deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz. bottle Velvety soft, super dark, subtle smokiness is just enough to be distinctive, not nearly enough to be overpowering. Sweet, woodsmoke aroma with a undertone of hops. Nicely balanced all the way from malty start to lightly bitter finish, fading evenly on the tongue. Of course it's good! It's a Stone :>
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Rerate A bit less flavorful this time around - not as much roasted chocolate notes as a porter of this caliber should have Original 3.9 An excellent smoked beer for those who are not fond of smoked beers (me!). The appearance is the color of raw liver with a mocha head and good lacing. Has a slight smoky aroma but not overpowering. Has a very mellow smoky flavor not cloying at all and did not taste like a bottle of liquid smoke - I expected to be blown out of the water with smoky flavor. Has a very pleasant mouthfeel. The hops find their way in nicely in the aftertaste. Well done.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beauty body, with a very thick, tan head, though not extremely dense due to fat bubbles. Smells of bitter hops, roasted chocolate-malt, and also some sweet cinnamon. Taste is a whole lot of coffee flavored hops, bitter chocolate and hickory-smoked barbeque. A novel occurrence being that I’ve never had a smoked beer before. Carries a medium-to-thick bodied feel in the mouth with hefty carbonation. Aftertaste is monstrously powerful, roasted everything: chocolate, coffee, oak chips, alcohol, furniture, phonebooks, and anything else you can heave into the fire. A very complex beer that ultimately fails because of too many strong flavors bombarding the palate. Honestly, I was expecting more refinement from Stone for this beer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Almost a stout instead of a smoked porter. Definite chickory taste with bits of hop taste. A great beer that can be enjoyed by all.
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Jet black with a nice tan head that, after it settles, actually reminds me of a guinness. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and yes, smoke. There isn’t a huge amount of smoke in the flavor, but it’s enough to make this beer more interesting than a typical dark porter. Great hop balance; a bit more hoppy than a typical porter or stout, but thankfully it’s not overdone as I thought it might be. A truly great beer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola clear colour. Yes - it has a peaty smoke aroma but plenty of roast malt, coffee and molasses as well. Mild medium smooth fortified wine like palate. Smoked, malt and hops are well balanced. Thinnish smoky finish and aftertaste.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is very dark, perhaps a deep reddish brown. The nose is full of chocolate with a touch of smoke. The palate is rich and creamy with an undertone of smoked malt. The hop presence is dutifully balanced. The only major flaw I find in this beer is that is under smoked for my tastes.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Sugary brown rum in drunken dark chocolate...Berries thrive amiddst the smoke and attain a roasty perfection...No smog in sight, just a beautifully crafted smoked porter with green back bitterness...More carbonated than the Bièropholie Calumet and less prevalent smoke...
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown-black color. Excellent tan head. Very smokey - but a little thin. Could use a little more malt.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a chocolatey brown, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter, dry, roasted chocolate and woodiness dominates the malty palate, with slight smoked notes joining the proverbial parade of flavor. Still, I prefer edgier takes on the style, and Stone plays it "safe" on their version.