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 Alaskan’s Smoked Porter (sampled at GABF ’04). 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 I’d 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 Stone’s 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 (12765) - 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.
garrison (810) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the "1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz" bottle - Pours a thick black brew possessing a fine, lingering tan head and the rich arona of
caramel, cocoa, and bananas! The taste is a rich, malty one with peaty overtones and a sharp finish - I really like this beer!
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love porters, but am not overly fond of smoked beers. This brew, however, is not dominated by smoke. Lovely color of pitch - and a hint of brown when held up to the sun on a late lazy afternoon. The nose reminds me of summer BBQ’s at Bill’s, roasted pork butt on the smoker. Quite easy to drink, smooth and roasty with a hint of cocoa, although the smoke is one attribute I would remove, if I could. Smoke is for BBQs, not beer.
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Pint. Black, completely opaque, even held straight up to lightbulb! Heavy tan/orange foam. Charcoally/BBQ grill smell, or at least that’s kind of what it reminds me of, and that’s not a bad thing. Deep toasty/burnt chocolate flavor. Drinks relatively light & easy despite appearances. Slight metallic afetrtaste. Adequate carbonation. Nice effort by Stone!!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz brown bomber. This poured a deep black that let a little bit of light through and a decent sized tan head that quickly faded down to a collar. Smokiness can defiantly be detected in the smell but it is not overpowering as coffee and roasted malts also come through quite well. The taste is a quite balanced with the smokiness being subtle and a sweet malt flavor coming to the front of this. It has a slight bittersweet finish that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A good all around beer that is not your average porter. Another good brew by stone.