humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 Another fine creation from the folks at Stone. Mellow, smooth and chalked full of character. Subtle sweetness followed by hearty roasted malts and a dash of smokeyness. Head was persistant and the languid liquid dark and inviting. However the last several drinks began to taste like my grampa's old cough medicine. You know, like molasses, vicks rub and rusty nails. I'm sure this is due to the hoppy overtones not quite characteristic of this style. Regardless, the overall experience was positive.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a nice chocolate nose, but no smoke. There was the flavor of chocolate and smoke and they went together very nicely. Not as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, however it still tastes darn good!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a snifter,pours a frothy,tan,head..atop a very dark brown/black liquid.Good roasty,chocolate,bittersweet,aromas. The slightest hint of smoke noticeable,maybe.Oily,maybe a bit,thin mouthfeel. Medium body.Chocolate,roasty-dark malt in the mouth. The peat/smoke flavor hits right before the finish which is mainly sweet,very slightly hoppy.Be it subtle,the peat/smoke flavors are very noticeable.This very well done,IMO. Haven't had in a year.....much more impressed this time. I really like!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Nice beautiful chocolate color with tan head that lingers and laces. Aroma is smoky with chocolate notes. Nice and creamy with a little bitterness but very well balanced. This the best Stone product I've had thus far. A quality brew.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice looking in a glass, good toasted smell. Flavor was a match to the aroma, not a lot to add that already hasn't been said. Just a good smoked brew.
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black with just a touch of red. Foamy, light tan head. Roasty, lightly smokey aroma with a hint of bitter hops--very pleasant. However, as far as taste goes, it's just too bitter for it's own damn good. The bitterness overrides many of the other flavors (coffee, smoke). Medium bodied. Not nearly as smokey as I'd hoped. Certainly not Stone's best work.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RERATE: Aromas of sweet coffee and musty thick wood smoke. This is one thick porter. Rich, milky, like a cafe mocha. Medium, soothing hints of smoke flavor. The only thing wrong is too much smoke flavor, but only just too much.
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, rich brown in color with creamy head (almost nitro-quality) with lovely lacing. Deep & malty chocolate aroma with mild hop notes. Subtle smoky flavor that builds with time. Hoppier than many Porters. Very sweet and full in the mouth. Burnt chocolate on the tongue and drier than expected finish. Mild smoky tendrils that caress your nose and the back of your throat like a forgotten lover who returns only in the deepest of dreams. Very nicely balanced. A stellar beer.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet fairly mild aroma. Frothy/creamy tan head and dark brown color. Medium-heavy body. Somewhat dry smoky/burnt flavor with a tiny bite.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Good porter. Sweet, coffee, and smoked malt flavor. Finish is smooth, creamy, and dry.