ABUSEDGOAT (2606) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Black pour with a moderate head. Not motor oil dark, but dark enough. Last time I had this I could barely pick out any smoke, this time it was easy. Also notes of chocolate, roast, coffee and a faint hint of vanilla. Nothing too daring here, pretty enjoyable.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark black, big hilly/rocky head, slowly diminishing. Roasted malt nose, some brown toast and faint choco-smoke. Flavor isnít as in your face smoke dominated, which is good, they let it sit in the back and compliment other flavors, chocolate, roasty/toasty, bitterness is in there too. A nice thickness, not a heavy coater, but feels good in the mouth.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great Stone creation. Great in your face flavor, nice color, great aroma.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Dark ale, thin tan head. Rich malty aroma, no smoke, some chocolate. Full flavored - more like a stout than a porter; again easy on the smoke, some peat, no burnt black patent malts. Great creamy mouth feel.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
See, this is where uncomprising craftmanship gets you. Supoib beer, as usual, from Stone. Porter-like sweetness with stouty roastiness. Iíve got a thing for Porters lately, what with 3 Floydís Alpha Klaus garnering a rare 5/5. So I was in the mood. Plus my pro-Stone biases are showing through. All my numbers here are biased, but this sheeit is still really damn good. Truly perfect mouthfeel, I mean that. Crisp and throaty, and mouth-roofy. Full and chewy. Roasty aroma is lovely but not intense. Only gets better as you gulf this stuff down and get more loaded; Stone knows what itís doing with these 22-oz thingys. Even better than that Riesling I had last night. Standout beer. Remarkable. Alas, Charlize Theron isnít available for boinking. But as some consolation, at least Stone Smoked Porter is available for drinking.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black coffee in color, brown hues, large frothy light beige head, nice brewers lacing. † Very roasty aroma, soft smoke, with even a bit of chocolate coming through. † Smooth, rich, creamy porter, definite smoke aspect but not in the ashtray sense. † Subtle chocolate and coffee round things out nicely. † Wonderful body, medium to full mouthfeel, slightly creamy even. † A nice hop bite at the back end too! † This is a fantastic Porter!
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate notes and some orange citrus aromas from this impenetrably black porter. A bitter front end and a long, if thin, chocolate and roast coffee palate, and there are some lighter, sweet grain flavors, too. I agree that the smoke is a small part of the flavor profile, but I think that is half the point. Not my favorite porter -- it doesnít pack much punch and lacks the density of my style favorites.
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am one of the minority I guess! I am not getting smoked, ( very very faint)! I am tasting the usual American interpretation of the Porter style which is much too sweet!! Color is great , head is fine but it is about as subtle as a crutch!!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have to say that after having an Alaskan Smoked Porter a few weeks ago I am totally let down with this.There was no comparison.This was slighly fragrant of roasted malts but no smokiness at all and the flavor was more like weak porter.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown pour, hints of dark red around the edges, generous light tan head that left good lacing behind. Aroma is slightly smoky, some roasty malt notes to complement. Flavor is mostly smoky, some earthy flavors in there too, roasty, and a nice bitter note as it finishes. Medium bodied, carbonation and smoky flavor leaves a pleasant sensation in my mouth. Overall, another solid Stone beer.