Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If Stone breweries were a woman sheíd be named Babraham Lincoln:) Imperial Russian was terrific, so is Smoked Porter. Bigger assortment of flavors and not quite as potent. Chocolate. Roasted, smoked hoppy flavors. Undertones are a wee bit citrusy. Most likely a grapefruit. The guys at Stone are Grand Masterís at their craft. Great beer is not achieved by circumstance. These guys have done their homework and are fantastic. This bottle is every bit as good as the previous Imp. Russian Stout. I keep saying, many of you have had this, the rest, are really really missing out on terrific beer.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - in my bottle the aroma is a bit odd. It had some smoke, but somehow a soapiness came through. An attractive appearance. Deep brown with a tightly bubbled beige head. Lacing was excellent. Soft on the palate. More roasty than smoky. Itís a good beer, but not quite what is implied by the name.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice porter. The roasted malts come through pretty strong in the aroma, also a hint of smoke. Flavor is sweet, malty, and smokey all at once. Great mouth feel, leaves you wanting more.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance with a tan, rocky head. Some smoke is evident in the aroma, along with roasted malts and coffee. The dark fruit and caramel malt taste accentuates the full-bodied flavor with a mild hop bite. Smoke shows up again in the smooth dry finish.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 This is one smokey, smoked Porter. The Peat was really coming through strong on the night I tasted this one. A bit too strong for me. I think smoked porters maybe arenít my thing. But if they are you thing this is probably a great one.
UPDATE: Had another one last night and it was much more subdued on the smoky side. Made for a much better overall porter experience. Might need to re-assess this one.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was a bit faint. Flavor was sweet and chocolaty, but also too bitter and too hoppy. I really didnít pick up much on the smoke character, but still this was a pretty good porter.
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
BottlePoured at 59F very dark. Almost black. Aroma is faint, smokey toasted, hoppy. Tastes definately smoked, and a fairly strong hopps content. The lingering smokey tang is haning around a while and thereís plenty of carbonation for everyone.
Finish does not have that smooth soft feel that I like in this style. Just OK and for almost $4 I probly wont get it again.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark as night color with a pale chocolate, coffee aroma. Smokey, dark coffee roasted flavor with some chalkiness residing. Needs a little more smoke character. Fairly smooth and nicley hopped. It ends with a dry, then semi-biitersweet finish. An enjoyable beer.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown, light brown head, mostly not lasting. aroma is lightly chocolatey, donít really detect any roast, some chalkiness. flavor is virtually the same with a lightly to moderately hopped finish. mouthfeel is fairly substantial. i was shocked that the smoke is barely detectable in the aroma and undetectable in the flavor. while i think schlenkerla beers are somewhat overly smoked, this beer is undersmoked for the style. However, this is still a good porter, just not really what i would call a smoked porter.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
06.23.04 22oz Bomber. Quite dark, hearly black with auburn highlights at edges. Little head is wispy. No smoke in aroma(?) but rather smells liek a regular porter. Not so roasty, mostly sweet smelling with some anise. Very malty. Flavor has a nice smoked quality, but more like smoke was an afterthought, or a mistake. Not at all sweet. Some raisin notes up front. Very bitter finish makes it signature Stone. Roastiness really lingers over a nice hop bite. This is a beer that grows on me and really improves as the glass empties. Could definitely stand for a more assertive smoke character. It almost seems as though the beer is trying to avoid being smokey so that it wonít be labeled a smoked beer...why? Is smokey beer less marketable?
Later...I canít get over a certain grapefruit pithe flavor that keeps poking in its head and is rather annoying.
As a porter, this is a very good beer. As a smoked porter, I think it falls short. Iíve rated the beer for what it is, a porter, and ignored that the label calls it smoked.