douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2017 danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a growler fill from the South Park Stone Bottle Shop. The appearance is a deep ruby filled brown with a huge foam white head. Sweet malty nose with some some smoldering wood, acidic coffee, and almost a cold stone things going on (live the inside of a cave?!). The flavors are malty with a good amount of sweetness with anise, astringent coffee, grainy smoked wood, a touch of peat, and some river stones or something reminiscent of that. The mouth is pretty full bodied and a touch astringent. I keep going back and forth on this brew. I dig it a lot more then I hate it. I would love to be able to taste this aged a little while. Too bad it’s not in bottles, especially since the name have "Cave Aging" in it. I’m sure Stone will age a few kegs in their cave.
2012 keg on at the Holiday Ale Fest 2017. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. A big sweet malty nose. Licorice, toast, light smoke, dark fruit. Very smooth. Light oxidation. Great. Ktwse (5667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of oak barrels, smoke, chocolate, dark dried fruit, booze. Taste is creamy chocolate sweet with balancing alcohol bitterness. Body is medium with a sticky port like palate. Pretty much no carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kryon (3929) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2013
Pours light black with low to no head
Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, perfumy
Taste has chocolate malts, dades, figs, whisky
Palate is a bit vinuous and wee bit unbalanced ending
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ModeEngage (153) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Smells of alcohol, raisins, and sherry. The most complicated palate of any beer I’ve ever tried. Tastes of raisins, wood, alcohol, and leather. Fades to bitterness with aftertaste of leather and dried fruit. This is a beer for those who like Scotch. Really impressive stuff if you’re up for a challenge to your palette. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled at the Bistro 7th Annual Barrel Aged Festival on 11/10/2012. This Imperial Porter pours a dark brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoky, bourbon and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee and slightly smoky. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Nice bourbon flavors. A touch of smoke, a touch of vanilla. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
arminjewell (9721) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Pour on tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruits, hints of nice smoke, roast, hints of sweet caramel as well. Taste is a mix of smoke, roast, coffee, slight meaty notes, hints of chocolate, nice dark chocolate and cocoa powder, hints of toffee and caramel, slight vanilla, finishing bitter and smoky. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap. Pours with a crystal clear amber-mahogany hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are estery, dark fruits, brown sugar, smoke, raisins, malty, deep. Flavors are smokey, bitter, low roast, beef jerky, peat, musty, earthy, dark fruits, minerals, wood. A touch medicinal with the smoke influence. Very earthy. Higher than expected carbonation that enhances certain harsh elements. Warming, medium to full bodied. onceblind (10855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Tap at Falling Rock during GABF. Dark dark brown with a laceful, thin foamy khaki head. Roasty nose with earthy hop resin, and smokey dark maltiness that almost has this red-wine note to it. Flavor is roughly the same, smokey and roasty, with a bit of sweetness from earthy chocolate malts, a touch of rauch malts, mild hop flavors with balancing hop bitterness, and a very slight red wine barrel essence. I think. Didn’t really do it for me. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2012
On tap at Flanny’s. Pours jet black. Somewhat subtle nose of smoky wood, charcoal, roasted malt, and a touch of bourbon. Very sweet forward with slightly smoky bitterness to finish with a hint of licorice in the middle. Extremely dry, medium palate. A lovely brew. Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Pours a very dark brown with some amber around the edges and a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with some sweet malt in the background. Medium-bodied with a smoky character and notes of charred malt and hops. The finish is oaky with a bit of coffee left behind. Good overall.