mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, opaque, dark brown beer with a big tan head. Aroma of smoke, malt, and hops. Very smoky flavor with lots of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness. A friend commented "This tastes like it’s dry-hopped with beef jerky!" Thick, creamy, and full-bodied. As is, it tasted young with each flavor component standing a little too much on its own. Give this beer a year in the cellar to round itself out a little and it will be phenomenal.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite porter. Dark, roasted chocolate. And hoppy bitterness that's uncommon for a porter. Can taste the smoke rolling off your tongue.
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.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same appearance as their smoked porter. Much hoppier aroma, more edgy, not really smoky enough. More on the hop side than the chocolate one. I like the original one much better.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a creamy brown with a super amount of head. A decent amount of hops greets my first taste. In whole this is a suped up Porter with a lot more hops than most porters.
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.
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.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells good, roasted malts, an earthy smell. Motor oil thick and dark but with a red to the dark brown. Big fine bubbled head. Taste’s a little sweet, roasted grain, coffee, molasses, and raisins combined with citrus,flowers and this beer is just a bit sour. This is a thick mouth feeling beer and a great one
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant... just brilliant.... I made a mess in my jeans when i smelled it....The color is ebony, the aroma reminds me a smoked porter and an excellent barley wine, very strong. The smoke flavor was less than that of the smoked porter, the smoke was mellowed, a sweet taste with hints of dark chocolate malts, and some hops, smooth smooth smooth, full palate and a pleasantly smoked aftertaste. One of the best.