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RATINGS: 2442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A rich, dark and delicious porter with chocolate and coffee overtones accented by a subtle smokiness from just the right amount of peat smoked malt. Unlike a rauchbier, the "smoke" in Stone Smoked Porter is an ELEMENT of the character rather than being THE character. -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2004
06.23.04 22oz Bomber. Quite dark, hearly black with auburn highlights at edges. Little head is wispy. No smoke in aroma(?) but rather smells liek a regular porter. Not so roasty, mostly sweet smelling with some anise. Very malty. Flavor has a nice smoked quality, but more like smoke was an afterthought, or a mistake. Not at all sweet. Some raisin notes up front. Very bitter finish makes it signature Stone. Roastiness really lingers over a nice hop bite. This is a beer that grows on me and really improves as the glass empties. Could definitely stand for a more assertive smoke character. It almost seems as though the beer is trying to avoid being smokey so that it won’t be labeled a smoked beer...why? Is smokey beer less marketable? Later...I can’t get over a certain grapefruit pithe flavor that keeps poking in its head and is rather annoying. As a porter, this is a very good beer. As a smoked porter, I think it falls short. I’ve rated the beer for what it is, a porter, and ignored that the label calls it smoked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Deep brown bordering black, fluffy tan head. All kinds of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and crème brulee, with just the slightest hint of smoke in the nose. Flavor practically matches aroma with the addition of those famous Stone hops present to balance out the richness. Full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, bitter-sweet finish. Brilliant!! Greg...if you can make it to PA, VA and DC, surely you can squeeze in some production for Maryland too right? :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Good tasty porter, the hint of smokiness really sets thisone apart from a lot of porters out there. Good hop appel and bitterness. Smokiness not overpowering the porter traits it has. More than Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured a rich brown/black with a decent amount of "oatmeal" head. Aroma was chestnutty with caramel and chocolate. Taste was cream, caramel, some chocolate and a bit of hops. Very rich good amount of creaminess near the middle and caramel and chocolate coming through the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Holly Head Batman!! Seriousl, this beer has crazy head. You pour 1 oz in a pint, and the rest fills up with head! This beer actually taste like it was smoked. Not sure if I like that in a beer or not. Kinda taste like burnt coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2004
$3.29 BOMBER! dark black! couldnt see through even when held to the sun,,dark chocolate head and lace that last all the way to the end!! very silight smoke tast,,big body and thick. good! good ! good!! will buy again and recomend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
Bottle.Great porter. Soft and roasty, yet fairly assertive. You get hits of chocolate/caramel and tasty/roasty malts. Nice hops in the finish. The other thing i liked about it was there seemed to be no overkill with the hops, which was great. Nicely balanced, tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Well aged bottle. Dark brown color with an out of control head. Slightly smoky scent and taste, with a dark chocolate taste being dominant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stedanko (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004 does not count
Very nice beer. Dark and rich, looks and tastes like a Murphy’s with a hint of smokiness and a few other flavors. Not bitter at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
22oz bomber - Deep garnet pour with small light tan head. Nice smokey aroma, roasted malt. Roasty, smokey flavor...nicely balanced. Thin mouthfeel, consistant with some porters. I really like the smokiness. Light hop presence to finish, smoke and caramel flavors linger. One of my favorites.

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