cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/14/03. On draft at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Dark coffee brown with good carbonation. Moderate tan head that lingers very thin. Very good, slightly quick but uniform lacing. Nice solid nose with inviting smokiness and strong malt-- subtly sweet but very fine. Taste is immediately darkly malty and smoky with a light sour edge like a dry stout. Also very subtle hints of sweetness. Medium-to-thin body with quick harsh bitterness. Finish is surprisingly elegant but a little too darkly smoky and dirty for my tastes, quite long and interesting but not outstanding. Another very solid beer from Stone. But it's probably the one of their year-round brews that requires the best timing for its consumption-- not something I could drink any day of the week.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured smooth and dark with a grand volume of light brown head. The head subsided and left a half inch nestled on the top of this rich, dark beer. The aroma entwined smoked malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of coffee and malt are abundant. The smoke taste is subtle but noticeable. Chocolate comes on as an aftertaste. Very nice.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dense and dark with a thin cream colored head, aroma is rich with mocha and malts. The flavor is full of roasted chocolate and coffee, semi sweet but mostly dry and smokey, strong finish, a most splendid porter, rock on.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Pours black with a persistent light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 pitch black and bubbly good start beer with smoked oaky smell..tasty oaked and mesquite bbq and slight banana taste. had a large head that reminds me of cookies and creme when i looked down from the top.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber-again, another under-rated brew! in the words of Hopscotch, "this beer rocks!" deep brown appearance-little red around the rim of the glass. little head, but what head was there was off-white. nice small sized bubbles-Awesome! Aroma was pretty stanrdard, but nice(chocolate, roasted, sweet, some citrus?(i detected citrus as it warmed up). complex flavor-chocolate, roasted-as it warmed, the smoke flavor comes. Slight sourness way late in the finish. Why the low ratings?
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark brew with a slight hint of red around the edges. Light malt and faint smoked aromas. Flavor is lightly malty balanced by hops with light touch of smokiness. Nicely done with hints of roasted malts.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is probably my favorite smoked porter to date. Pours a perfect dark, dark brown color. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Also detect some spice aromas. Flavor is smokey, sweet and bitter in great harmony. An excellent representation of the style.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown, not opaque with a slight reddish hue to it and a nice off white head that left beautiful lacing. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Smoked taste, followed by coffee, hops, and roasted malt. I wish I rated this earlier.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild dark coffee aroma. Very dark and nicely rich. Bitter chocolate flavor with a crisp finish. The "smoke" comes from the roasted malt, I guess. But it tastes nice, nevertheless. One of the better porters in my opinion.