IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown, short lived tan head. Roasted malt aroma, some bitter chocolate. Flavor is fairly dry, notes of cocoa, roasted malt, and some underlying smoke. Medium to full body, gives a bit of a warming feeling for only 5.9%. Very nice porter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, at The Ginger Man, Manhattan.
Dark juicy brown body with a thin tan head. Rich toasted malt aroma. Viscous, rich stout-like texture. Really silky and full flavoured. The colour is so intense it is staining the glass. Alcohol is noticeable on the mind but I missed in smoked notes. Cracking beer though.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful ebony color, inpenerable by light. Nice finger size tan head, respectable lace for the remainder of the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee, fire malt and smoke. Taste is full, with the coffee and roasted malt up front, thinning to a nice solid medium hop finish that has a slight smokey tingle towards the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a strong medium. Nice bold, pungent porter with relentless charcoal and wood undertones. This porter is bold but smooth. Firey!
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose: roasted chocolate malts, hint of hops, slightly acidic. Pours thick, liquid is black opaque with a column of tiny bubbles streaming up along the curved side of my sniffer. Head is large, tan and lasting, strong lacing. Flavor: front is sweet chocolate malts, body very smoky, chocolate malts, some hops in the background, finish is smoky and moderately bitter. Palate is thinner than I was expecting but not watery by any means. Overall, excellent, by far the most out standing porter I've experienced. Some raters said this wasn't very "smoky", well their taste buds must be broken, lots of smoke flavor here.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, with a little tan head. Aroma is sweet, a bit metallic, with some roasty malts. Slight chocolate malt flavor, and not nearly smokey enough for my taste. Highly effervescent, with a thin mouthfeel, this was an underwhelming offering by Stone standards.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 This is a darn good smoked beer. Very dark and distinct porter taste with ust a hint of smokiness. Didn’t overpour the beer at all.
Dauber810 (20) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely rich, and delicious. Not very smoky but one of my favorite porters.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste is also very smooth smoked roasted malts and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall the best smoked beer I have ever had.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Pours dark ruby red. Thin, light tan head. Nice aftertaste that lingers a bit. Pretty good.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like the black of night. A nice white to off white head develops.
Aroma is roasted malt and smoke.
Flavor is deep smoked and roasted malt with a nice countering bitterness. Quite dry finish, but that cleans it all up. Quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is substantial but not quite coating which is appropriate for a porter, but I would call this basically an Imperial Porter.
Drinkability is great considering this is very flavorful brew.