stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was warned that smoked porters aren’t that good - but that was from an IPA lovin’ hop-head. This was intreresting and enjoyable. Smokey-citrus nose. Poured jet black with a small tan head. Typical porter start, smokey middle, and smooth malt finish. Would definitely try again.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured a deep dark brown with a prominent tan fluffy head. Aroma was very smokey with malty. The smooth maltiness of the porter was dominated by this beers smokiness. Reminded me of the flavor of smoked salmon. Very interesting but the smokiness became a bit much while trying to finish a 22oz bottle.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very rich pour with definate smoke and wood aroma. Very dark look with little head but still nice. The first sip unleashed a real balanced smoke and spice taste. It had a cream to it as well as a strong or robust hop and malt combo. Finished smooth and makes the mouth water for a bit in eagerness for another sip. Would go real well with dark bread and smoked BBQ. Very distinct rich beer
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thin brown head. Not much head retention but a solid presentation. Aromas of smoked chocolate, salt and espresso. Taste is rather sweet and hoppy with notes of wine on top of the smoked maltiness. Chocolate and espresso tastes combine well creating good balance. There is a fruitiness to this as well which is attractive. Mouthfeel is bitter as expected but it works really well. Surprisingly smooth throughout.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Poured a black head was good and laced well. Had a sweet aroma as well as somkey. Flavor was great well balanced sweet and a little fruit, finished with a smokey flavor. Had a great creamy mouthfeel. Great beer."
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe my expectations were too high for this beer. I was thrilled to pick up three of these in Portland, last November. There was a light roasted aroma with, of course, a smoky and a bit of oak aroma. I had expected a more powerful smoked smell. Virtually no head, no matter high hard I tried. Heavy smoke taste, which covered up any other flavors. This was good, but not great. This beer is definitely made to pair with something from the smoker.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Dark nice robust malt aroma great robust flavor with excellent smoke flavor. very big. I had the 2002 alcohol flavor but did not detract. Nice big off white head. Great beer
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells like caramel and smoke. Taste is the same and aftertaste is smokey REALLY SMOKEY! The smokiness is just too much. Stone’s is far better.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’d been holding on to this for quite awhile (I forget when you sent this to me, Jsquire, but thanks again!). Rockinout stopped by with a few bottles of homebrew so I figured it was a good time to share this bottle. Wow - nice aroma - smokey roasty hoppy sweet chocolate raisins. The smoke is strong, but luckilly not overpowering. Flavor is intense, body is very chewy, the aromas become the flavors that linger for a great while after finishing. Fantastic.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A roasted smoked wood aroma. Dark body with tan head. Medium to full bodied brew. Good roasted and smoked flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste was like I was just chewing on the end of a cigar. Good brew.