Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, 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.
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: coffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate. Appearance: black, small, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters turn quickly into dryness, chocolate, coffee again. Overall: nice Foreign Export Stout. Pint at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, San Diego.
ibrubeer (111) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Stone Liberty Station. Nice roasty aroma. Dark black color, a little tan head. Smith taste of roast. A little light bodied. Overall, pretty good.
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Stone Liberty Station. Dark color with a brown ring. Big aroma of roasted nuts and chocolate. Flavor is a little flat; just mostly dark malt and a hint of coffee. Okay.
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid robust stout with a hearty grain bill and lots of roasted goodness. Light coffee and dark fruit, earthy hops (maybe a touch more than usual for the style) and a lingering finish. Solid
Theydon_Bois (9054) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BlackHaddock (3885) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Brigadier (3000) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Iphonephan (3344) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.