Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750ml I had in the cellar for about 6 months, I didn't really have anything I felt comfortable cracking at the moment, so I pulled this out of the case.
A: Deep cherry jam with suggestion of blacks. Looks like the color of expensive shoes, post polish. Some coffee cream film and head that rose modestly to about a finger before leaving connect the dots lacing around the walls of the glass. Definitely has a dark iced tea or iced coffee look.
S: Sweet smokey sauces that have been licked by a savory woody flame. light tangy barbecue note that suggests some sort of sweet cooked sugar sauce. The smoke has really mellowed out of the nose, a more sugary character of the malt now seems to be more forward. Sweet sugary barbecued carrots.
T: Taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a dancing note of mellowed smoke. It's kind of like having a steak sauce on some charred barbecue veggies. Sweet with a light bitterness that seems to be more from the roast than from hops, but I could be wrong. Flavor seems really mellow and toned down from fresh, still quite good.
M: light medium body with a bit of favoritism towards the lighter side. A tad bit of astringency follows the smokiness, but the flavor gets to live out a decent life beforehand. Some low grade sandpaper feels that aren't my favorite, but I can't really hold it against the beer, considering it was an experimental aging.
O: I liked it, don't think I like it as much as fresh, but I do appreciate the direction the beer is going. Having done this, I don't think this will hold up in the mouth beyond a year. I get a lot more licorice like flavor than I can ever remember getting in this fresh, but it's more or less flavor that's remnant of former smokiness. This isn't going to dethrone Alaskan Smoked porter for aging, but I can see it being a worthy experiment.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2011 03:05:55 | More by Cavery
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4.46/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
First smoked beer that I've tried, but certainly not my first porter.
A: Poured into my Sierra Nevada branded hop tulip imperial pint glass. Only one finger of tawny head that quickly settles to a thin cap from an aggressive pour. Deep dark brown color that will let strong light through. I can see lots of floaties in the glass. Moderate lacing that less than expected. Looks scrumptious.
S: Strong peat , so strong that I'm having a hard time getting to the other aromas. Wood smoke, cocoa, milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Sweet and inviting. Smells like sitting around a fireplace, inside of an old cabin, in the forest, at Xmas time. I'm not getting the coffee that most other reviewers noted. A hint of dark fruits.
T: Once again strong peat that encompasses wood smoke and dark chocolate. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No fruits to speak of. Strong charcoal. Reminds me of Irish Dry Stout, specifically Guinness Extra Stout. Starts bittersweet and quickly leads to a strong, drying bitterness that lasts well after swallowing.
M: Carbonation is perfectly moderate with a tight feel. Creamy. Tea-like drying is strong. Substantialness is spot-on.
O: Mind = Blown
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 11:18:20 | More by troobie
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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