IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured very dark with a medium brown head that left a lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty rich for a porter, and smelled of smoky molasses. Initial taste was surprisingly less sweet than I anticipated, but not necessarily as smoky as I anticipated, either. Overall it had a very mild sweetness with a predominant roasted character. The finish was bitter at first but smoothed out rather nicely. Not as good as Anchor or Fullerís I donít think, but a fine porter from a true upstanding company.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 re-rate:pours a nice dark-brown with very little off-white head.aroma is of chocolate,liquorice,and coffee.flavor is much the same with a smooth creamy finish.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Had this at Coleís in Buffalo NY. I give this an 18 just because Iíve had Alaskan Smoked Porter. No real smoked flavor that I detected, I was expected drinking a camp fire like Alaskan. But overall a great great porter.
SDalkoholic (2301) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 A dark brown/black color that is easily visible through once agaisnt a light. Thick tanned head that is a fluffy frosting on top. Smell has a roasted malt and smoked wood chip aroma. Alcohol is masked behind a minimum amount of chocolate and coffee like flavors. The smoked malts are truly unique touch added to this porter giving it delicious results. I realized drinking this porter its one of the best damn porters iíve ever drank so far.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, itís the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Oily black pour with a thin ring of bubbles. Smells of smoke, malt, and raisin. Front end has alot of fruit-plum, cherry, apple, some citrus zest. Chocolate malts are present but in the background. Fairly sweet. The smoke is way in the background, which is nice. Finish is dry and a little dirty. As it warms, the malts come out and move up front.
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with a tan head. roasted malt aroma. coffee and sweet malt taste that finishes nice and lightly bitter. nice strong flavor that melts into my tongue. much firmer mouthfeel than i expected from a porter.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 5-12-04.Nice aroma of roasty malts,choco-coffee and some hops lending a tease of citrus.Great black appearance with ruby highlights.Ireally like the hops in this one with a pleasant lingering bitterness to match all the above noted aromas and that ever so subtle smoke.Great palate,medium body,great bitterness.Will get more of this when I get a chance.Good off white head>good lace>great beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade from Doclock, thanks. From a bottle. Strong coffee and roasty aromas. Pours dark black with a thin, but creamy head. Strong bitter coffee flavors. Very porterish mouthfeel that belies how thick it looks sitting in the glass.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with an off-white head, almost identical to the picture. Wonderful crisp taste despite being such a dark beer. I can definitely taste hints of chocolate and cafe flavors. Slight burnt taste that complements the subtle overtones. Smooth brew...def. a good job by stone. At only 2.99 for 1.6 pints at trader joeís, itís a beer worth trying.