tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peat smoke is apparent in the aroma without overwhelming the orange-citrus and pine-like hops. Opaque dark brown body is topped by a fine-bubbled tan head that recedes slowly with excellent lacing. Bittersweet chocolate and a fairly strong roastiness with the hops becoming more noticable towards the finish before giving way to the smokey and roasty aftertatse. Medium body with fair carbonation. Wonderfully balanced. This just may be my favourite out of the regular Stone line-up. Bottle (trade Aug. 2004). Thanks, Dorwart!
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark red/brownish color, minimal head. Aroma has a hint of smoke, but not overpowering. Has a salty, smoky flavor, generally malty but quite hoppy (as is typical for Stone) for the style. A very nice beer with a properly understated smoky flavor.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like it. Oily roasted component. Good malts. Plenty of coffee. Bitter chocolate and a hint of peat. No obtrusive grapefruity hops, thank goodness.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, with a tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, smoke, aand chocolate. Flavors include hops, chocolate, smoke, and malt. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and the smoke lasts a while too. Thanks to Brock Landers for this one.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a light tan decent-sized head. Aroma is bursting with strong notes of chocolate and nuts. The hops enter the palate with a strong punch, but then are balanced out with chocolatey maltiness. The finish is concise--the hops and malts settle in a smooth blend on the back of the tongue. Overall, probably one of the best porters I’ve had.
arianatsp (1) - ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not make he mistake of drinking this beer too cold. It comes alive when it warms up. Pours very dark with a nice thick tan head. Feels light and silky on the tongue. Carmel, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla then finishes with a lovley burnt espersso. Tastes like .... more.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit thin on the palate but a ton of roasty goodness in the flavor. The smoke is definitely an undertone. Its the hops that give this porter heft. Very enjoyable and smooth, easy drinking.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle)Pours nice fluffy tan head. Enjoyed smell but though the smoke scent wasnt strong enough. Hints of of chocolate and coffee. The smoked taste was not really what i expected and maybe could of been stronger. it kinda threw me off alittle. Pretty decent brew but could use alittle improvement in the flavor. Not bad though.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose and and initial flavour of this beer almost ruined it. My first scent of this was of smoked fish left in the sun - not a good start. However, I persisted with it, despite the rather nasty scent. It improved as it came up to room temperature, increasing in stature, taste, and depth. The smoked flavour actually tapered off, a good thing in my book. It became quite chocolatety and had a nice bitterness. Pretty good, but I nearly poured it for the smell alone.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff smells rich. Toffee and coffee, nice carbonation on the intake, a little dry and sweet, it sticks with you. A real great beer.