barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was pretty good beer actually, not as strong of a smoke flavor as some of the other smoked porters I’ve had, but enough to be recognizable, and enough to be pretty good.
I’ll call it "smoked porter light."
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good porter. Not really expected from Stone. Had it on tap at Half-Time. Good mocha, roasted aroma. Pours a deep black color with a medium tan head. A truely Smokey, mocha flavor. Good porter from Stone.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark body med tan head. smells slightly bitter. nice consistancy. mocha taste smoky slighty bitter aftertaste you can definatly taste the smokyness very nice though.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Stone brew. Sweet! Pours black with a thick tan head. The nose on this isn’t quite what I thought it would be as it was quite subtle with notes of toasted malts, coffee and raisins.The flavour however was rich, deep and mouthfilling. I detected raisins, coffee, toasted malts and a soft corbonation to allow the favours to come forth, nice lingering finish. I look forward to my other Stone brews. Thanks to my buddy Aaron for getting me this.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly slight aroma, just a touch of woody smoke and notes of cocoa, roasty malt and toffee. Deep brown-black color, mahogany highlights with a rather slight head. Flavor is roasty to start, the middle seeing a dose of chocolatey sweetness, and with a very mildly bitter, toasty, coffeeish finish. Medium bodied, palate is creamy, effervescent. Tasty Porter rendition, not so smoky ultimately. Thanks to Falconseye8 for the bottle.
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 she’d 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 Master’s 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. It’s 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 (1563) - 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 (1019) - 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 aren’t 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.