BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a crystal clear amber-mahogany hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are estery, dark fruits, brown sugar, smoke, raisins, malty, deep. Flavors are smokey, bitter, low roast, beef jerky, peat, musty, earthy, dark fruits, minerals, wood. A touch medicinal with the smoke influence. Very earthy. Higher than expected carbonation that enhances certain harsh elements. Warming, medium to full bodied.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Pours a very dark brown with some amber around the edges and a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with some sweet malt in the background. Medium-bodied with a smoky character and notes of charred malt and hops. The finish is oaky with a bit of coffee left behind. Good overall.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruits, hints of nice smoke, roast, hints of sweet caramel as well. Taste is a mix of smoke, roast, coffee, slight meaty notes, hints of chocolate, nice dark chocolate and cocoa powder, hints of toffee and caramel, slight vanilla, finishing bitter and smoky.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Bistro 7th Annual Barrel Aged Festival on 11/10/2012. This Imperial Porter pours a dark brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoky, bourbon and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee and slightly smoky. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice bourbon flavors. A touch of smoke, a touch of vanilla. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, 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.
JohnnyJ (4081) - 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.
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Falling Rock during GABF. Dark dark brown with a laceful, thin foamy khaki head. Roasty nose with earthy hop resin, and smokey dark maltiness that almost has this red-wine note to it. Flavor is roughly the same, smokey and roasty, with a bit of sweetness from earthy chocolate malts, a touch of rauch malts, mild hop flavors with balancing hop bitterness, and a very slight red wine barrel essence. I think. Didnít really do it for me.
iowaherkeye (2686) - 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 Slaterís 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.
TheJestersBeer (1930) - 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.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - 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 itís not in bottles, especially since the name have "Cave Aging" in it. Iím sure Stone will age a few kegs in their cave.