colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012. Dark amber pour no head. Smooooth. Tasty. Really like this.
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke, fruit, and a bit of coffee. Medium mouthfeel, actually a little to light.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of smoke, campfire notes, bacon, meat notes, roasted malt, burnt notes, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor follows the nose nice smoke flavor of bacon, smoked meat, campfire, burnt notes, roasted malt, coffee and dark fruits. The body is bigger side of medium with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a really nice Smoked Imperial Porter!
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma or smoked wood, meaty, cocoa,and burnt wood. Taste was smokey, burnt wood, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a dry finish.
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black, with a brown head.
Fruit, roasted, smoky aroma, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, ashes, yeast.
Semi-sweet, full bodied, medium bitterness, creamy CO2.
Huge, complex taste, roast, smoke wood (?), vanilla, coffee, honey, chocolate, yeast.
Very smooth, intricately complex.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 Liberty Station. Clear deep ruby edges, black body and a two finger medium beige head, great retention. Milk chocolate nose with some smoky campfire and roasted char beneath. Flavor follows suit with some spicy alcohol heat, but just enough to let you know this is a bigger beer. Dry finish, bitterness at a 3. Not burnt or ashy at all, hooray. Medium full body with low creamy carbonation. Very nice. Not too burnt or roasty, not too heavy on the smoke, either. Pretty much the flavor profile I like in porters and stouts.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Briens. Dark brown to black pour with red brown highlights and solid tan head. Nose is tons of rich chocolate and almost a hint of peanut butter. Taste is big rich sweet up front to coffee bitter in the middle. Round and full in the mouth with a sharp sweet malt bite in the back. Nuts and coffee and cocoa.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a growler fill from the South Park Stone Bottle Shop. The appearance is a deep ruby filled brown with a huge foam white head. Sweet malty nose with some some smoldering wood, acidic coffee, and almost a cold stone things going on (live the inside of a cave?!). The flavors are malty with a good amount of sweetness with anise, astringent coffee, grainy smoked wood, a touch of peat, and some river stones or something reminiscent of that. The mouth is pretty full bodied and a touch astringent. I keep going back and forth on this brew. I dig it a lot more then I hate it. I would love to be able to taste this aged a little while. Too bad it’s not in bottles, especially since the name have "Cave Aging" in it. I’m sure Stone will age a few kegs in their cave.
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill from brewery. Pours a dark brown hue with some nice reddish-garnet highlights. The three fingers of frothy tan foam have good resilience and leave good lacing. Aroma of creamy chocolate, dark coffee, campfire, and charred wood. Flavor has notes of dark roasted malts, smooth smoke, ashy campfire-cooked meat, creamy coffee, very dark chocolate, and some light fruit (artificial grape flavoring stands out). Finishes with both a subtle sweetness and some mild roasty-coffee bitterness. Not as full bodied as I might have thought, and the rather high ABV is completely hidden. As with Stone’s regular Smoked Porter, the smoke is certainly there but does not overpower (indeed, this is not a rauchbier). Quite nice, and for a good cause. (1, 694)