JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good for the style. Dark brown with a big head. I disagree with the commercial description, the flavor is dominated by the smoke. Aroma is sweet, chocolatety and malty. The flavor is mostly smoke. Bitterness on the finish. Not the porter I was hoping for.
FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of smokiness. Nicest aroma I've yet run across in a beer. Beautiful appearance - nice creamy tan head, dark brown color, excellent lacing. Taste is good - the chocolate and coffee really come out, along with the "bite" of the beer. Smooth and a little creamy on the palate. Good finish. A new favorite of mine. Not something I'd guzzle...this is something to be savored.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma very reminiscent of Guiness, though color is lighter. Smokiness really brings out the flavors of smoked meat (pepperoni) and cheese (smoked mozarella). Beer disappears from glass very quickly.
sloth (2636) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized, chunky , tan/light brown head with some whispy laceing that hangs on. Dark brown color when held up to the light has a gorgeous clear red glow. Full bodied. Roasty, chocolatey nose with a hint of smoke.Slight smokeyness blends well with the malt and hops, though some more smoke wouldnt hurt. Finish is medium dry, roasty. Nice porter just needs more smoke! It is a smoked porter ya know.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, dark brown with a dense, one-pinkie head. Lace is not spectacular, but acceptable. I smell hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and I sense some alcohol--but with the ABV only 5.9 I wonder why; the aroma is a tiny bit harsh to me. Taste chicory, chocolate, coffee. towards the end, a nice bitterness, then a rush of roasted malt, then a little more bitterness, and then the peat flavor just inches out at the end, just for a second, to say hello. Then after Mr. Peat smoke has said goodbye, the previously generous mouthfeel gets a little thin. Just a little, though. Like many raters here, I wouldn't characterize this as a 'smoked' porter, just a porter, albeit a good one. Another good brew from Stone.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown color with nice highlights. Great explosive tan head and fantastic lacing. Fruity hops with coffee & chocolate, bitter notes emerge. Flavorful with just the right amount of smoked qualities, goes GREAT with some jerky while camping. Slightly sweet & bitter. Yummy!
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Seems like an average porter to me. The label is a pretty accurate description actually, I could taste the smoke as 'an element'. Decent hop flavor. Tasty, but I prefer other porters.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with an ok head. Has an ever changing character. First sniff reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Next one is mocha with hints of smokiness. Taste is similarly schizophrenic, but in a good way. Plenty of hops with smokiness appearing variably upfront and in the finish. That said, the character is mostly malts. Interesting brew, but a little confusing because it doesn't always taste/smell the same. Soft on the palate.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with tan head. Mocha, malt, with a touch of berry and hops in the aroma. Starts out sweet and fruity, chocolate, blackberry, smoke comes on more in the finish and as the beer warmed up. Long finish, starts sweet then dry and a little bitter. Little confused on the style here, I think I'd call it a porter. Whatever, it's good either way.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ ruby hue. Light brown head. Light smoke (peat) aroma w/ some woody, vinous elements. Full-bodied. Lovely, subtle smoked flavour w/ a nice, roasty, chocolaty, nutty complexity