GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark porter full of chocolate and coffee. Not as good as the 6th aniversary porter but still very good. The long finish is very enjoyable
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somehow I have never had nor rated this brew from Stone. This is really quite surprising considering how many of the other Stone brews I have had. Deep dark ruby body topped by a rocky tan head. Glass lacing is very nice. Aroma is smoky with a good amount of roasted malt and chocolate malt. I also get a good wallop of citrus hops. The flavor is smoky but not nearly as much as the Alaskan Smoked Porter. There are lots of chocolate and nutty flavors. The hops are noticeable. The body is medium-full with an acidic bite towards the end. The finish is medium dry there is a little bit of lingering sweetness but not overly much. Overall a very nice brew.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Chocolate and Coffee are present throughout the beer. Very nice, very smooth. I didn't really catch the smokiness, My first porter and very good one at that.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 (22 oz bottle, $3) Probably my favorite year-round beer from Stone; It has a chocolatey and strongly dark roasted flavor from start to finish; Somewhat sweet the instant the beer hits the tongue, but this gradually is overtaken by the intense bitterness that dominates the finish; The smokiness is moderately strong right from the first sip, but really comes to life late in the finish as well; Sweet, candy nose with a moderate aromas of smoke and hops; Full bodied, but not heavy; Nearly black and opaque with a slight brownish tint; Large tan head has a creamy topping over a bubbly head; Good head retention and lacing
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber: honestly this is my first smoked beer,(and I didn't inhale). I'm not crazy about the flavor but I appreciate the beer for the expertise in which it is crafted. Stone has my utmost respect. I will come back and re-rate as smoky beers are new to me.
FatsoMcGee (1) - USA - FEB 13, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on tap at DBA in NYC and was knocked out. I usually do not like any beer with the word "smoked" in the name, but ordered it cause it was the only Stone brew offered that day & it was simply amazing. Tasty as hell - without being "too" anything. Subtle waves of flavor!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky, chocolaty aroma. Pours a deep dark brown with a brown, creamy head. Tastes of ash, campfire, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The usual Stone hop bite comes in mildly at the end.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a small off-white head.Sweet roasty and smokey.Good balance and great use of malt.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark color, with a lasting tan head. Intense roasted aroma. Not as smokey as you would think when a beer is called smoked porter, but it has a great roasted flavor. Good overall balance.
hershiser2 (1911) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid $3.79 for a 650ml bottle.
DARK brown, nearly black, with a large, fluffy brown head.
Not overly smoky in the nose, but it's got hints. There's also some sweet caramel in there.
Not overly smoked in the flavor either... it does have a faint smokey flavor underneath the bitter cold coffee taste. It's nice.
A very solid and well-rounded beer. I wish it was a bit smokier, because smokey beers are fun. But I'll pick this up again.