obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber brown with a thick offwhite head. Great roasted nose with light smoke quality, nothing like the Rauchbiers Iíve had. Med to light in the mouth at first with a richness setting in as I swallow, overall med-dry. Burnt toast flavors with some light fruit hidden in there and a light smokiness that melds with the roasted malt instead of sticking out on itís own. I might not have thought this was a smoked beer at first and in the end I think that is what makes this one so damn tasty!
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown almost black.Had a nice tan bubbly head.Small amount of lace.The smell started out with strong berries,somewhat like bubble gum,then I sensed chocolate and malt.In the taste the first thing I noticed was the smoke,and the smoke taste is nice and smooth.It is well balanced in with the other flavors of chocolate,coffee, and malt. It has a medium-heavy body with light carbonation.This is a very good beer and does seem to have more of a punch then the stated 5.9 ABV.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark bronw beer, faint ruby colour with a thick tan head. Light beechwood smokiness underlies a bittersweet chocolate aroma. Toasted malts are also apparent. Flavour is smokier than the aroma, a bit of chocolate malt, light sweetness in the middle with a long toasty and bitter finish. There is also a touch of hoppy aroma as well. A nice beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3630) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have had this beer before, and I swear that I rated it. I guess I didnít though. Here goes again. Somewhat yeasty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee malty notes. Somewhat musty odor as well, but not really a ton of smoke in the nose to be appreciated. Moderately transparent dark mahogany color with a nice light tan head that hangs around. A nice looking beer. Oily palate, finishing somewhat hoppy and bitter. Start has some coffee notes whereas the middle has some slight smoked notes. A bit too oily and thick for me when it comes to a porter. Not too bad. Needs more smoke if itís gonna call itself smoked.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A well balanced and damn tasty smoked porter, and feels a lot stronger than the listed 5.9% alcohol. Now if only I could get it in 6 packs... ;)
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt. A little smoke. Flavors are chocolate and coffee with a nice earthy smoke taste. Smooth brew with nice carbination. Really good stuff!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really looking forward to comparing this "side by side" to Alaskanís Smoked Porter (sampled at GABF í04). But, alas, my shipment of Alaskan Smokies and Stone Double Bastard was damaged enroute and returned (damn that REALLY sucks, Merry Christmas John!). Anyway, I figured Iíd try this one anyway. Pours a nice deep dark brown. Coffee and chocolate aroma is nice and expected. The taste is a combination of both those flavors, together with a hint of smokiness and medium bitterness. Not near as smoky, "bacon and eggy" as the Alaskan variety. Has the requisite amount of malts and hops. Medium bodied, adequate mouthfeel, with a slightly bitter finish. This beer is good, but not my favorite among Stoneís multitude of offerings.
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color with an initally lagrge head that settled by but left a super lasing sheen on tan bubbles all the way through. Malty and sweet aroma along with some bitter hops and just a faint hint of smoke.. Wonderful taste. This was almost like a normal, great porter, but then there is just a hint of smoke that makes you take notice of the flavor. Some sweet malts, along with chocolate and maybe some molasses, and there is a nice hop bite in the finish. Couple all that with the smokiness and you get a heavenly taste. Thick in the palate and clings to the roof of my mouth. Merry Chistmas and a Happy Festivus to me!
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick smoky porter with a dark black color has a littly bit of a brown color when held up to light. Small amount of brown tan head but it lasts. Flavor is very smokey and very flavorful.
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light black with thick off white head. Light hops and smoked peat aroma. Sweet malt chocolate and smoked nuts with crisp mouthfeel. Rather complex body. Summer 2004.