VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored body with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt with a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Full malt flavor accompanied by a mild smokiness and chocolate. The aftertaste is of dry roasted malt (and a continuing touch of smokiness).
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with a frothy tan head. Nice complex aroma of molasses and chocolate. Deep flavor full of chocolate...hint of smokiness as well. Some roasted malt maybe? A damn good Smoked Porter if you ask me.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich caramelly aroma with strong chocolate and alcohol presence. Small tan head that is mostly diminishing. Opaque body with a dark red hue. Nice lace. Good bitterness for a porter. The nice alcohol mouthfeel helps separate Stone's Smoked Porter from the rest of the Porter pack. Excellently sweet and strong. Warming. Thanks Kinz for sending this one.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2004 bottle Pours a tranluscent deep deep brown with some dark violet/red tinges, black colors and a medium tan head. Bittersweet aroma, some nuttiness actually, a bit of sweet coffee. Immediately upon sipping, the smoothness and balance are felt. Big flavors, subtle smokiness that lingers in the background and is actually barely perceptible. More up front is a fairly large saltiness, with a touch of chocolate, lots of bittersweet malt. Finish is pleasingly coffeeish, a touch of syrup, maple, coffee, salted beef.(ok not as bad as salted beef sounds). Alcohol no where to be found. Flavor is subtle, not hugely complex with twists and turns along the way, but a solid drinkable porter. Could use some more hops.
late 2004 bottle Much less body and a more neutral, even, light chocolate malt taste. Little to no smoke, if any, and a lightly nutty/sweet body. Not as flavorful as I remember.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with mahogany edges, almost no head at all and very small lace. Aroma is mainly chocolate malt, though there is not a lot else that I can detect. Chocolate and roast malt in the flavor with just a very slight undertone of smoke. Not too big of a body, though the palate is nice and smooth. It leaves the mouth feeling nice and clean. This is a unique smoked as it does not really over power you with the smokiness that others do. Very mellow and pleasing.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robust with smoke and chocolate aroma. Deep dark color with medium tan head. Very well balanced roasted malt, smoke and coffee flavors. A very delicious porter that I highly recommend!
Weisseroy (1) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious and balanced roasted/smoky/chocolatey aroma. I daresay the flavors are perfectly balanced as well, with a nice roasted malt flavor that goes down smooth and doesn't finish tasting burnt. Rather it leaves you with a nice sweet taste in your mouth that asks for more. The larger bottles are a great serving size for these situations. Diagnosis: delicious.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/14/03. On draft at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Dark coffee brown with good carbonation. Moderate tan head that lingers very thin. Very good, slightly quick but uniform lacing. Nice solid nose with inviting smokiness and strong malt-- subtly sweet but very fine. Taste is immediately darkly malty and smoky with a light sour edge like a dry stout. Also very subtle hints of sweetness. Medium-to-thin body with quick harsh bitterness. Finish is surprisingly elegant but a little too darkly smoky and dirty for my tastes, quite long and interesting but not outstanding. Another very solid beer from Stone. But it's probably the one of their year-round brews that requires the best timing for its consumption-- not something I could drink any day of the week.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured smooth and dark with a grand volume of light brown head. The head subsided and left a half inch nestled on the top of this rich, dark beer. The aroma entwined smoked malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of coffee and malt are abundant. The smoke taste is subtle but noticeable. Chocolate comes on as an aftertaste. Very nice.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dense and dark with a thin cream colored head, aroma is rich with mocha and malts. The flavor is full of roasted chocolate and coffee, semi sweet but mostly dry and smokey, strong finish, a most splendid porter, rock on.