cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The lingering flavor made this one for me. Instead of using repetitive adjectives, I'm just going to say that Greg did an impeccable job of describing the beer and I'm not going to belabor the point. I did enjoy how the smoked taste lingered. Damn fine palate.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark, dark brown body with a full, dark brown head. The aroma is wonderful, subtle hop character, chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke. The flavors are also quite good with the smoke being a bit more pronounced. I love how this does not taste like a campfire or a pig roast. Plenty of chocolate and a bit of toast. A most pleasant and drinkable beer. The best smoked beer I've had. It's not too unlike the New Holland Olde Poet/The Poet.
Ducky (1) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite of all the Stone brews. It's smooth, a tad bitter, with just enough tang to make a good piece of chocolate taste really great.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice tan head. I thought this was a pretty decent porter. The bit of added smoke was interesting. Nowhere near as smokey as Alaskan.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
More tame than most Stone beers that Iíve tried, the Smoked Porter still has a bit to live up to. It certainly tastes drinkable, but has a bitter edge. It isnít to hopped up, but doesnít have the smooth edge of other Porters, like Anchorís. Tastes like smoked teriaki jerky with a kick. Has a bit of bite on the finish. Iím missing the "chocolate" taste that Iíve tasted in cheaper, more watery brews. It lacks malt definition for a porter. Overall, itís not bad, but not something Iíd drink every day.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent Porter, smoky,creamy,good compliment to a cold Winterís night. Dark chocolate, coffee (somewhat Lacking here)still overall a good beer on the Eve of 2003
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unexpected citrus aroma from this beer. It turns out to be a pleasant aroma/flavor to compliment what is essentially a great porter. The aroma seemed one-dimensional...just the hops and very little if anything else. The flavor, however, was huge, rounded out by roasty, smokey, chocolatey tones. The feel was pure creaminess...silky with just the right amount of carbonation. A snappy hops finish ends the experience perfectly.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice porter. Dark Borwn in color with a nice beige head. Roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Nice roasty start. Slight Smokiness start to kick in, in the middle. Nice slight bitter finish. Very good.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Subtle smokey, chocolate aroma. Very smooth with appropriate bittering and flavor hop additions. Chocolate flavor and a hint of smokiness are seamlessly blended. I didnít get much coffee flavor but the bottle was gone when it hit 50F. Recommended highly.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I
decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not
bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion)
over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and
subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP.
(20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this ísmoked porterí is indeed subtle.
Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle.
In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer.
The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer.
The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol.
Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt.
The beer has perfect mouthfeel. íHop headsí love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality.