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! 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.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
Big hopped up Porter! Stone hit it with this one. Big palate a hint of smokiness and a huge dose of hops that is balanced out with just enough malt. A must try! aracauna (3609) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Black but not opaque. Nice tan head laces nicely. This one isn’t as smokey as their smoked porter (a good thing) but it is still noticeably smoky. Dark malts (predominately chocolate) are dominated by the citrus peel hops a bit. Not too overbalanced though. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Black as night with a frothy mocha head. Intensely full bodied, rich chocolate malt flavor with a hint of a smokey-coffee flavor. A bitter (hop) aftertaste. My favorite porter to date. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Re-Rate:adjusting the numbers after a second bottle.Didn’t know what to expect from this one.Almost black color.Head is frothy and mocha colored.Aroma is dominated by hops but has some roastiness,alcohol,peat,wood,and a hint of smoke.Fresh and clean aroma.Palate is full and silky.Those who think it is watery,your beer is too cold,fool!This beer has a chocolate flavor that tastes like a end piece of chocolate cake.The wood is more noticable in flavor than smoke.Vinous,chocolate are followed by huge bitter,sweet,flavors.Finish is huge hoppiness,and a little alcohol.About 70 degrees right now and is perfect.Alcohol is very warming but not overpowering.A little hoppy for the style(whatever it may be),but I sure liked it. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Very good beer, however I think it crosses the border form porter to stout. A little too much roasted barley character and too heavy a mouthfeel to fit the definition of a porter well. Chocolatey, malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, roasted bitterness. Not much hop aroma or flavor. If you like beers in the porter/stout category, give this one a try.