jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Long lasting brown head tops an dark brown (almost black) opaque beer.
The first smells are of hops and malt. The hops are a little more than I would expect for this style, but exactly what I have come to expect from Stone.
The overwhelming taste here is of malt and a hint of chocolate. The smoke joins in about half way through and is just right not over powering in the least.
Very smooth on the tongue, oily and full bodied.
I tried this one with a danish blue cheese which is an excellent contrast. The porter wipes the pallet clean after each taste and makes the sharpness of the cheese even more pronounced.
Great representation of the style.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a nice tan head.The aroma is malty and smoky with earthy hints of coffee and chocolate. Well balanced between lightly burnt/roasty and smokey sweet malt and good bittering hop flavor. Medium bodied.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Poured into liter mug- looks awesome. Pillowy head... just looks creamy. Aroma is very slight roasted malts. Flavor is subtle chocolate sweetness and roasted malt; I’m not getting coffee at all really. A touch of acidity that I don’t love. The smoked malts are far in the background, but that I think that is good. Finish is well balanced and the palate is appropriately medium bodied. Only negative is that I get a slight medicinal twinge in the finish that turns bitter... I think it is a remnant of the smoke mixing with the hops... sort of like charcoal. This dies down substantially as it warms.
run20six2 (119) - USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good tasting beer. Very dark yet not a noticable taste of alcohol. Not too much aftertaste, but plenty of flavor.
stephenj007 (119) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour, tan foamy head, nice red/brown hues, very appealing.
Balanced aromas of mild smoked grains, some cherry and tootsie roll.
Was expecting more chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Most porter styles tend to be consistently prominent in those three aromas, but this one was not.
Body was on the thin side, easily drinkable, not much carbonation. Tastes leaned toward sweet, with a bit more hops presence than other porters.
I would have to rate this as a "light" porter overall. Certainly a good quality brew, but just lacking the usual brawn of most porters.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
POW! ZING! KAP! Smooth and smoky like a musty old jazz club. Yeah, cats! On tap at BURP CASTLE!!!
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep pitch black with a 1 finger high country eggshell colored head. The smell is that of dark malts, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of hickory smoke. The taste is heavy on the malts, light on the smoke...pretty much light on everything that isn’t chocolatey or malty...there’s really no smokey quality that I can taste. Finish isn’t overwhelming...maybe a bit underwhelming...but it does pair well with the barbequed chicken in front of me.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly smokey aroma, as you would expect. Deep brown appearance, with a lacy tan head. Flavor of chocolates and hints of smoke. Smoke seems less prevelant than when I had this in the past. Very good flavor. Malty and smooth with just a slightly smokey aftertaste. One of my favorite porters.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. into pint. Pours a deep, dark brown with a light, tanish head. Smells of chocolate and malts. Taste is at first sweet with a hint of caramel, and finishes with a bit of smoked flavor. Very rich, smooth mouthfeel from start to finish. Will drink again!
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like motor oil with a heavy tan head. Aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, and smoked nuts. The smoke is subtle enough to make this one of the best porters around.