mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
The bottle of liquid poured a reddish brown color with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel. the Malt and hops are well balanced. Excellent beer. TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Attractive looking ale being burnt amber in color with a nicely retained tan colored head. Aroma is encouraging as well represendting aromas of roasted malt, caramel, with some faint (for Stone) hoppiness in the background. Flavor is quite mouthfilling with very pronounced, profound roastiness, nice wood, malt, smoke, a dash of hops and a twinge of alcohol. Right up there with the 7th, but not quite as good as the 5th or 6th. Quite a nice ale considering they probably made a bunch of it. PorterPounder (8086) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Picked this up in Anchorage at Yukon Spirits. Dark copper appearance, light fluffy, mocha colored head. Fruity, doughy aroma with some faint alcohol accents. Flavor has some Christmas spiciness to it in the back end with a plum and date maltiness up front. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy; chewy. Also detect a bit of chocolate. Very good. Alcohol hidden well. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
This is a good American Strong Ale. Caramel, roasty malt, and coffee flavors. Finishes bitter sweet, clean, and smooth. SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
This really came on as it warmed.
Dark ruby pour with a fair head that faded in time, but left a ring of foam right to the end.
The aroma carried lots of caramel, some hops and a characteristic Stone yeastyness.
Malty at the start and bitter at the finish. I think this will get really nice after about a year in the cellar. Nice and warming.
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottle: Aroma is malty with a strong caramel presence. Definite roastiness. Lightly hoppy and the alcohol presence is noticeable as well. Pours a dark reddish-brown (very slight transparency) with a small tan head that diminished somewhat quickly. Strong caramel presence in the flavor. Slight chocolate is there but not a dominant flavor. Only slightly bitter finish with lots of roastiness. Alcohol isn’t noticeable whatsoeve at first, but as you drink flavors intensify including alcohol which just barely starts to peak thru as well as some coffee notes . Very well balanced. Slight caramel and roasty aftertaste. This is the 3rd American Strong Ale that I’ve had and I can’t say it resembles the other two (Avery 10 and Arrogant Bastard) all that much. Maybe a little like AB without the over the top hops, stronger coffee notes, and harsh aftertaste. Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark red color with sweet maly aroma. Coffee chocolate flavor with a nice bitter roasted feel in the mouth. Alcohol not noticed but felt. Smooth warminh finish. Very good beer. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle: Dark reddish brown appearance, moederate head formation. Coffee aroma, charred with mild chocolate malts. Lightish medium palate, fairly hoppy from start to finish, cocoa/hersheys tones, mild coffee dryness, slightly creamy. Long lingering bitter finish. Pretty interesting and complex. 50% mild 50% Stone. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Deep amber light brown body with a very small head and a touch of lace. Aroma is malty but at first it is dominated by harsh upfront hops but mellows out to more malt as it warms. I can definately taste and smell the oak chips- especially when it warms. Lots of earthy and woody notes with vanilla hints in the finish. Great smooth finish. Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Nice, pleasant aroma. Deep red, slightly cloudy appearance. A bit fizzy, goldeny flavor.