bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Mistakenly grabbed this instead of the Imperial Stout at the store, as the shelf-stockers, in their infinite wisdom, put two beers from the same co. with remarkable similar labels as far as color scheme and overall design goes...well the idjits put them side by side and I departed with this instead of the RIS goodness. So be it.
Turns out, for something I would never ever try, if not only on a dare, this one isn’t too bad at all. As a homebrewer myself, I am fascinated by the process involved in making this one. The smoke is prevalent, yet subtle. There is even some dried fruit on the downtake, and a sweetness at the end. Well more than any balance I expected to find in a beer like this. All the same, finishing a mere 22oz bomber is a chore, unless you pour liquid smoke on your morning toast or something. Ack! on the smoke, Aces on the execution of this style.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: wood pile, toast, charcoal; Appearance: deep brown with a hint of purple, pours a think, dark tan head that lingers; Taste: just awesome, I can see why this one is rated 100 amongst its class, burnt malt, but not bitter in the slightest, very foody, meaning that it reminds me a lot of grilled things, although I can’t be more specific than that, totally wonderful, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually do porters; Palate: very, very smooth while remaining crisp enough in carbonation, a totally feel-good beer, I’d even recommend it for a late night snack; toastiness lingers; Overall: very, very good, maybe its just because I didn’t go into this beer expecting much, but, whatever the case, I’m tempted to say its one of my top 10 favorite beers
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small off white head. Aroma is chocolatey, with a slight smokijness. Taste is chocolatey and coffee with some smoke flavor towards the finish, Medium bodied.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 US fl.oz. bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...
A nice dark brown (or very deep mahogany) colour to it. The head is very foamy at first, then it settles down to about a finger in thickness. Very nice lacing and good head retention. Looks beautfiyl.
The smell is not that intense (probably because the beer isn’t that fresh). Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a tint of coffee. Some earthy hops and a fair amount of smoke.
The taste had a wonderful roasted and smoked profile. Pretty sweet for a porter, but the sweetness is not pushing the limits. Some earthy hops. The smoke adds an extra layer of meatiness to the beer. The after-taste is full of roasted malt and chocolate notes; the bitterness is not too strong. Very balanced and flavourful. I like how the bitterness, which is pretty intense, is suppressed by the sweetness and the smokiness.
Medium-to-full-bodied. Quite thick, but very smooth, even creamy. Not much carbonation. A slight slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.
This is a very drinkable porter. Goes down smoothly. Each sip is enjoyable.
Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and another very solid beer from Stone.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle, this is a very dark, intense brown with not a lot of foam. In this sample, the nose is not distinctive other than a slight muskiness – I wonder is this one’s been on the store shelf too long. Although the finish does deliver a somewhat smoky taste, it’s characterized by a thin finish and bitter aftertaste, rather uncomplicated. I agree with lj6880 that this presents like a black lager.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown in color, medium-large head, smells of coffee and molasses. tastes slightly sweet at first but finishes bitter.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff smells rich. Toffee and coffee, nice carbonation on the intake, a little dry and sweet, it sticks with you. A real great beer.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. This porter pours black with a large fizzy light-brown head. The aroma is malty with only a slight hint of roast and chocolate. It’s heavy and the taste is dominated by a dry roasty coffee flavor.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Solid Porter. Dark brown with good head. Roasted arouma with coffee hints. Same goes for flavor. Great mouth feel( on the lighter side) All in all a fine example of style, well balanced.
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Silky Smooth and very drinkable. The aroma is not to good on this one, I have to say that is the only downfall. Black body, with white head with a smooth mouth feel.