Draft @ GABF 2013. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is big roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a big roasted malt coffee creamy chocolate palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4911) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Sample at GABF 2013. Pours near black with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, roast, coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized brown head on top. Aroma of coffee and caramel with hints of vanilla. Flavour is toasty and roasty with sweet caramel and molasses. Very nice.

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