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.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Another great Stone creation. This one available all year round, unlike so many of their beers. Black in color. Coffee, cocoa, alcohol palate.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A moderately sweet and just slightly smoky aroma. A nice thick, tan with medium sized bubble head. I’m shocked a subtle beer from Stone! Just a little sweet, mellowed out with just the slightest sour note. Plenty of roasted malt flavors but far from over done. A nice full mouth feel but not overwhelming. Maybe there is just a little more hop bitterness than some porters have but still this beer is in balance. And as to the smoked part of it, well you might not notice it at all if you normally work in a smokehouse and that is what your looking for. Again Stone has not allowed the smoke to take over but its there adding its flavor to a great smoked porter
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried and tried I might could not find a nose through the night. The smoked flavors are not up front in the flavor and really needed to be searched for. Makes a good porter, and a fine beer, but expecting the smoked and not getting any is kind of disappointing. Creamy textures fairly good feel.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black beer with crisp tan head that fades quickly to tan lacing. Oily, chocolately, coffe taste and much more interesting than a porter, with smokey peat and bitter cascade hops on top of the usual simple porter dark malt. Sweet and bitter finish, with lingering smokiness. I did not expect to like it, since I don't like rauchbieres or porters. This was great, and an unanticipated delight.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
While I totally missed any suggested smokiness, I found this light bodied, oily porter to be chock full of great flavors. Huge oatmeal, chocolates, and gourmet coffees. Dry hoppiness is light and the aftertaste is sweet and subtle. The empty bottle does give off a bit of smokiness, more like a dying campfire than smoked meat, ala most rauchbiers.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark black color with small tan head. Needs more carbonation. Roasted malt and smokey flavor.
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rich brown with a brown, creamy head. The first scent is of hops and a smokiness. Then slowly the coffee-ish notes seep in. The taste has some hop bitterness to go along with the cocoa and coffee combo but the smoke taste is not a strong as the Aecht Scherlenka brand. That was a little overwhelming whereas this was more tolerable. Good beer.