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
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Oh how I wish this was the smoked porter that stone always makes. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head with aromas of roasted malts, and brown sugar. Flavors are really smokey with loads of chocolate flavors to match. A slight bitterness makes this brew and over all treat..
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this one alot. Dark brown in color, the aroma had both a strong smell of malt and hops. The taste is similiar to the aroma, well balanced between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. Itís an excellent beer folks.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful dark, thick malty brew, with a thick creamy head, and aa great malty aroma. Full of malty flavor, and just the right touch of bitterness.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Instantly hoppy aroma, woody notes, slightly roasted, fruity with noticeable alcohol. Palate is smooth and creamy, disturbed only by the hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol warmth come in immediately on the palate, while the hops are strong in the aftertaste when served cold. As it warms complexities of chocolate, fruit and a faint smokiness come through. Pretty strong and hoppy for a porter, but then should I expect it any other way?
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Malty, smokey and floral nose. Vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate notes. Alcohol and coffee. Huge, rocky, khaki head with excellent lacing. Mostly lasting. The beer is as black as midnight, but when held up to a high power halogen bulb, it’s sparkling clear and a beautiful ruby color. Who cares, right? Someone, somewhere cares and that’s why I mentioned it. Not your average porter. Definitely a left coast porter. Hopped, baby. Hopped, I say. Lightly pungent and moderately bitter up front. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla and a heavy helping of Hops, baby, and warm alcohol on the backside. Full-bodied. Light carbonation with an oily mouthfeel. Long, bitter, dry finish. Lot’s of alcohol, but balanced out nicely, ok, a bit overboard, with the hop addition. Can’t wait for Stone’s 7th Anniversary. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big brown head and extraordinary lace, the beer is very dark, almost opaque. When I take a whiff of this beer I am met by a huge floral (violets) hop nose that gives way to the classic pine/citrus aromas compliments of the Pacific Northwest. The palate is very full bodied and roasty, it reminds me of burnt toast. As the beer warms, the burnt toast subsides and a rich dark chocolate flavor comes through. The finish is long with flavors of hop, tobacco, and dark berry fruit. This is one complex high gravity porter.
Ernest (6839) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately malty (dark chocolate, toasted dark bread, roasted grain), with a note of cask wood and smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is heavily bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent, lightly alcoholic. Also known as Stone Grapefruit Porter. The oak smell is readily apparent, but the smoke is about as timid as the regular Stone porter. Ultimately, itís the overhopped quality that kills this one for me, as I prefer hops to take a [distant] back seat in porters and stouts. Quite sour.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive color, meaty smokey aroma, with plenty of hops as well. Coming out of the beer fridge (50F) I am met by a powerful meaty smokiness. The fact that this is hoppier and bigger than the regular smoked porter is very evident. Even cellar temp is not warm enough for this beer. As the beer is not warm enough at 50F for the sweet malts to balance the meaty smokiness. As it nears room temperature, it really comes into its own. Bigger than the regular smoked porter, yes, better, yes, but not a lot.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good beer, however I think it crosses the border form porter to stout. A little too much roasted barley character and too heavy a mouthfeel to fit the definition of a porter well. Chocolatey, malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, roasted bitterness. Not much hop aroma or flavor. If you like beers in the porter/stout category, give this one a try.