bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown clear body with a tan head, nice lace. The aroma is lightly smoked with hints of chocolate. You can taste the malt all the way through your mouth. Smoky, and chocolatey. Very tasty brew, I’ll drink it again.
madsberg (11347) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Reddish brown coloured. Clear. Has a light brown head. Light smoked, maltish and chocolatish aroma. Is malty, light spiced and light roasted in the flavour. Not much smoke to be noticed. Is thin bodied but yet smooth. Dies quickly on the palate. Has to draw a few points, because the smoke character imo is too vague.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where the fuck did they put the smoke in this beer? I couldnt find it for sure... Roasty aroma, some licorice. Almost black body, medium tan head. Roasty flavor, some chocolate, but no fuckin smoke. I want Schlenkerla-smoke in this beer!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with medium tan head...smell is coffee and chocolate with definate smokey overtones...taste is instantly sharply bitter and the smoke thing tasted rather like a stale, already been lit 3 weeks ago and sat in an ashtray flavor...chocolate flavor not nearly as pronounced as the bitter coffee flavor...bitter yet warming mouthfeel...
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark, nearly opaque...a hint of amber when held up to the light. Thick brown head. Nice sweet aroma that is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Big body, chewy and delicious. Excellent balance of coffee and chocolate plus a nice hoppy bit to balance the sweetness of the malt. The smoke is apparent in the finish but not quite as strong as i thought or hoped for (this being my first smoked beer)...otherwise an excellent beer that i could enjoy everynight this winter.
Dorwart (2511) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large sticky head. Amazing lacing. Big frothy bubles on top. Low carbonation. Slightly sweet smoked aroma, with a bit of salty soy sauce. Color is a very dark port red. Slight smoked flavor. Just the right amount. Not overpowering. Good malt backbone. Creamy and thick in the mouth. Low alcohol makes this very easy drinking. Finish is creamy and smooth with very little aftertaste for a proter. Stone produces a magnificent brew again!
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. easily the best stone beer i’ve tried. mild smokiness in the aroma with some cocoa powder and soccerball ham. nice shade of black, quite thick but soft on the tongue. a bit of a surprise that the finish is quite restrained, semi-dry with some faint vanilla sweetness. nice to have a stone beer with some subtlety
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Tap RE-RATE: Very sweet out of the tap and it gets better as it warms. The complexity starts to show in the beer, sweetness starts to share with coffee, chocolate, and smoke.
22oz bomber. A porter more characterized by coffee and chocolate taste than smoke. Medium-bodied, bubbly feel on the tongue that finishes with more hops than expected.
badgerben (4827) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to sdbruboy for this! Black color with a thick head. Kind of a smoked coffee taste instead of a smoked malt. Bitter coffee and chocolate taste. This really seems like a porter with a bit of smoke, rather than a smoke that tries to be a porter. Wonderful.
piscator34 (2300) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A difficult beer for me to rate. If I were to rate it just by its porter characteristics (creamy body, subtle roastiness, beautiful coffee, chocolate, hops interplay) it would be over a 4. However, the smoke quality, as subtle as it is, really spoiled it for me. I like smoked beers, and can appreciate using it as an "element" rather than the dominating factor, but the smoke in this beer tasted more like ash. This is still a GOOD beer and it’s very close to GREAT, but that final failing it very frustrating indeed!