Braudog (5462) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Smoke evident right away in the aroma and head. The chocolate head maintains nicely. Flavor is nice smoky malt. <<Rerated from draft 2/15/2008 ... this sample was much sweeter than Iíd expected. Tan top, moderate lacing. This came across more with a bittersweet chocolate essence more so than any very distinguishable smokiness.>>
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent smoked porter. I sensed so much of a ghosty quality in this beer that it nearly scared my pants off. My pants came off shortly after, but for completely unrelated reasons.
Best smoked porter Ive had thus far.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet and a little ghosty, that fades into a dry slightly smokey finish. This is a superb beer. A little more smoke flavor would be good, but itís hard to complain.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess what I want from a smoked beer is for it to be the outstanding characteristic rather than such a minor player. The smoke really didnít come out until the finish and not until it was nearly room temperature. I would hope for much more smoke. Quite fruity, coffee in the aroma, some chocolate in the flavour. Pours very pretty.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly smokey, not much though. Itís a nice porter, some nice chocolate, and coffee notes on the palate. The finish diminishes quickly. I find the slight smoke to be on the finish, A good one to try if youíre curious about smoked beer, because it really doesnít overwhelm you.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The one Stone beer I do not like. When they say smoked porter they mean SMOKED. It is too smoky for my tastes. It is a great beer to look at and it can blend well with other beers such as the stone pale but by itself it is very smoky.
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours a Deep black brow witha a thick head of tan bubbles. Nose is smoky roasted malt. Dry roasty smoky flavor. silky body. warming finish. A new addition to my favorite beers.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 8/14/02: Dark. moderately sweet, slightly smokey. A nice porter, not my favorate style, but O.K. for a change of pace.
7/5/04: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a medium frothy cocoa colored head. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts slightly sweet with a little coffee and chocolate and a hint of smoke turning lightly bitter and finishing kind of dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable porter. : )
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
smoke is just right, setting off the delicious roasted chocolate flavors that dominate this beer.
WeekendWarrior (3) - USA - AUG 8, 2002 does not count
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I did not like this one at all. To thick and too bitter for my taste buds.