GarrettB (1235) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
October 25th, 2013 - To cap our tasting session at Stoneís Liberty Station colony, we enjoyed a serving of the Cimmerian Portal. This is perhaps my favorite beer of theirís by name, tapping into nerd culture in a clever way, and giving a good idea of the depth and power they want to advertise for this brew. The aroma is not especially abyssal or apocalyptic, showing off a regular stout smell, with the usual mild assortment of malt, soy sauce, a touch of oats, and others. And the flavor was pretty mild mannered too, with a smooth nitro-esque palate and an elegant finish. The flavors taper off quickly and crisply, leaving a nice, dry note behind. Itís not as distinct as most Stone beers, and lacks that Stone quality or character, but itís still fine drinking.
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the On Kettner location. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts and dark chocolate, relatively mild sweetness, and low bitterness. Good stuff.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Liberty Station. It pours dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma has heavy roasted malt with bakers chocolate and bread. The flavor is nice and smoky with rich notes of dark chocolate and pumpernickel bread. Really nice soft mouthfeel with a chocolaty, bready, smoky finish. Really good stuff.
BeerandBlues2 (10830) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery, J Street. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, light lactose, and soft dark fruit notes. Flavor is dark malt, roast and chocolate, sweet lactose, oats, faint earthy hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
dnstone (2365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown-amber color with off-white head. Dry flavor with balanced roast-hop taste and aroma.
snoworsummer (3333) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes smokey, like roasted malt, toasted grain, light ash, burnt coffee. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like smoke, light ash, and very roasted malt.
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Slight roast with some coffee. Very dry. Really nice beer.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2014. Black and low carbonation. Heavy roast and some alcohol flavor. Thick palate. Good.
jandd1983 (3192) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Liberty Station. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of burnt grains, coffee and chocolate. The taste was of chocolate, coffee and burnt grains. Nice
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Brown-black color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of roast malt and dark chocolate. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, earthy hops and chocolate. The finish is bittersweet chocolate and malt. Pretty good overall.