rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a semi-opaque ruby tinged black with a thick tan head. Light smoked malt aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor full of smoke, roasted malt, strong hops with some faint oakiness and vanilla. Moderate acidity and carbonation, moderate/full mouthfeel and a light creaminess. In some bottles, I taste a little more and a little less of the smokiness. Temperature plays a big role in this.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2003 Deep, rich color. Dense, rocky head. Aroma of alcohol and coffee. Starts off tasting kind of burnt, good hop balance (which is surprising since this is a stone beer). After about 4-5 big sips this beer really melds in your mouth making every sip Beervana.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick tan head. Piney hops and smoked malts in the aroma. Smoke continues into the flavor, with an assertive finish of hopiness. More pine, laid back citrus. Alcohol slightly noticeable. Nice complementation between malt and hops--a Stone beer with heavy acent on malts that created a smooth body and an enjoyable porter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 5/12/2004: Still rich, roasty and sweet with the dark fruit complexity of an imperial stout. Hops have mellowed significantly, as has any hint of smoke. Smooth balanced and enjoyable, this has aged well, and should continue for years to come.
3/4/2003: Rich, deep opaque color with a sandstone head that laces well. Caramel chocolate malt aroma with western hop character. Flavor has good complexity, dark fruit, and a robust, viscous, somewhat silky body. Very drk and bitter for a porter, but this helps to mask the high alcohol. You could've fooled me that this was a smoke beer, because I didn't notice any smokiness whatsoever.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sometimes you want a porter with a slight kick and this one provides. Beautiful dark chocolate coloring. Roasted grains and chocolate on the nose. Hops are noticeable but don't detract from the porter characteristics.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my third beer from Stone Brewery and they are definitely becoming my favorite brewer.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, roasty flavor, but too much hop bitterness for this style. Smoked flavor nicely subdued, but a porter shouldn't be this bitter.
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black; decent head with good density; mild choclate notes in the nose. Immediate dark coffee hit. Like sucking on some beans. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol tastes good.
argo0 (12772) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with dense mocha head. Big chocolate aroma, hint of smoke. Taste is quite simply chocolate smoke, much smokier than their regular smoked porter. Very full-bodied -- stoutish. Alcohol burn in swallow. This is a very good beer. Nevertheless, maybe this one is too lurpy, perhaps too vulpine, but whatever the exact reason, I enjoy the regular smoked porter considerably more.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Let me see, where do I start? First of all, this thing pours out of the bottle beautifully...dark brown with ruby hints, and a large, thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is huge...bitter hops, smokiness, roasty-toasty. The flavor is twice as big as the aroma...hops galore, alcohol (more so as it warmed), smokiness, and a roasted character. The feel was silky smooth, yet crisp in the finish. This is one of those large beers that I just can't help but love. It is a marvelous creation above and beyond their smoked porter. Beautiful!