dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as great as i expected. Great dark color and nice malty aroma. Didnít really notice much smokiness, but i did taste bitter chocolate/coffee flavors. However they just didnt impress me that much. I was hoping this would challenge one of my favorite porters but it fell way short.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first sub-four Stone brew. I have grown to expect a lot from Stone - an amazing brewery deserves some sort of rediculous expectations - but this porter wasnít simply outstanding like the Imperial Stout or the IPA. There was a definite hop presence although not too bitter, the mildly smoked character was indeed pleasing but there was never that satisfying overwhelming sense of malty warmth that a good porter inherently has (in my elitist opinion).
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
not what I expected from stone. nice soft, rich, chocolatey porter with a touch of smoke. very little bitterness. average thickness for the style. nose isnít very well defined - but it may need to warm up a bit. not in anyway "over the top" like some of other stones brews - easy drinking. well balanced and enjoyable (but Iíd gladly swap this for a bottle of their russian imperial stout)
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much of a head on this, but a nice chocolate color, just a little light comes through. Smoky malt scent wafts up from this delicious offering. First sip, meaty flavor like a good charcoal grilled steak, cherry wood scent to it. Stays with you a while after you drink it. One of my new favorites
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours out of the big bottle with a deep ruby color and a thick, creamy tan head. It looked just like the picture, except Iím drinking it out of a Great Lakes glass. The nose is very malty with enough smoke to evoke a honey-baked ham. This is a very smooth drinking beer with strong malt support to the very nice smoke hints. Plenty of hops to balance this beer, with a nice bitter finish. I still think the Alaskan is a better smoke, but this is a damn fine beer that I can buy in Ohio.
hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Bottle... The aroma is great. Itís moderately malty, with a fairly strong burnt smell and hints of moasses and strong coffee. Smoke, alcohol and just a hint of charcoal comes through in the nose as well. The color of the beer is dark brown to black and the light brown, creamy head is average in size and mostly lasting. The lacing is good. Initially, in flavor, the beer is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. On the back side, itís lightly acidic and moderately bitter. The finish really lasts and has just a whisper of salt and a nice hint of smoke. Creamy, full mouthfeel. Lively carbonation and leaves a light smack of alcohol on your tongue Stone just brews really good beers.
Braudog (5489) - 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.