Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
9/14/02Pouring thick and nearly black with a decent sized biege head, this porter is big. Promises of bakers chocolate, coffee and pine in the nose, first sip give you all that and more. The stong alcohol powers the flavors of roasted malt, espresso, and hops to all sides of the mouth and expreses a little orange rind and cassis in the finish 12/26/02 Alcohol is fadeing to a dull roar warming the nose while smokeyness has started to come though along with some oak, vannila, and a wonderful grainieness.
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut red. Mild smoky aroma, with chocolate and roasted flavors. Vinous, swirling in the glass reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. A hoppy bitter finish, warming on a cold winterís night....
SaveTheAles (5) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit too unbalanced for my tastes as it is now, but should get better with aging. Had a cloying sweetness in the nose and finish, with a subtle smoke aroma. Not enough hop aroma and bitterness to counteract the rich, viscous body and sweet, malty flavors. Also had strong alcoholic aroma and flavor, which became more pronounced as it warmed. The alcohol overpowers other elements, namely the roastiness and smokiness. Iíd prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If youíre gonna boost the malt over-the -top, make sure to boost the hops accordingly!
Re-rate 12/23/02: Different bottle from a different batch. This was much more balanced. Smokiness much more apparent, alcohol much more subdued, better attenuated (drier), and more noticeable bitterness. This bottle and others Iíve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like theyíve been aged/conditioned longer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím sure glad i made a trade for this stuff the best porter iíve had so far.Nice dark color with a malty aroma and it definately is kickin in the malt flavor with some faint but ever present smokiness that really rounds out this brew and makes it perfect the finish was good with some smokiness again.one phrase sayís it for me and thats "Damn thats good stuff"
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-Rate:adjusting the numbers after a second bottle.Didnít know what to expect from this one.Almost black color.Head is frothy and mocha colored.Aroma is dominated by hops but has some roastiness,alcohol,peat,wood,and a hint of smoke.Fresh and clean aroma.Palate is full and silky.Those who think it is watery,your beer is too cold,fool!This beer has a chocolate flavor that tastes like a end piece of chocolate cake.The wood is more noticable in flavor than smoke.Vinous,chocolate are followed by huge bitter,sweet,flavors.Finish is huge hoppiness,and a little alcohol.About 70 degrees right now and is perfect.Alcohol is very warming but not overpowering.A little hoppy for the style(whatever it may be),but I sure liked it.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. Not exactly what I was expecting from a íporterí,
but hell, letís be free thinkers and enjoy (or not) the beer for
what it is. Given the good ratings, I was kind of disappointed.
Interesting, yes. Subtle, no. The beer is nearly opaque, with a
nice nose of tannins, raspberries, hops, smoke/peat, and juniper, among
other things. It has a beautiful, persistent, and fluffy head
with nice legs. The flavor is overpowering; an intensely bitter,
yeasty, smoky melange. More tannins, with the mouthfeel of an
imperial stout. Finishes -- you guessed it -- bitter. Interesting
beer but a little young and wild for this old man.
It might age well.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I enjoyed this on a camping trip in the redwoods. Black with a lush foamy brown head. Wonderfully robust roasted bitter chocolate flavor. A long smooth roasted aftertaste. Re-Rate 11/24/02: Black with a light brown (almost purple) creamy and laced head. The aroma has lots of smoke, wood, and at the height of the inhale the lushes sweet fruits come alive. The flavor has rich roasted malts on a creamy smooth body. It leaves a smokey aftertaste.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enticing aroma with roasted malt, wood, leather, chocolate and a lightly floral, almost cologne-like component. Very dark reddish brown, almost black color with an uneven, fine-bubbled head and some delicate lacing. Flavor has some lightly toffeeish, treacly, sweet, roasty, lightly smoked malt mingling with sprucey, piney, floral, lightly citric hops, which become more apparent throughout the finish and aftertaste. Body is fairly thick, with an oily, effervescent palate. Good stuff.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 8/10/02: well, take the regular smoked porter...add gollups of alcohol..throw tons and tons and..tons of hops..and tango with some roastedness and coffee flavors.. wahlah!...
A super hopped to hell...alcohol induced smoked porter which is pretty damn good.
compared to the regular smoked porter..the 6th aniversary porter is a hopped up, alcohol induced porter from hell..I bought a case at the 6th aniversary party..who wants some????
Re-Rate 8/22/02: uppin the points..aroma was like a roasted IPA..I actually discern more smokiness in the flavor than the first time..I’m drinking it at prolly 55ļ or 60ļ..More roasts too but still super super hopped out of it’s mind! I love it
Re-Rate 8/23/02: As I drink myself through my case I keep adding points because the more I drink of this the more I realize that this a really special brew!
Plus, I keep tasting peachy notes in there
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feel the burn baby! Iím still not sure about this one. First impression was too much alcohol burn, and way too hopped up for a Smoked Porter. Took me along time to even finish it. I love Stoneís brews, High ABV and Loads of Hops/malt so of course this would be a perfect combination I thought. Well - it just didnít do it for me. 2nd and 3rd time trying it I enjoyed it a little more, but just not a well balanced, or very enjoyable brew overall as what I had come to expect from Stone. That being said, it is still a great beer that ranks high on my list however and will enjoy quite a few over the next few months, and years when maybe it will mellow abit