Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in colour with a nice beige head. Nose is malty, a bit smokey, with a touch of anise. Well balanced malts and very slight smokey flavour. A very mild beer for Stone, but quite tasty.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn good. Dark dark with thin tan head. The nose is very malty and lots of sharp hops. The taste is hoppy but first there is a kick of sharp hops. Very good, and I was surprised how easily drinkable this was.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Tasted this along with Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, and Imperial Stout, and finished off with 3Floyds Dark Lord. This was right in there with the best. Pours black with a deep tan frothy head. The aroma was inviting, full of chocolate and coffee malt with an ever so subtle smokiness. The flavor was fantastic, carrying the coffee and chocolate and the subtle smoke to make for a great drink. Beautiful.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown body with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma has smoked apple, molasses, and bubblegun sweetness. The flavor features ritz crackers, apples/plum, and charcoal. Dry finish. I normally don't like smoked beers and this one isn't much different. The smokiness isn't terrible strong or offensive, but it contributes towards a strong dryness that isn't refreshing or enjoyable. I appreciate the quality of the beer and the new flavors (for me) but the fact that it's smoked still doesn't jive with me.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small creamy off white head that lasts and a dark brown/red body. Aroma at first smelled like a smoked barleywine. Kind of an a smoked apple thing. Tastes pretty good... I didn't find a lot of smoked flavor (maybe I'm just immune to it), but did think the finish had a smoked hops/bitterness to it. Overall had a roasted maltiness, with some burnt apple. Body/mouthfeel was ok, but could have been thicker. I liked it!
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my all time favorite porters. It is hard to find, but worth the price. I love the smoked malt flavor...not as pronounced as a rauchbier, but present nonetheless. This beer is so thick and malty that it reminds me of a stout. Great with a cigar and chocolate.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown, short lived tan head. Roasted malt aroma, some bitter chocolate. Flavor is fairly dry, notes of cocoa, roasted malt, and some underlying smoke. Medium to full body, gives a bit of a warming feeling for only 5.9%. Very nice porter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, at The Ginger Man, Manhattan.
Dark juicy brown body with a thin tan head. Rich toasted malt aroma. Viscous, rich stout-like texture. Really silky and full flavoured. The colour is so intense it is staining the glass. Alcohol is noticeable on the mind but I missed in smoked notes. Cracking beer though.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful ebony color, inpenerable by light. Nice finger size tan head, respectable lace for the remainder of the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee, fire malt and smoke. Taste is full, with the coffee and roasted malt up front, thinning to a nice solid medium hop finish that has a slight smokey tingle towards the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a strong medium. Nice bold, pungent porter with relentless charcoal and wood undertones. This porter is bold but smooth. Firey!
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose: roasted chocolate malts, hint of hops, slightly acidic. Pours thick, liquid is black opaque with a column of tiny bubbles streaming up along the curved side of my sniffer. Head is large, tan and lasting, strong lacing. Flavor: front is sweet chocolate malts, body very smoky, chocolate malts, some hops in the background, finish is smoky and moderately bitter. Palate is thinner than I was expecting but not watery by any means. Overall, excellent, by far the most out standing porter I've experienced. Some raters said this wasn't very "smoky", well their taste buds must be broken, lots of smoke flavor here.