rajendra82 (1035) - 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 (4353) - 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.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: smells of roasty smokey malt and chocolate mocha. mmm. its a dark brown/ ruby color with a fairly light brown/ tan head. i like this beer a lot, of course... slight smokey hints, but not over powering, like the rogue smoke... i htink this is a fine beer, and wouldn't mind drinking it ever.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with a long lasting large tan head and big time lace. The aroma is slighlty smoked and dark and very malty rich. The flavor is bitter chocolate, slightly smoked, and coffee like. The palate is rich and appealing. Overall, I grow tired of Porters, but this one seems to provide some interest.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black. First flavor that comes to mind is coffee. I also taste the roasted smokey flavor. Very rich and somewhat hoppy. A good beer, but i like most of the other stones better.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Tap (5/03/04): While very good, nothing better than your average porter. Aroma: smoked porter, sweet syrup. Flavor: sweeter than average porter, coal, coffee. Finish: almost meaty, classic porter. Very good, yet nothing unique. Draught (12/24/04) in buffalo: Deep, dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is quite roasty, lots of roasted malt, no smoke. Rating stays the same as previous.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium beige head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit aroma. Nice roasted coffee, smoked wood, malt, dark fruit and floral hops flavors. Slightly dry, bitter hops finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark reddish-brown, big light tan head, very mild chocolate nose. Roasty, chocolate, hint of coffee, just a little smoke. Some finishing bitterness.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely sweet, caramelly nose. Strong flavour of burnt rubber, lots of bitterness, sweet caramel and some roast. Sweetish finish, quite bitter, with an astringent hoppiness and burnt character. This would be a good beer if it wasn’t for the feeling I was drinking liquified tyres! (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smoked malt is the predominant flavor of this beer, although the normal coffee and chocolate flavors of a good porter come out as well. Amongst the 10 best Porters in the world!