BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It's an average smoked porter. It's robust, creamy, and smoky. I like it.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm not a fan of smoked beers. That being said, this one does a good job of...being smoked. Creamy and malty, definitely robust. Definitely has a most appropriate "bite".
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very creamy and smoky porter. Has a bit of a sharp, cedary taste in there somewhere. Tasteful hops finish it off. The smoke notes seem to play with more a heavy bass timbre than the Stone Smoked Porter, which I actually prefer. Nice porter overall.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 2/27/2004, 2002 bottle: Aroma still has a great smokey presence, even after aging a year. Body is semi-sweet with some heavily roasted bitter notes. Crisp, dry warming finish. Still a nice smoked porter, but could use some finesse in the body.
2/2/2003, 2002 bottle: Heavily smoked aroma more so than Stone Smoked Porter. This has a sweet malty flavor which is well balanced with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is silky and very smooth. This finishes dry and woody and leaves me wanting more.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey aroma and quite a dark beer. It has a thick mouthfeel with the smoke evident as somewhat sweet initially, then fading into a dry bitterness. Slightly grassy and tart. Bigger ester palate than the smoked lagers I've tried previously.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle. Dark brown color with hints of red at the edges. Intense smokey aroma...sweet up front. The flavor was sweet and smokey back and forth. Slight bitterness in the finish, but really I just got smoke from this thing. Thick feel for a porter...nice...creamy.
evans2 (9) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002)As close to perfect as it gets for me. Chocolate smores by a campfire! VERY dark in color and not at all able to see through it. Great head...smoke colored. Not as overpowering in smoke as the 2001 was. Small bite of hops but mainly malt in flavor. VERY enjoyable and the thing that makes seasonal brews the best is that you want them MORE when they aren't in season. I'm going to swoop up as much as i can before they are gone!!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black with tan head. roasty, malty, smoky aroma. not as much smoke as I expected, the flavour was okay, though - smoke, cocoa, roasty malt. I'll have to try this again.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Over rated ... what a waste of $$$
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Smokey, almost meaty nose. Good amount of smoke in the body with a big malty, bitter finish. Nice smoked porter.