grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Great brew. Pours a lovely black hue witha nice toasty brown head. Smells like a chocolate bar. Really it smelled so creamy and smooth I couldn’t believe it. Tastes just as chocolatey. Hops prevent the beer from flattening out on the palate. They keep things perked up. Nice balance between the malt and hops. Both are totally in your face. The smoke is an excellent part of this brew. Not too heavy not non existant. Smooth and drinkable. I could drink 400 of these.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pour with a wicked head. The aroma rolling off this beer were wonderful...I definately noticed the smoked part, maybe I was looking for it too much. Rich chocolate malt, creamy and smooth. Very nice finish. Stone continues to amaze.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Nice and foamy head that seems to boil like a mud-pot; tons of beautiful lacing; hints of licorice, and a light fruity, chocolate-dough aroma (?!); nice rich, thick, malty, bitter-sweet, chocolatly, roasty, creamy, and *very* mild smokey flavor: maybe needs more smoke? Outstanding.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Nice smokey, roasted aroma. Chocolate, dark coffee, smoked flavors. This is pretty tasty. Has a mellow richness about it. Warms up nicely. Overall, nice one from Stone. Re-rate: I was much more impressed with this the first time around. Last night I had another bottle and was a bit disappointed. By no means is this a bad porter, but Alaskan smoked porter it ain't. It was to bitter and the smoke was almost undetectable. The roasted malt was mushy and the beers overall flavors didn't mesh together very well. Not very balanced. It's just to bitter and sharp. I would have to re-rate 3.5.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great smoked porter. beautiful head and a dark brown color and if you can’t taste the smoke flavor, get your taste buds checked!!
FormatKid (7) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz bomber pours out a deep yet slightly translucent dark garnet color. Big, lumpy oatmeal like off-white head, chunky lacing clings to the glass. Smell is smooth, sweet and reminiescent of bitter chocolate and creamed coffee with thin prickling strands of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, wonderful and refreshing. Subtle smokey roastiness, with a semi-sweet cocoa middle and a teasing hop zing at the end. Excellent.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark delicious. The tan head lasts to the bottom of the mug. Smooth but strong witha delightful smoky flavor. It is hopped just right, not bitter and no cloying aftertaste. This goes on my buy again list
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow! poured a dark dark brown color almost black with a little red twinge. a tan head that faded a bit to fast for me. The aroma was mixed iwht smoke, chololate, malts, and caramel notes.
The taste was a mix of chocolate hops, and smoke. Very rich and hearty. One of the best beers i have ever had
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When poured from the 22 oz. bomber, with the signature Stone Gargoyle, into a Pilsner glass, the beer displays an inch tall off-white rocky head that diminishes to a small line of bubbles, leaving a fair bit of lacing. The body is ruby brown in color, and is much clearer than almost any other porter that I have come across. The smoked malt clearly imparts a burnt roasty aroma to the beer. The hop aroma is light and faintly grassy. The taste is refreshingly acidic (lemons mostly), and bitter-sweet chocolate with almonds, with a smoky grain flavor constantly lingering in the background. There is also a hint of cracked peppercorn in the aftertaste. The body is light on the palette, with a creamy smooth texture enhanced by the soft carbonation. The finish is chalky and bone dry, leaving you craving the next sip. The beer is amazingly drinkable, and would make a good companion on a hot summer day. Stylistically, this is not quite a classic porter, but Stone is not known for their strict adherence to such things. I say more power to them.
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena. Looks like a Mild, with a fast disappearing head, and geological lacing.
Very smooth and flat mouthfeel; smells stouty and oaty. Sweet, especially to begin, giving way to a musky smokiness and a mildly hopped finish, which is medium length and engaging. A tasty Porter, but I still prefer mine unsmoked.