Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well aged bottle. Dark brown color with an out of control head. Slightly smoky scent and taste, with a dark chocolate taste being dominant.
stedanko (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice beer. Dark and rich, looks and tastes like a Murphy’s with a hint of smokiness and a few other flavors. Not bitter at all.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber - Deep garnet pour with small light tan head. Nice smokey aroma, roasted malt. Roasty, smokey flavor...nicely balanced. Thin mouthfeel, consistant with some porters. I really like the smokiness. Light hop presence to finish, smoke and caramel flavors linger. One of my favorites.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown in color. Nice smokey beer. Full of carmel, and smoke. Smooth beeer. Fulll bodied. Nice.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep clear brown with a tan head. Nice carmel/smoke aroma. Flavor is full of carmel, some smoke, and hints of chocolate. Big smooth palate. Well made.
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couldn’t smell a whole lot in the aroma. Maybe it’s too cold. The taste is definitely "Smoked." Its creamy and smooth with a constantly changing after taste. I really like this beer.
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Kinda chocolatey smelling. Flavor is rich and a little sweet. very good!
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Great brew. Pours a lovely black hue witha nice toasty brown head. Smells like a chocolate bar. Really it smelled so creamy and smooth I couldn’t believe it. Tastes just as chocolatey. Hops prevent the beer from flattening out on the palate. They keep things perked up. Nice balance between the malt and hops. Both are totally in your face. The smoke is an excellent part of this brew. Not too heavy not non existant. Smooth and drinkable. I could drink 400 of these.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pour with a wicked head. The aroma rolling off this beer were wonderful...I definately noticed the smoked part, maybe I was looking for it too much. Rich chocolate malt, creamy and smooth. Very nice finish. Stone continues to amaze.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Nice and foamy head that seems to boil like a mud-pot; tons of beautiful lacing; hints of licorice, and a light fruity, chocolate-dough aroma (?!); nice rich, thick, malty, bitter-sweet, chocolatly, roasty, creamy, and *very* mild smokey flavor: maybe needs more smoke? Outstanding.