FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Pours black with a persistent light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 pitch black and bubbly good start beer with smoked oaky smell..tasty oaked and mesquite bbq and slight banana taste. had a large head that reminds me of cookies and creme when i looked down from the top.
Terminus (3249) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber-again, another under-rated brew! in the words of Hopscotch, "this beer rocks!" deep brown appearance-little red around the rim of the glass. little head, but what head was there was off-white. nice small sized bubbles-Awesome! Aroma was pretty stanrdard, but nice(chocolate, roasted, sweet, some citrus?(i detected citrus as it warmed up). complex flavor-chocolate, roasted-as it warmed, the smoke flavor comes. Slight sourness way late in the finish. Why the low ratings?
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark brew with a slight hint of red around the edges. Light malt and faint smoked aromas. Flavor is lightly malty balanced by hops with light touch of smokiness. Nicely done with hints of roasted malts.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is probably my favorite smoked porter to date. Pours a perfect dark, dark brown color. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Also detect some spice aromas. Flavor is smokey, sweet and bitter in great harmony. An excellent representation of the style.
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown, not opaque with a slight reddish hue to it and a nice off white head that left beautiful lacing. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Smoked taste, followed by coffee, hops, and roasted malt. I wish I rated this earlier.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild dark coffee aroma. Very dark and nicely rich. Bitter chocolate flavor with a crisp finish. The "smoke" comes from the roasted malt, I guess. But it tastes nice, nevertheless. One of the better porters in my opinion.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown almost black in color, roasted coffe smell, rich dark chocolate roasty hints of toasted malt with a smooth smokyiness and the ends very good porter
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess I'm just not a fan of smoked beers. Nice, thick porter. I do like the coffee taste, I just can't get past the smoke. Not my thing.
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very dark brown, with a dark tan head. If served very cold it is a good idea to let this sit for 5-10 minutes before drinking or the beer will have little flavor. If tasted at the right temperature, hints of coffe and chocolate are present. This is a great porter, and another good beer from Stone!