Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2003
Definitely not what I'd expect in a porter. Tasted more like an English brown ale to me. Smooth and light. A hint of toffee. Judging by how mild this tastes, I never would've suspected this was more than 4.5% ABV. The ceramic swing-top is awesome though. hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2003
Not your typical porter as I have experienced them to be.This was to my liking as I like a very smooth brew that goes down easy with no bitterness or sharp aftertaste.Good lacing.Great stonebottle. thedm (6143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a small head of light brown fine to medium bubbles which left a nice lacing as it receded. It has a cloudy brown body with fine particulate. It has a smooth malty flavor but is a little weak for a porter. Very smooth though and I found myself liking the flavor and the taste, just hard to call it a porter. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Aroma, what aroma? Great drinking porter, although not what one mught expect. A 'light porter,' this beer is more like an ESB as far as I am concerned...none of that choclate/coffee tast you get in American porter. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2003
The pour a cloudless sangrineous color, the head slight, and the lace patchy. The nose is mostly malt, fresh and clean smelling with the start thickly malt, lightly sweet and the top middling in its mouth feel. Finish is penetratingly acidic, the hops toothsome, also a bit vinous and lightly tart, the aftertaste exquisitely dry and long lasting. Different front the run of the mill porters, and the 6.5% ABV adds a bit of warmth to the tummy, well worth a sample, as a change of pace from the American Style Porters.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2003
the one thing that stood out with this beer was that it was flat. i mean FLAT, like water. maybe it was old or something, but i found it very interesting. otherwise, i think it would have been awesone with some fizz. maybe next time... iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Pours a redish brown. . .large frothy beige head that exudes a huge malty banana aroma. Cloves and more bananas make up a mostly sweet malty flavour, that doesn't have the mouth feel or the taste of a porter. Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
Red amber, huge off white head. Sweet perfumey nose. Dry malt flavor with no noticeable alcohol heat. Bland JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I agree with psychprof on this one it’s alot like one of my homebrews that was intended to be a dubbel but I used a different yeast. This on is a very nice brew but not my idea of a porter maybe the monks had a few toomany themselves when they made labeled this one, but a cool bottle and I don’t know the alcohol level but it is up there as most belgiums are. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Sweet malty aroma with hints of alcohol and clay. Red brown body with a little head. Flavor very thin with malt, alcohol, hops, cumin and plums. Thin finish but bitter. Great Stonebottle.