jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is deep brown almost black with a slight beige head. The taste is a nice balance with malty flavors and hoppy notes. It has sligth coffee or chocolate notes too.
SpringsLicker (3415) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This filled the glass with a rich black brew and a substantial creamy tan head. It comes on more like a Stout than a Porter to me and the flavor profile is dominated by the sharpness contributed by roasted/peated barley. This brew has some aspects of a Stout rather than a Porter, and if you are a Stout lover who doesn't care for Porters, then you will probably enjoy this one. A good beer, but I was a little disappointed. I expected something different mostly.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is a very dark brown, with a small but tight kahki colored head. Aroma of chocolate, with hints of smoked malts and wood. Malty bitter-sweet cocoa flavors. Smoke flavors come in mid way, noticeable but not overpowering. Touches of roasted barley finish this off rather dry. Very good porter.
JorisPPattyn (9251) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black colour, but with a clear ruby shine; thinnish dark-cream head. Smoked nose, like smoked wood, tar-like, but not exceedingly so. Smokey taste, too, woody-smoked, beachwood, smoked haddock. Slightly resiny. Medium-bodied, not light. sweeter, slight liquorice aftertaste; slight burning sensation. very good beer, up to Bastard standards. Not like the German ones, but excellent in its own way.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black. Huge brown head with nicely rounded malty aromas. Definitley lightly smoked when compared to the original, Alaskan. Delicious. Amazing balance. Creamy with lots of burnt toast flavors. I would have to say that this is Stone's most well-crafted brew. I wouldn't change a thing. A treat from start to finish. Better than the 6th anniversary to.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 For appearance, this is as good as it gets: Pours a pitch black with a very frothy head that leaves an intricate lace down the glass.
Scent is mostly of chocolate and roasted malts, with a nice hop presence.
Taste definately has a strong smoke presence. Quite the roasted flavor. Chocolate, malt, and hops are the most prominant flavors, but there's some dark fruits hiding in there as well. Very nice and complex.
The palate is rather thick and has a touch of mineral to it. Overall this is a very nice Porter and capable of holding its own against any competitors.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with reddish hues, small tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma hints of burnt chocolate and dark malts, caramel, floral hops, cashews, apricot, and raisins. Malty base flavors with a sweet and bitter tone. The smoky and slightly woody finish is noticeable but not dominate. Got just a bit of acidic undertone as well. The mouthfeel is dry and creamy for the medium to full-bodied brew. Nice solid porter with a great peat character. Worthy of having a few bottles on hand.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby-esque brown color with a very small head, with some nice lacing. Lots of nice malt characters in this one, with some nice earthy woody smokehouse aromas. The mouthfeel is very creamy and velvety, with a leathery earthy taste. Not very heavy on the smoke, but still a very smooth and easy to drink porter.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must THANK both Jazz88 and The_Beer_God for hooking me up with such a brew; Those two are two of RB’s finest members!
I think I can see a touch of crimson around the edges; Nope, it’s black a coal but has a fat rocky head that is caramel in color. Vast notes of Chocolate malts, cream, mocha, fresh coffee, and toasty oak embers radiate from within the glass, Very good stuff! Less smoky notes than I was anticipating, which is good. I wasn’t really hoping for a glass of beef jerky, and I didn’t get one.
Exceptionally creamy palate, like overcooked and liquefied chocolate pudding, I really am enjoying this as it finishes dry and bitter!
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
100th rating-Poured a deep rich brown some reds around the edges where the light wants to come through. Quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is of light smoke(suprisingly subtle) with hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is nicely done smoke does not overpower the senses. Good smoked peat flavor that is accompanied by chocolates and coffee. Really developes toward the finish. Excellent!