whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black-brown body and tight, sudsy light tan head. Aroma is smoky and woody. Smokiness seems a little contrived and one-dimensional in this beer. Still good, but I need more character underneath to really love a smoked beer.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beers pours a deep thick, opaque black color, and is topped by a creamy brown head. The aroma is unmistakably smoked, it has rich notes of smoke, underlying it there are notes of coffee, and roasted grain. Actually the smoke pretty much dominates the aroma. The taste is surprisingly light considering I was expecting something more like Alaskan’s smoked porter. The taste is lightly sweet, with an infused smokiness that dominates every corner of this beer. As this beer warms up and my palate becomes smoke saturated, it starts to pick up a bit more complexity, with notes of coffee, wood, and caramel. This is fairly tasty, though it is quite one dimensional, it really needs a bit more of a malty background. Basically this is like the little brother of Alaskan’s smoked porter. Definitely good, and fairly light.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thx to npdempse for this one.
This is a love it or hate it beer. If you like smoked beers, this one is great.
Opaque dark brown, beautiful smokey nose. The aroma is like walking into a deli. The flavor is lightly smokey. It’s a very tasty beer.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost opaque brown/black, with a sizzling light brown head. Very smoky nose, with some metallic notes. Flavor is medium sweet, somewhat chocolatey, with a good but not overwhelming dose of smoke.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz. bomber. Pours black with a brown head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma has a strong leathery smoke smell. Flavor profile follows aroma with mostly a light smoke flavor. Palate is slightly thin for a porter making this easy to drink. Nothing to crave, but worthy to try.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black body with minimal head; aroma and taste are two of a kind, with distinct smell and flavors of complete smokiness; a typical porter taste dominated by smokiness....
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown body with reddish highlights and a minimal off-white head. Smokehouse aroma carries over to the flavor which is dominated by smoked malts that subside to light chocolates and toast. Sharp acidic finish before another round of smoke flavoring. I suspect the smoke hides a relatively weak porter, but the sum effect here isn’t half-bad. Thanks Joe (marinaro500) for the bottle!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black with large tan head. Very smoky aroma. Flavor is smoky, became more peat as it warmed.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black in color with a hint of chestnut at the edges. Small lid of off white bubbles. Virginia smoked ham aromas, along with a mild malt sweetness and a burnt coffee nose. Lots of sweet earthy/smokey goodness starts the taste. A real light pale malt background that is not expected, but quite refreshing and makes me think they hit this style closer than any I have had before. Now I’m going to have to hind another Stone’s.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 22oz. bottle. Powerfully smoky and roasty aroma with heavy notes of charred wood and coffeeish malt, some light brown sugar sweetness and earthy, spicy hop to be found as well. Deep ebony color with a fine, creamy, subsiding tan head. Flavor has some roasty malt and varied bitterness up front, followed by the influence of the truly profound smokiness and with a lightly hoppy, citric, dry and somewhat meaty finish. Some lingering chocolate and coffee with plenty of smoke throughout. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and somewhat oily with a light-medium body, surprisingly. It’s a smoky one, there be no doubt about that, lad.