j12601 (11055) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Finally one that wasn’t a dead IPA. The porter held up excellently. Pours a deep black with a thick thin white head. Gorgeous aromas of smoke, leather, tobacco, plum, prunes, chocolate. Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a touch of smoke and roast. This was great. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Malty, smokey and floral nose. Vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate notes. Alcohol and coffee. Huge, rocky, khaki head with excellent lacing. Mostly lasting. The beer is as black as midnight, but when held up to a high power halogen bulb, it’s sparkling clear and a beautiful ruby color. Who cares, right? Someone, somewhere cares and that’s why I mentioned it. Not your average porter. Definitely a left coast porter. Hopped, baby. Hopped, I say. Lightly pungent and moderately bitter up front. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla and a heavy helping of Hops, baby, and warm alcohol on the backside. Full-bodied. Light carbonation with an oily mouthfeel. Long, bitter, dry finish. Lot’s of alcohol, but balanced out nicely, ok, a bit overboard, with the hop addition. Can’t wait for Stone’s 7th Anniversary. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one! allmyvinyl (10508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2016
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of chocolate, light smoke, roast. Taste is more dark chocolate, roast, molasses. Light sweet finish. Fin (10478) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle from Beer Gonzo webshop. Earlsdon, Coventry on the Stena Hollandica en route to Hoek of Holland, Thursday 22nd September 2016 Dark chestnut in colour but with a ruby hue, a small light beige head sits atop. Quite a hoppy burst but with an underlying softness and smokey edge. Some bitter chocolate and coffee but green hops come through, I have to say I find the bitterness a bit rough and it’s a little unbalanced. Maybe I will like it a bit more as I get through this. A6 A4 T7 P4 OV13 3.4 alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, mild smokey character, chocolate, earthy bitterness, hint of berries, this is a solid revisiting of what was a very good beer.
gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2017
Draught at 3 små rum, Göteborg, on March 30, 2017.olio (10168) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2016
AS "6th Anniversary Porter", likely Berlin brewed.
Clear black color, dark reddish brown in it as well. Big tan head. Sweet, roasted scent. A bit metallic aftertaste first, then roasted, hoppy, bitter taste. Roasted aftertaste. Mineral on the tongue. Bit smooth mouthfeel, a bit fizzy CO2, medium high bitterness.
Tap @ Artturi.marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours dark red-brown color with a small off-white head. Licorice on the nose, roast, some faint minty notes, hoppy, malt and subtle cocoa, coffee on the background, can’t really locate the smoky notes. Flavor is spicy and roasted malty, licorice with some orange notes, cocoa, strong hops, coffee bitterness. Mild berry notes on the aftertaste, wooden dryness. Interesting but feels a bit harsh.
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Near black with a thick tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes chocolate, dark molasses, coffee and oak. Quite smoky. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 The Grim Reaper with his problem-solving, grassy hop sickle gradually shears the skin off of your tongue...Almost all you can feel in a few minutes is powdery chalk...The flowers he graciously hands you for grieving (yet with a big, teethless grin) are dry, bitter/sour and bereft of perfumed petals...But to make this experience bearable (he’s a classy dude after all), he covers you in aromatic, sweet chocolates and the GrimMother’s clove-laden molasses...An incredible experience, but not to be lived too often...onceblind (9442) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2016
A 2 1/2-year-old bottle showed some more balance between the fragrant/bitter hoppiness and the roasted malt/molasses. Not as intense, but as enjoyable, nourishing and well-brewed.
Black pour under a thin foamy light khaki hued head. Earthy roasted black malt on the nose, and a smokey touch. Smokey flavor as well. Earthy smokey black malt, and a light earthy bitterness. Nothing much to love here, unless you’re keen on very smokey and earthy dry, bitter porters.