hopscotch (11113) - 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! kyzr (1551) - Montana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Big raisin dryed plum nose to it with great head. Deep dark coffee roasted malt flavor knocks you on your butt, with a finish that won't leave you. MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Pours very black with large initial frothy beige/brown head. Aroma is toast and malt. Initialy sweet and malty, then smoke, then a dry somewhat hoppy yet creamy finish. Leaves a definite smoke and hop bite aftertaste that lasts for a long time. Not really getting the vanilla they describe, but I'm trying. Not sure how to compare to the regular Stone Porter, so I will sample again. Have to admit that at this time, I am style challenged.....
Very good beer with wonderful flavors. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Very deep brown hue with a large creamy tan head and very good lace. Malty caramel, chocolate, and smoky aroma. Additional hints of plum, vanilla, espresso, oakwood and pine. Nice and big, in your face, smoky and malty sweet taste. Undertone of apricot, coffee, bitter chocolate, hoppy pine and twinge of alcohol. The smoke stays on the palate long after the brew is gone. Lush and soft mouthfeel accompanied this full-bodied porter. A very well done brew with nice changing complexity during the tasting. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2003
This one pours dark black with a thick head and good retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Smoke is way in the back. Full bodied and slightly syrupy. More like an Imperial Stout in my opinion. Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised by the roasty sweet malt. This is one heavy Porter bordering on a Stout. Has a slight bitter and dry finish. Thanks to CaptainCougar for bestowing upon me this wonderful brew.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 An essentially black body with a short-lived tan head. Dry charcoal-y aroma with a dark sweet presence right underneath it, smells like blueberry and apricot. Rose petals at the end of the aroma. Big malty flavor and that same dry charcoal wraps up with grapefruit tartness. Dark apricot notes in the malty start. The finish has more charcoal dust combined with porterish tartness. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I found the smoked element to be distracting. vyvvy (6486) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Partaken with sneagrams3, thegreenrooster & Beerdrenched - big thanks to Beerdrenched for supplying this rarity. Pours close to black with a good sized rocky dark tan head - quite impressive head for having four years of age on it. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, cream, rich caramel and some alcohol warmth. Medium body that is somewhat slick with very little carbonation. Taste starts with chocolate malt and a ton of charred roasted malts. The finish has a trace of smoke and a further heaping of dark char that is quite bitter. Excellent brew I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Thanks to beerdrenched for supplying this tasty treat, and to vyvvy and thegreenrooster for a great RB tasting. 22oz bottle. Thick and dark brown with mild reddish highlights. Spotty tan head. Plummy, pruny alcohol nose. Cinnamon, anise, cocoa, smokey and musty. Full and slick. Finish is smooth with a mild smokey note. Bitter with a nice burn. Nice retention, but it has apparently mellowed. Still very nice. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tim. Thanks! It was in my pre RB days when I last enjoyed this one, and it was a pleasure to return to it again. It has evolved nicely into a smoked old ale, with the chocolate and coffee notes that I recall from a few years ago more muted, and the caramel and toffee flavors more pronounced. There’s a healthy amount of vanilla and toast to this, with notes of bacon fat on the nose and palate. Its well done, and probably will continue to age gracefully. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Dark brown. Chocolate, cocoa and light tobacco. Cigar smoke and heavy leathery character. There is a bit of licorice/anise richness with a bit of smokiness on the back. Light peppery cooling finish on the back. Excellent, really.