meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz brown bomber. This poured a deep black that let a little bit of light through and a decent sized tan head that quickly faded down to a collar. Smokiness can defiantly be detected in the smell but it is not overpowering as coffee and roasted malts also come through quite well. The taste is a quite balanced with the smokiness being subtle and a sweet malt flavor coming to the front of this. It has a slight bittersweet finish that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A good all around beer that is not your average porter. Another good brew by stone.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz, Thanks RK. Just finished the first half of this one and I’m really enjoying. Nose of cocoa and toffee, not really coffee in the aroma, but a nice bitter coffee flavor along with a slight initial sweetness that falls into a nice porter tart and then bitter flavor. Great look as this one is not black, but rather a dark ruby color with great lacing... isn’t it great how a thick head (with great staying power) will usually tell you about the beer. All the senses are taken care of in this nice porter. I don’t get much smoke, but Greg Koch says that I shouldn’t, so.... good! Stone does it again.... One of the best breweries in the world.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep Brown. Deep, malt driven aroma with a touch of smoked malts and a hint of chocolate, coffee, tar and dark fruits. Silky, sticky, coating and heavy body and feel on palate. An instant 5 on the palate. Big for its size. Notes of chocolate, coffee and wet pavement along with a very small amount of smoke. Tasty.
BlondeBush (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this during Stone Brewing tour/ tasting while visiting North County San Diego--- the peat-smoked flavors make the beer more like a Laphroaig Scotch than your average porter. VERY nice. Even out of a plastic cup.
Ungstrup (30949) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A red-brown beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of chocolate, but not much smoke compared to a Bamberg beer. The flavor is dry, slighty sour but also sweet and with light notes of chocolate. The end is quite roasty. I can’t detect the smoke, but it is a nice porter.
bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown clear body with a tan head, nice lace. The aroma is lightly smoked with hints of chocolate. You can taste the malt all the way through your mouth. Smoky, and chocolatey. Very tasty brew, I’ll drink it again.
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Reddish brown coloured. Clear. Has a light brown head. Light smoked, maltish and chocolatish aroma. Is malty, light spiced and light roasted in the flavour. Not much smoke to be noticed. Is thin bodied but yet smooth. Dies quickly on the palate. Has to draw a few points, because the smoke character imo is too vague.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where the fuck did they put the smoke in this beer? I couldnt find it for sure... Roasty aroma, some licorice. Almost black body, medium tan head. Roasty flavor, some chocolate, but no fuckin smoke. I want Schlenkerla-smoke in this beer!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with medium tan head...smell is coffee and chocolate with definate smokey overtones...taste is instantly sharply bitter and the smoke thing tasted rather like a stale, already been lit 3 weeks ago and sat in an ashtray flavor...chocolate flavor not nearly as pronounced as the bitter coffee flavor...bitter yet warming mouthfeel...
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark, nearly opaque...a hint of amber when held up to the light. Thick brown head. Nice sweet aroma that is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Big body, chewy and delicious. Excellent balance of coffee and chocolate plus a nice hoppy bit to balance the sweetness of the malt. The smoke is apparent in the finish but not quite as strong as i thought or hoped for (this being my first smoked beer)...otherwise an excellent beer that i could enjoy everynight this winter.